Women's Rites - May 1995

Submitted by root on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:07

An exhibition of paintings by Monica Sjoo and works by North West artists Rebecca Doughty,  Judy GoughJean GrantJan Green, Judy Mazonowicz and Barbara Silvano.

The Exhibition was mounted in collaboration with News From Nowhere and John Moores University and was part of the Blackie's commitment to promoting the works of women.


 May 1st    Exhibition opening and introduction by Monica Sjöö.

                 Performance by Judy Mazonowicz. 7.30 pm at The Blackie

 May 2nd   Monica Sjoo talks on her visual work 11am at the Hope St Lecture

                Theatre, John Moores univeristy.

 May 2nd   Monica Sjoo talks about her written work.  7.30pm at

                  News From Nowhere, Bold Street.

 May 4th     A talk given by Monica in celebration of the Earth as a living     

                 mother. 7.30 The Blackie Gallery


 Monica Sjöö (1935-2005)

The Swedish artist/writer Monica Sjoo who was at this time based in Bristol. Monica gained National and International recognition after exhibiting and lecturing throughout Europe and North America.

Monica was making a return visit to the Blackie after the "Sisterhood is Powerful" project at the Blackie in 1974.

Monica described herself as a "radical Goddess feminist" and said of her work: "I am a visual artist but also need to communicate through the written word. I passionately love the Great Mother, our beautiful Earth, and all my work, whether painting or writing, have always been done on her behalf."

By this point in time she had written and published two books one of which was called 'New Age and Armageddon'.

Jood Gough (previously Judy Bates).  

At the time of this exhibition Jood had been working part-time at the Blackie for about 9 years, this included running the Blackie Gallery.  In 1990 she began to teach art formally in the adult education sector through the WEA

Joined  the international collaborative painting group Collaborative Phenomena (cf. their Paris gig, April 1994, on YouTube ) - one of the pieces she co-produced in Paris was exhibited at Women's Rites.

 She works mainly as a painter and print-maker, and sometimes makes 3D work, usually as installations.  She is interested in juxtapositions and relationships between landscape and the figure, and the work is usually abstracted. 

Jan Green

Textile Artist.  Born and educated in Liverpool, moved to North Wales in 1972.  At the time of the exhibition May 1995 had been involved with the Black-E for approx 5 years including creating 24 batik Banners for African Connexions, providing works for African routes and touring Liverpool running workshops for the Portrait Game. 

Now retired  from teaching art,  spends 4 months of the year working freelance as a textile artist producing batiks and wall hangings. Has exhibited in a number of galleries and ran a number of workshops. Jan is  currently involved with other artists in North Wales, and still continue her my position with the Black-E as a Trustee.

Jude Mazonowicz

My first job,at 16 in 1971, was at Great Georges Community Arts Centre (the Blackie) as a Community Artist.  I worked on their wonderful, exciting "Gifts to a City" project as well as working on the Summer Playscheme while living in the building.

1979 working with Open Eye I made contact with like-minded women who helped develop Women's IndependenT Cinema House, WITCH - a women's film, television, and photography group screening, exhibiting, discussing, training and creating work by/for women.

Studied Fine Art with John Moore's University and it was while studying that I took part in the Women's Rites project and read poetry in front of the Blue and Gold symbols I had created.

I have been working with Windows Poetry Group and Liverpool Community College since that time specialising in working with people with mental health problems and/or learning difficulties creating art and poetry.  I am now freelance Community Artist continuing to work in these areas.