Domestic Work is Work



Domestic Work is Work
An exhibition of recent education projects and campaign work
August 7–11 2019
Open Wed–Sun, 12–6pm
Sun 11, 12–6pm: on the hour exhibition tours and join the afternoon workshop activities and campaign discussions

Domestic Work is Work is organised by The Voice of Domestic Workers and hosted by Cubitt. The exhibition will present the group’s recent film My Home is Not My Home a collectively produced arts project that emerged as a response to the exploitation, invisibility and marginality of migrant domestic workers due to their class, gender, race and UK immigration laws.

Since October 2018 The Voice of Domestic Workers have been a part of the current Structures That Cooperate programme at Cubitt. On a practical level the spaces at Cubitt have been made available to support the group’s ongoing work and collaborations with cultural workers, educators and activists. The sharing of space has also been the grounds for developing forms of solidarity and knowledge exchange in relation to work, education, precarity and collective organising.

Workshops, events and discussions have asked how strategies of art production and distribution can inform and support social movements related to labour and visibility – intending also to build new alliances that can propose strategies for continued collective working. This collaboration to align and support labour struggles across different sectors is in tandem to conversations with W.A.G.E. the Cubitt Cooperative and others to address models of cooperativity and resource distribution in the arts.

On the last day of this six-day presentation join members of VODW 12–6pm, for an ‘open studio’ format which will present hourly introductions to their work and the work on display and 2–4pm join a workshop with Barcelona based illustrator Abigail Tarraso who is supporting the production of a new campaign publication.

A self-organised network and campaigning group calling for justice and rights for Britain’s sixteen thousand migrant domestic workers. The Voice of Domestic Workers provide educational and community activities for domestic workers – including English language lessons, drama and art classes, and employment advice, and mount rescues for domestic workers stuck with abusive employers.​ Their work seeks to end discrimination and protect migrant domestic workers living in the UK by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare and legal advice.

Cubitt Gallery is part of an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. We promote innovative curatorial practice with an 18-month Bursary, supporting curators at the beginning of their careers.

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