The Feminist Duration Reading Group focuses on under-known and under-appreciated feminist texts, movements and struggles from outside the Anglo-American feminist tradition. The group was established in March 2015 by Helena Reckitt, at Goldsmiths, University of London and relocated in July 2015 to SPACE in Hackney, East London where it was hosted until April 2019. In June 2019, the group began a year-long residency at the South London Gallery focused on intersectional feminisms in the UK context.

FDRG sessions have been organised with Emilia-Amalia at Art Metropole in Toronto; in London at the Barbican Art Centre; Mimosa House, AntiUniversity; as part of The Table at the Swiss Church; and elsewhere in the UK at Grand Union, Birmingham; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; and Hypatia Trust, Penzance.           

Currently the group meets once a month, alternately on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the South London Gallery, and the second Saturday of the month at 4pm a non-institutional venue.

The FDRG welcomes feminists of all genders and generations to explore the legacy and resonance of art, thinking and collective practice from earlier periods of feminism, in dialogue with contemporary practices and movements.

Working Group

FDRG activities are initiated by a Working Group. Current members are:

Giulia Antonioli, Angelica Bollettinari, Beth Bramich, Lina Džuverović, Lily Evans-Hill, Sabrina Fuller, Haley Ha, Félicie Kertudo, Mariana Lemos, Ceren Özpinar, Sara Paiola, Helena Reckitt, Ehryn Torrell and Fiona Townend.

Contact us:

If you would like to join the reading group mailing list or propose a focus for a session, or invite us to lead a meeting, please contact: feministduration@gmail.com 

Women at Work

Women at Work

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Tue 3 Oct, 7-9pm
SPACE Mare Street
Free & all welcome

Led by Laura Castagnini and Diana Baker Smith

The October meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group comprises a performance-based collective reading of the first seminar of Women at WorkA Week of Women’s Performance in Australia. This programme of performances, seminars and documentation from women around Australia took place at the George Paton Galleries in Melbourne in June 1980. It was the first project to highlight relationships between feminism and performance art in Australia, and the publication today remains a rare focus on this critical, albeit under-represented, field.

Hosted by curator Laura Castagnini and artist Diana Baker Smith, we read aloud the conversation staged in 1980, in which participants discussed their own work as well as feminist issues more generally. Thereafter we will consider the relevance of such projects in the contemporary context, in particular attending to the changing nature of labour and ideas of collective action.

This event is the first outcome of Women at/and Work, a new research-driven creative project examining connections between feminist art and activism in Australia and the UK.

Italian Feminisms and the Practice of Entrustment   

Italian Feminisms and the Practice of Entrustment  

Feminisms in China

Feminisms in China