Devised by Ruth Ewan, Dreadnoughts was a series of guided walking tours around East London. Each walk took its starting point from an historical struggle in the local area. Dreadnoughts borrowed its title from activist Sylvia Pankhurst's radical newspaper Workers' Dreadnought for which she was imprisoned for sedition. The walks were led by invited specialists and accompanied by a series of ephemeral art works, including badges and short live works, marking the spread of information along the way.
Dreadnought no. 1: Don't let their ideas into your mind and house
Friday 2 July, 7 - 9pm
David Rosenberg will lead a walk around Whitechapel and Stepney exploring anti-fascism and its legacy from the 1930s onwards.
David Rosenberg is a journalist, educationalist and activist. He runs East End Walks, organising regular walking tours focusing on the rich radical and immigration history of East London.
Dreadnought no. 2: Who owns the city?
Saturday 3 July, 4 - 6pm
Segregation in our cities is nowhere better illustrated than in Docklands and the Isle of Dogs. Now the Olympics promises to bring with it another quantum change. What does this regeneration actually mean for the people who live there and who is it really for? Anna Minton will lead a walk around the area exploring these questions.
Anna Minton is the author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City. She was a former staff writer for the Financial Times and writes regularly for The Guardian and The New Statesman. She is the author of The Joseph Rowntree Foundation Viewpoint on fear and distrust.
Dreadnought no. 3: We want equality!
Sunday 4 July, 4 - 6pm
Sheila Rowbotham will lead a walk around Mile End and Bow focusing on the struggle for better living and working conditions fought for by the people of East London from the 1880s to the 1920s.
Feminist historian and author Sheila Rowbotham was formerly Professor of Gender and Labour History at the University of Manchester. Her many books include A Century of Women: The History of Women in Britian and the United States in the Twentieth Century and Dreamers of a New Day, which describes women's ideas of changing everyday life. She has written for, among other newspapers, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The New Statesman and the New York Times.
Dreadnoughts is part of A Sense of Place, Chisenhale Gallery's flagship exchange programme for three secondary schools in Tower Hamlets and artists with specific interests in collectivism, collaboration and direct engagement with social and cultural contexts. Chisenhale Gallery has received an investment from Deutsche Bank and Arts & Business to develop their education programme. The Arts & Business Investment Programme is funded by Arts Council England.
Ruth Ewan is a Scottish artist based in London. Her work has been shown as part of Art Sheffield (2010), Frieze Projects (2009), Altermodern: Tate Triennial (2009) and Younger Than Jesus (2009) New Museum, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include, El nuestro es el mundo a pedar de todos, Kiosko Galeria, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (2009), A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World, Ancient and Modern, London (2009), Fang Sang, ICA, London (2008) amd Did You Kiss the Foot that Kicked You?, Artangel, London (2007). She is represented by Rob Tufnell, London.
Dreadnoughts is part of CREATE10 www.createlondon.org
Click here to find details of a limited edition print by Ruth Ewan, produced to accompany her Chisenhale project.
Digital print on Sommerset Velvet paper
23.5 x 34.5 cm
Edition of 25 + 5 AP, signed and numbered
Standard price: £120 (unframed)
Chisenhale Friends' price: £108 (unframed)*
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Ruth Ewan has created a new limited edition print for Chisenhale Gallery marking the realisation of her offsite commission Dreadnoughts (July 2010) and the culmination of her year-long residency in three Tower Hamlets’ secondary schools, exploring the radical history of East London.
The limited edition brings together nine small drawings, by four Year Eight boys from St Paul's Way School, on found cigarette cards from the early 20th century collected by Ruth Ewan. Taking inspiration from Sylvia Pankhurst's transformation of a local pub, The Gunmakers' Arms, into a nursery known as The Mothers' Arms in 1914, the boys were invited to apply the same pacifist logic to a series of images of warships.
Ruth Ewan is a Scottish artist based in London. Her work has been shown as part of Weighted Words, Zabludowicz Collection, London; A million Miles from Home, Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone; The Human Pattern, Kunstall Olso (all 2011); Art Sheffield (2010), Frieze Projects; Altermodern: Tate Triennial and Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York (all 2009). Recent solo exhibitions and projects include Billboard for Edinburgh, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2012); Brank & Heckle, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2011); Dreadnoughts, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2010); El nuestro es el mundo a pedar de todos, Kiosko Galeria, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (2009); A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World, Ancient and Modern, London (2009); Fang Sang, ICA, London (2008) and Did You Kiss the Foot that Kicked You?, Artangel, London (2007).
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