A selection of The Real Princesses of Yorkshire photographs will be exhibited in the Assembly Bar and Kitchen at HEART in Headingley from Feb 17th to March 29th 2018. If you’ve not been to Heart before, it’s a great community venue with a variety of art and activities on offer. The cafe is open Monday–Saturdays 8am–9pm, with food served until 7.45pm. The food (especially the cake) is great!
FREE FAMILY FUN – Saturday 3rd March 10:30am
And we have family-fun planned to celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday 3rd March. Not All Princesses Wear Pink! is a fun, gender-positive story and song workshop, free for families. Are all princesses pink and ‘girly’? NO! Are princesses sometimes boys? YES! We’ll be laughing and singing with expert storyteller Rachel McMahon and musician Pariss Elektra, with British Sign Language support from Lizzie Wharton. Children (and parents!) of all ages and genders are welcome to join us for this free workshop, but advance booking is advised.
Princess: Kath Morgan-Thompson
Location: Bathroom in Iberica, Leeds
Kath: “I was never really bothered for the princess thing as a little girl and saw through the ridiculous idea of a prince coming to save me. That was probably due to the mystique of manhood being farted out of me by my four flatulent brothers!”
Princess: Pariss Elektra
Location: The Old Red Bus Station, Leeds
Women – by Pariss
A woman is always told to be bright, to shine a smile so the world can see her beauty for those that desire.
A woman is always told to be delicate, like fine China, until she falls and realises she doesn’t break, she bounces back quicker than her opposite.
A woman is strong, always centred within the eye of the hurricane.
A woman is wild, always ready to wield her axe to protect her kin, from birth.
A woman is the depth of darkness, the black hole that draws in the stars and, from that, births entire universes.
A woman is beauty in motion she cannot be kept still, do not try to keep her.
She is nature personified.
Prince: Wendy Denman
Location: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
We bloody LOVE Prince.
Princess: Maria Millionaire (Martin Carter)
Location: The Corn Exchange, Leeds
Martin: “As a drag queen I’m aware of always doing things ‘dressed as a girl’ which aren’t derogatory or insulting to women. I want to celebrate womanhood. I’m not sure the ideal archetype of a princess does that. It often presents women in the way of needing saving, needing a man or that the only worthwhile pursuit is singing to birds and collecting fruit.”
Princess: Maria Spadafora
Location: My flat, Morley
I had no plan to be part of my own project, but I was determined to include Princess Leia. Of all the princess icons (and she’s technically owned by Disney, now) I expected loads of people to jump at the chance to recreate her image, as she genuinely is/was a strong, determined character with agency. Curiously, not a single person wanted to! Those who didn’t already have their own costumes in mind, wanted to dress up in full princess bling. So I did Leia, swamped by tulle and organza, camera and long lens mimicking her blaster.
Finding a costume was a challenge. If you purchase Princess Leia fancy dress, you will
a) find it hard to get anything above a size 12 and
b) soon learn that most designs are skin tight with massive slits in the skirt, nothing like the original look, and totally fetishize her.
It’s quite depressing.
One woman had a really long look around the exhibition in Arts at Trinity, and we had a lovely chat. Not realising it was me, she asked if this was a drag queen, which made my day.
Princess: Emma Bearman
Location: Playbox, Victoria Gardens, Leeds
Do you know Emma Bearman? Who I am kidding, of course you know her, everyone knows Emma! She makes stuff happen in Leeds. She truly is a Warrior Princess.