Curated by Deborah M Withers


Opening: Friday 30 November 6.30-8.30pm.

Opening hours Thurday to Sunday 12 to 6pm.

An exhibition about Women’s Liberation Music Making in the UK. It will showcase how feminists used music as an activist tool to entertain and empower women during the 1970s and 1980s. It brings together for the first time a diverse collection of women’s cultural heritage to inspire and inform contemporary audiences about the politics of music making.

Music & Liberation will draw on, and collect new material for, the Women’s Liberation Music Archive, an online blog launched in May 2011 by Frankie Green and Dr Deborah Withers.

Space Station Sixty-Five look forward to seeing this important online resource in a physical format, and to welcoming what is sure to be an amazing and diverse audience to this event. SS65 will be curating events and talks relating to the exhibition.

For more information please visit:
Womens’ Liberation Music Archive

M & L on Tumblr


A programme of events will run alongside the exhibition, including live music and a series of talks:

Opening Events – 30 November:
Jude Alderson, founder of cult performance act the Sadista Sisters will share her memories at 6pm. Followed by legendary folk singer Frankie Armstrong who will sing a few songs and Lizzie Shirley singing the suffragette anthem.

8 December:
The inaugural Queer Zine Fest London, 12-7pm. With its own programme of talks and DJs.

8 December – 13 January:
An exhibition of posters from Melanie Maddison’s Shape & Situate fanzine of inspirational European women.

Closing Events – 13 January:

A conversation with Barby Asante, founder of the South London Black Music Archive, and exhibition curator Deborah Withers about community memories, generational transmissions and music. Chaired by Tom Perchard, author of Lee Morgan – His Life, Music and Culture. 

A screening of a documentary on The Gluts. Comprising Hayley Newman, Gina Birch and Kaffe Matthews, The Gluts are an all-female troupe of activists/artists/musicians.
Followed by a Q&A, and the showing of Gluts’ pop videos.