WOMEN'S CREATIVE COMPANY
This Participation Project is our most longstanding project and so far, has seen us engage with over 200 women. Originally set up in January 2011 in collaboration with conFAB,ﾠthe group developed out of our previous projects that focused upon women’s stories and issues. In 2012 A Moment’s Peaceﾠtook on sole responsibility for the group and it continues to be open to any woman in Glasgow over 18 not working professionally in the arts.
The Women’s Creative Company exists so that women of all ages and cultures from across Glasgow can come together and share their experiences, ideas and creative energy. We aim to develop skills, build your confidence and have a lot of fun.
The FREE practical and playful weekly workshops provide a safe space where you can express your passions and concerns through creative exploration, where friendships are built, and exciting performance work is made. We are always open to new members, and you do not need to have any prior experience of drama or the arts. We also can support with travel needs and/or childcare.
Sadly - due to COVID19 - we are not in a position to host events or meet in person at the moment, but the group are still creating work digitally and when we can, we'll do our best to get everyone back a theatre space together.
In the meantime, if you would like to hear more about our recent digital programme or get involved in our online workshops, please do get in touch.
No question is too small!
“If someone told me this time last year that I would ever perform in front of other people I would have laughed at them”.
The Story So Far...
Since 2011 the Women’s Creative Company have created and produced events, exhibitions and full productions, including: At A Distance Together, It’s Her Birthday, 80.1, Standing Strong, Endurance, Privilege, Hidden Footprints and Stories to Survive to.
In between these larger projects members of the group have undertaken smaller-scale, more bespoke projects that have focused on creative development and expanding the groups’ individual and collective artistic practice. These include:
The first six months of 2015 saw the Women’s Creative Company focus on exploring and experiencing a variety of performance-making skills. Each session focussed on a distinct art form or style that the group had little experience of. Over the last six months we have had the pleasure of exploring Space and Materials with Visual Artist and Designer Rachel O’Neil, Performance Poetry with Anita Govan, Shadow Puppetry with Alison Monaghan, Script Development with Muriel Romanes and Live Performance with Louise Brodie. We also hosted a special workshop as part of Refugee Festival Scotland, which saw AMP Artistic Director work with the group to explore how artistic expression connects to activism and whether it can empower us to demand Rights, Dignity and Protection.
Visions of the Future
In Autumn 2014 the Women’s Creative Company explored ‘Visions for The Future’. At a time when Scotland was - and continues to be - deep in conversation about the kind of society it wants to be, the Women’s Creative Company worked with visiting artists to create work focused around what it means to be a woman in contemporary Scotland and how our stories, questions and imaginative responses can help shape the path ahead.
In September and October 2013 the The Women’s Creative Company worked with artist Laura Bradshaw to develop a scratch performance for The Tron’s Reclaim the F-Word festival. The piece explored what feminism and being a feminist meant to the performers.
Some Other Mother
In May and June 2013 the Women's Creative Company worked with the creative team of this powerful production to develop the musical score for the show. As well as being integral in creating the sound world for the show, the group worked with Catrin Evans (director), as well as AJ Taudevin (writer) and Michael John McCarthy (composer) to produce a CD of original poems, songs and spoken word pieces in response to themes explored in the production.
If I Were You and You Were Me
The group performed their first public sharing in March 2011 as part of our event It’s Her Birthday.
This short piece was a response to the fact that there is only one statue of a woman in Glasgow’s George Square - whereas there are eleven men. So we decided to create living, breathing, speaking statues of the women who the group had been inspired by - women who we decided needed to be celebrated publicly.
We also went on to perform this piece at The Tramway’s event to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day.