Screening and discussion with Anne-Marie Copestake and Louise Shelley

10 July, 2024
– 10 July, 2024
Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF
poster for Circles . text: Women's film and video distribution. four panels of images and text in black and white
A screening of films from Cinenova followed by an in-conversation between Anne-Marie Copestake and Cinenova Working Group member Louise Shelley.
On the occasion of Anne-Marie Copestake’s LUX exhibition ‘Birdsong and a Bathroom’ the artist will be in discussion with curator Louise Shelley on the themes of the exhibition and a short screening of films selected from Cinenova, whose founding organisation Circles was established on the Holly Lodge Estate in 1979.
Chosen through their ties to the Cinenova collection the screening will connect to histories of women organising globally through protest, resistance and protection of home.
Films screened will include a selection from the ‘Hang on a Minute’ series (1983) a series of short poems written by Lis Rhodes, reflecting on the traditional patterns of oppression in women’s lives and the many forms that resistance takes. Further films tba.
This event is presented in collaboration with Holly Lodge Community Centre.



  • Hang on a minute / Pink Patterns – Lis Rhodes with Jo Davis, 1 minute, 1983: One of thirteen 1 minute films which grew out of a series of short poems written by Lis Rhodes, reflecting on the traditional patterns of oppression in women’s lives (pornography, violence, nuclear weapons) and the many forms that resistance takes. Made with the artist Jo Davis and commissioned by Channel 4 for television broadcast.


  • Home and Dry, Leeds Animation Workshop,  8 minutes, 1987, UK: Four women discuss their housing situations. None of them would describe themselves as homeless – after all they’ve never slept out on the street. However, as they listen to each other’s stories, they begin to understand that homelessness is something they’ve all experienced. The film analyses the inadequacies of housing policies and examines the political thinking that lies behind them.


  • Hang on a minute / Pornography – Lis Rhodes with Jo Davis, 1 minute, 1983


  • They Call Us Maid – Leeds Animation Workshop, 7 minutes, 2005, UK: The domestic workers’ story. An animated film from Leeds Animation Workshop which tells the story of thousands of women who come to work as Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK from countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, South Asia or Africa, finding work abroad to support their families.  Employed as Migrant Domestic Workers and isolated in foreign households, many of these workers find themselves trapped in conditions of precocity and exploitation. Based on the real life stories of migrant domestic workers, the programme uses vivid watercolour animation to reveal some disturbing truths about present-day slavery. Made in consultation with The Voice of Domestic Workers


  • Red Skirts on Clydeside – Sheffield Film Coop, 40 minutes, 1983, UK: A documentary film that looks at the process of rediscovering women’s history, using the 1915 Glasgow Rent Strike as a focal point. The Rent Strike was a protest against Glasgow’s landlords who were exploting the war situation.

Content Note:

Please note the films tell stories of women affected by state violence including housing issues, labour rights, employer abuse and exploitation. Time for questions, reflection and feedback will be held by the facilitators after the screening.



Anne-Marie Copestake is an artist living in Glasgow. Attentive to temporary and longer term communities, daily acts, acts of refusal, narrative and emotion, her work is concerned with entangled social political conditions surrounding choices, or lack of choices, and an exploration of histories and environments that may have contributed. She often works collaboratively, recently with musician Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh.


Louise Shelley is a Curator on TfL’s Art on the Underground programme and an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts: Central Saint Martins. Previous roles include the Cubitt Curatorial Fellow for 2018/19 where she developed a 15-month public programme working from the structure of Cubitt as an artist-run co-operative prior to this she was the Collaborative Projects Curator at The Showroom from 2010 to 2018. Communal Knowledge programme was a series of collaborative projects with local and international artists to propose and activate approaches to critical engagement with The Showroom’s social and cultural surroundings.


There will be no waiting list for this event.

5 tickets (general at 6£) will be available at the door.

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