Salon Without Boundaries is an initiative set up by a
pair of old friends: Dr Briony Cox-Williams, pianist, researcher and
postgraduate tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, and Pierrette Thomet, mezzo,
artist and founder/director of WAM-Weather Art and Music. We want to look back
on the thriving and culturally extremely important phenomenon of the
19th-century salon, which gave women a platform to contribute the fruits of
their creativity to a culture that denied them a public voice. And we want to
re-imagine the salon for our digital times by using the opportunities offered
by online platforms and streaming to reach across the globe to women creators.
We are particularly interested in reaching across disciplines, so our very
first live salon is called 'Mapping the Boundaries - Women, Creativity and the
Natural World', and it's taking place in London at the 1901ArtsClub near
Waterloo station, on 14th November. We'll have a talk about Maria Merian,
17th-century artist, entomologist and explorer, music by Fanny Hensel (our
Salon patron) and Pauline v. Decker, poetry by Elizabeth Lewis Williams
reflecting on scientific engagement with Antarctica, and settings of
Elizabeth's poetry by Jenni Pinnock. Plus discussion and of course, in true
Salon fashion, food and drink.
Doors open at 6pm, and we start at 7pm. Join us for all
of it or a bit of it. Tickets are available at http://www.1901artsclub.com/ and include food
and a drink of your choice.
We are delighted to be able to acknowledge the generous
support of the Royal Academy of Music and the Arts Council, enabling us to go
ahead and make our dream a reality. Now all we need is an audience to come and
enjoy themselves. Having bent many conference attendees' ears about this and
got so much encouragement from you all, we would love to be able to welcome you
to the very first Salon Without Boundaries! Please also feel free to share this
through your networks. The more the merrier and the better the conversation.