Stidolph The next dawn
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Gathering workshop

This work­shop is a meet­ing point for inter­est­ed women to hear more about the project The next dawn, the next spring’ and to meet the artist.

‘The next dawn, the next spring’
SAT 11 MARCH , 14.00 - 16.00
The Engine Room, The Exchange, Penzance, TR18 2NL

'The next dawn, the next spring' is a call to women who are childless not by choice to join with others in a filmed event at Treyarnon Bay, near Padstow, where a group of women will sing into the dusk and with the dawn.

This project, which will take place on a beautiful part of the Cornish coast is an opportunity to be part of an expression of lived experience that affects 1 in 5 women. For more information please see the four minute video here -

This first session on 11 March, 2pm at The Exchange, Penzance is a meeting point to hear more about the project and to be in a supportive space with other women experiencing childlessness not by choice.

This session is supported by Yvonne John from Gateway women, public speaker on childlessness who has appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes and leads inspiring sessions with women who are childless not by choice.

It would be lovely to meet you. There is no need to bring anything - just bring yourself. Refreshments will be provided.

We are looking for 10 participants to take part in the filmed event.

If you are unable to attend the workshop dates please contact the artist at as there is potential to join on the day of filming.

More info:
The workshops are a chance to come together in relation to being childless not by choice in recognition of what can be an isolating experience. The project provides an opportunity to meet other people with connected experience, whatever point you are at in your story, and to influence the performance and video – to bring your voice to the work. There is no requirement to be a singer, or performer, the piece is about taking our place in the landscape, standing alongside each other.

Yvonne John –
Yvonne is a British author and activist for the Childless women of colour. She is a public speaker who has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes, including BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’. She is known as the leading voice for the women of colour’s experience around infertility, as well as creating an inclusive space for black women and women of colour to openly talk about their childless journey. Yvonne is a graduate of Gateway Women’s Plan B Mentorship programme. Gateway Women is a support group for women who are childless by circumstance.

Melanie Stidolph - is featured in the current exhibition 'We Are Floating in Space' at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange. Her work is influenced by her experience of infertility and childlessness. The exhibition includes the book 'Endless Reproduction', a photo book about trying to get pregnant, recently featured on The Guardian website.
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