Tall Tales,  women artists’ playful exploration of the human experience


**Next Tall Tales exhibition will be at Glasgow Women’s Library on Saturday 22 October with our PV event on Friday 21 October, 5-8pm**


 Tall Tales is a national touring programme bringing together the work of 17 international women artists who employ the playful use of storytelling techniques in the making of their work.

Stories have been shared for centuries and across every culture as a means of entertainment, cultural preservation and education. The artists in Tall Tales use storytelling techniques to toy with our perception of myth, reality, the public and private, ideas on difference, as well as question our assumptions. Their works reveal uncanny scenarios, sometimes pointing to personal stories but more broadly, issues pertinent to society at large and what we might call ‘the human experience’.

The exhibition tour launches in London this spring 2016 at Freud Museum London, Swiss Cottage Gallery & Library and the Tavistock Clinic and then tours to Touchstones Rochdale and Rochdale Central Library, Lancashire, culminating at Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) in Scotland.

Tall Tales artists confirmed for participation are:
Alinah Azadeh (Lewes, UK); Ruth Barker (Glasgow, UK); Nicky Bird (Glasgow, UK); Jacqueline Butler (Manchester, UK); Sharon Campbell (Manchester, UK); Beth Collar (Bristol, UK); Alison Erika Forde (Manchester, UK); Sarah Forrest (Glasgow,UK); Rachel Goodyear (Manchester, UK); Oona Grimes (London, UK); Margarete Berger-Hamerschlag (b. Vienna, Austria 1902, died London, England 1958); Lila De Magalhaes (LA, USA); Laure Prouvost (London, UK); Ma Qiusha (Beijing, China); Lauren Sagar (Manchester, UK); Mirjam Somers (Rotterdam, NL); Nina Yuen (NY, USA)

Tall Tales will feature new works and performance commissions by Ruth Barker and Beth Collar, developed for Freud Museum London and Glasgow Women’s Library. A national touring exhibition and distributed programme, Tall Tales will also present a significant public programme, informed by research and development. The development programme is iterative and to date has included research residencies for Ruth Barker with Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and Beth Collar with Glasgow Women’s Library in 2014. In 2016 the results of these residencies will be presented, alongside an ambitious touring co-production Call for Cloth by Lauren Sagar and supported by Joanna Peace, both of whom will be working with community groups and encouraging participation by the general public across the UK, having kick-started this process at the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival in 2015. Following Lauren Sagar’s collaboration with Sharon Campbell on the award winning Chandelier of Lost Earrings, Lauren Sagar and Joanna Peace will be working with community groups and the general public across the UK, actively looking to hear from those interested in taking part. See Lauren’s Tall Tales website page here for more detail and do contact callforcloth@gmail.com if you would like to contact Lauren or Joanna themselves.

As part of the 2016 programme Tall Tales will also be working with artist writing commissioner and developer Akerman Daly. Akerman Daly will support Ruth Barker in producing and publishing new writings, with AD online hosting Alinah Azadeh and Oona Grimes in their library on art and writing. Female critics engaged with Glasgow Women’s Library will also be touring with Tall Tales, interpreting and sharing their writing.

For full information on locations and dates of the tour visit our Venues & Schedule page

To make direct contact with the Tall Tales organisers, please email talltalestouring@gmail.com


Tall Tales is curated and produced by wewioraprojects wewioraprojects.com

wewioraprojects is a curatorial collaboration and producing agency established in 2013. wewioraprojects works across disciplines, connects artists at different career stages and from ranging backgrounds, often working in partnership and with alternative contexts ranging from health, housing and media partners, to clubs, museums, libraries, heritage and pop-up spaces, as well as outdoors. Since establishing in 2013 wewioraprojects has developed commissions and worked with artists including Open Music Archive with Graham Massey (808 State), Grizedale Arts, Beth Collar, Ruth Barker, Poppy Whatmore and TOAST, Emily Speed, Richard Shields and Harry Clayton-Wright, Nicola Smith, and Lucy Harvey. For more information on wewioraprojects recent activity please visit www.wewioraprojects.com


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