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About the Art of Nuisance

Over summer of 2015 Miss Pokeno invited five young emerging artists – Sarah Maple, Cristina Lina, Rebecca Jackson, Fari Bradly and Meg Mosley to the Sisters HQ at London Bridge to create an ‘Instrument of Nuisance‘. ‘Making a Nuisance of themselves’ was a patronising phrase used by the politicians of the time to belittle the suffragettes. As a response we decided to dedicate two weeks to celebrating art, activism and agitation by women.

The artists were each given ten days in the workshops and resources and could interpret this however they chose. The resulting work was exhibited at HQ October 8th – 23rd and was accompanied by a programme of events curated collectively between artists, activists and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance.
Following a big opening night party on 8th October artist Cristina Lina and educater Olivia Chessell hosted a soup salon and invited students and teachers from Welling School, activists and academics down to dissect an old schools posters designed in the early 80s by Christine Halsall and the Poster Collective. New posters are currently being incubated.
Polly Violà – our interventionist artist – shifted all the furniture round and set up a screen to show Just Do It – a call to arms film directed by Emily James.
Meg Mosley and Sarah Maple joined forces to present a wild gin fuelled night of Intergenerational Feminist Arm Wrestling. Not only did they manage to convince Debbie Harry to join in from New York via internet but they also had “Germaine Greer” and “Janelle Monae” in a head to head that any TV presenters could only dream of.
Krissi Boakye and the Peckham BraidBox crew teamed up for a Sunday afternoon to  talk about bodies and what it is to be young, black, British and feminist.
The Pen.gg Collective flew in from Berlin and held a brilliant workshop on how to combine deceptive digital expertise with performance and theatre skills to undermine authority and present new improved realities.
Sonic artist and broadcaster Fari Bradly along with Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad introduced a room full of people to historic and contemporary Iranian films and discussed and contextualised their portrayal of women.
On the closing night of the exhibition the artists took their work to the streets and together with a huge crowd of guests waving banners and making noise, paraded to a secret destination where Cristina Lina performed her Niki de Saint Phalle inspired potato cannon firing. Rebecca Jackson had constructed a target from her wearable tablecloth and filled black balloons with powder paint and as each potato hit the cloth balloons were exploded and paint flew. Drums rolled, the crowd roared, a potato goddess in a cloak of rubber gloves emerged from the debris and an all girl crew of DJs took over – Smouldering Ashtray, Jockey Leg, PG Tips, Trixy Skulz and Deejay D’Afro– to make it a night to remember.

IN THE PRESS

Fire The Potato Cannon! The Sisters of Perpetual Resistance Take Their Art To The Streets, The Guardian, UK

The Female Activist Collective Haunting The Art World, Dazed, UK

Getting Handsy at London’s First Feminist Arm-Wrestling Competition, Broadly, Vice, UK

The Art of Nuisance, Time Out London, UK

Anti-Rape Cloak Creator Sarah Maple: ‘No One Is Ever Asking for It, Ever, No Matter What They Are Wearing’, People, USA