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.