Curator’s Pick

A monthly series of bite-size talks by the curator or invited guest as they share stories inspired by their choice of objects or art from the galleries.

'Land of Laundries' - with Al Johnson

  • Thursday 21 March, 2.30pm

Free, all welcome. Booking recommended.

bronze sculpture of hand holding bar of soap

Join Haringey sculptor Al Johnson as she discusses the inspiration for and making of ‘Land of Laundries’, which will be on display in Bruce Castle Museum & Archive’s Compton Gallery for Women’s History Month 2024.

Al Johnson will talk you through the reminiscence workshops with older women at the Museum of the Home in London, and at Maerdy Women's Guild in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, that helped inform her work. The cleanliness of laundry was once seen as evidence of proficiency as a wife and mother for working-class women. ‘Land of Laundries’ suggests that, despite over a century of feminism, washing continues to be women’s work.

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