This 6-part mini-series explores art, activism and the women's movement in the UK in the 1970s and 80s. From early struggles for equal pay, to punk, Thatcher and the AIDS pandemic, this was a time of extreme social, economic and political change.
Join curator Linsey Young, as she hears from artists, makers and activists about how their radical ideas and rebellious methods changed the face of British culture and forged a path for future generations.
New episodes are released every Monday from 6 November – 11 December 2023.
Episode One: Ferocious and Magnificent
Curator Linsey Young journeys to the start of the Women's Liberation Movement and hears from women who were making work in the early 1970s.
Joined by artists, makers and activists, she explores how this generation came together to demand change and create new spaces to share their art.
From flour bombs to fly-posted propaganda, gallery installations to crocheted postal art, these women and their work forged a path for future generations.
Featuring Margaret Harrison, members of See Red Women’s Workshop (Pru Stevenson, Suzy Mackie and Anne Robinson), Su Richardson and Stella Dadzie.
Artworks Explored in Episode One
Episode two: There’s something not right here
In this episode, curator Linsey Young hears from women who were making work in the 1970s that commented on their roles in the family and in the home. From performing as a pregnant bunny girl in a cage at an agricultural show, to baking a life-sized family in a mobile home, their wildly original work received no attention in the art press.
She also uncovers the origins of the Women’s Art Library in the late 1970s, when art history was almost exclusively male, and contemporary women artists faced an extremely challenging environment.
Featuring Su Richardson, members of See Red Women’s Workshop (Pru Stevenson, Suzy Mackie and Anne Robinson), Shirley Cameron, Bobby Baker, Gee Vaucher and Felicity Allen.
Artworks Explored in Episode Two
Experience a 2023 replica of Bobby Baker’s An Edible Family in a Mobile Home at Tate Britain 8 November – 3 December 2023 and 8 March – 8 April 2024.
The Women in Revolt! podcast series was made possible by the generous support of Lubaina Himid.
Concept by Linsey Young. Research, interviews, recording, editing and production by Rosie Oliver for Tickertape Productions. Sound by Chris Maclean. Music from White Mice by Mo-dettes.
Banner image: Melanie Friend Greenham Protest 1984, reprinted 2023 Format Photographers Archive, Bishopsgate Institute