International Women's Day 2022
Conversations At The Table
To celebrate International Women's Day 2022 we collaborated with Loughborough Women's Network and artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood on a special dinner party event.
Conversations At The Table was inspired by ‘The Dinner Party’, a historically important piece of art by feminist artist Judy Chicago and took place on Tuesday 8 March in the Council Chamber, Hazlerigg. 'The Dinner Party' was a designed ceremonial banquet with a total of thirty nine place settings, each commemorating a significant woman from history. We re-imagined this work with a version that was designed and made by artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood, in collaboration with Loughborough Women’s Network.
Each item of the table setting, from plates and menus to napkins and tablecloth was specially created by Taylor Silverwood and Loughborough University students. The event was a wonderful opportunity for key staff at the University to have dinner with members of the Women’s Network and other representative student groups, who are campaigning for equality of gender and sexuality.
The centrepiece of the dinner was twenty six bespoke plates, which were designed and decorated by Loughborough University students who took part in an online workshop with Taylor Silverwood. They each created a design to celebrate a historical or contemporary figure and/or ideas around International Women's Day, both local and international.
The napkins were co-designed by Taylor Silverwood and staff, students and members of Loughborough Women's Network. They introduced a selection of questions and suggestions to help prompt and guide the conversation at the dinner.
The event was attended by members of Loughborough Women's Network, Senior Managers from the University, including the Vice Chancellor, and representatives from Loughborough Students' Union and other student groups.
International Women's Week Banner
Banners have historically been created and carried by women for consciousness-raising, advocacy and protest, and collective sewing has long provided a space for women to share experiences, seek support and solidarity. With this in mind, we invited artist and Loughborough alumna Amelia Seren Roberts to run a banner making workshop on Thursday 3 March. The workshop was open to members of Loughborough Women's Network and other students to collectively create a banner which would be the main focal point of the International Women's Week march around the University campus on Wednesday 9 March.
The banner was also displayed in the Council Chamber during 'Conversations At The Table' (see above).