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OUTWORK


socially engaged project, book and outdoor exhibition 
jan – september 2023

artist:
sophie huckfield

multistory:
jess piette
caron wright
emma chetcuti
rene francis-mcbrearty

dr natalie hyacinth
joseph lilley at Holodeck
james turner at stirchley printworks
emma purshouse

thanks to historic england for supporting this project, and in particular, to katy hoskyn.
 
funded by everyday heritage grants: celebrating working class histories, historic england




OUTWORK is rooted in the heritage of women’s oral storytelling, referencing how working women's herstories are often shared anecdotally and passed down through a spoken tradition, rather than through more official archival channels. the project seeks to explore how women can make space to debate what work is, and could be.

OUTWORK tells the stories of women* employed at kenrick and jefferson (k&j) print works on west bromwich high street. the project explores working-class women’s relationships to work and social class.

the project involved interviewing a cross section of k&j workers and researching personal and public archives, with the project mediating on how women can make space to debate what work is and could be. 

OUTWORK culminated in a book published by multistory editions, outdoor exhibition and podcast of the interviews in September 2023.

the resulting book (designed, printed and hand bound by joseph lilley / holodeck birmingham and available as a free pdf from multistory’s website) and the outdoor exhibition assemble images from the project participants’ personal archives; quotes from their interviews; and creative outcomes from two workshops charting the history of these working women’s lives, with a workshop hosted by stirchley printworks. Alongside, a new podcast produced by sound artist dr natalie hyacinth and narrated by wolverhampton city poet laureate (2020-2022) emma purshouse.

*when we say women this always includes trans women

many thanks to all involved in the project:

interviewees: claire boddy, denise burton, yvonne farnell, lisa harris, geoff may, caron o’dowd, manesh patel, nim patel, r.porter, patricia price, karen radburn, jane talbot, janet taylor, olive timmins.

workshop participants: wendy hood, donna martin, gillian miller, caron o’dowd, manesh patel, nim patel, patricia price, jane palfreyman, judith palfreyman, janet taylor, jill turner.