...if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together...
Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s
The Bower was founded as a feminist space. We are an art organisation committed to feminist principles of collaboration, support and community in our approach to our work. We believe that art and publishing can be an agent for change, engaging audiences in complex and challenging issues. Our feminism is queer and trans inclusive, intergenerational and anti-racist. We know that we have more work to do and that in order to be effective, liberation, action and allyship are bound together.
We will continue to read, watch, learn and interrogate, to show up and speak out. We are committed to doing the work beyond this moment of media focus and sharing it across our platforms and in our programme. We will fundraise for the adaptation of our building and improve our digital resources so that the space and programme is fully accessible to all. We will continue our work to prioritise marginalised voices through art and publishing and will create opportunities dedicated to BIPOC artists and writers.
We support the Black Lives Matter protests, the calls to teach Britain’s Imperialism and Black history in schools and the commitment to real change that we are seeing across the cultural sector. We go forward in hope and solidarity and with Angela Davis’ recent words-
This moment, this particular historical conjuncture, holds possibilities for change we have never before experienced.
Image: Black Lives Matter posters by Rose Nordin available to download and print here.