Today we're celebrating all the women of Woolwich Works!
The women who've come before us
The Knight Gallery is one of our historic spaces, named after Eliza Adelaide Knight who was a leader of the first East London suffragettes and a leading figure in the women’s suffrage movement. She spent her life fighting stereotypes and overcoming prejudice to build a fairer society.
The women who've made Woolwich a creative hotspot
With two local Woolwich authors in Bernadine Evaristo, winner of the Booker Prize 2019 for 'Girl, Woman, Other' making her the first Black woman and Black British person to win in its fifty year history, and Stella Duffy, theatre-maker and writer of over 100 novels, short stories and plays (she counted!), member of the Women's Equality Party and founder of Fun Palaces.
The women on our stages
From London legends lighting up the Fireworks Factory like Mica Paris opening the venue back in September, followed by Shingai headlining in October.
With Live at the Works we've had laughter lifting the roof with Sara Pascoe, Esther Manito, Sophie Duker and Celya AB. We've witnessed the innovative sounds of Emma-Jean Thackray and Isobel Burnham at THE RE:, and showcased the talents of women in Jazz with Raquel Martins, Plumm, Rachael Cohen, Juanita Euka, Ms Maurice and Rosie Frater-Taylor performing here for the London Jazz Festival.
We've had some amazing women play at Woolwich Works since we opened. Here's to there being many more to come!
The women behind the scenes
We have an amazing team of women behind the everyday life of Woolwich Works. From our Trustees like Mayor of Greenwich Cllr Denise Hyland, to our team behind the scenes making events happen and running the building, curating the programme and hiring out our spaces, and working with our local community. From finance to ticketing, development to marketing, the front of house team greeting our audiences to our bar and catering team serving up magic in the Visitors' Book Café, and so many more.
To our audiences and local community, whether you're buying tickets, hiring our spaces, or popping in for a post-work drink in the evening or a Sunday brunch, everyone who walks through our doors helps make Woolwich Works what it is today, and what it will be as we grow.
Happy International Women's Day 2022 from all of us at Woolwich Works!