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.
Princesses: Simran Virdee, Zahabia Naveed, Harpreet Panesar, Kirtan Virdee
Location: Bracken Edge, Leeds
The sentiment here should be very clear. Girls are more than princesses, more than pretty, more than whatever limiting stereotype we throw at them.
Zahabia’s Mum, Kauser, wrote to her daughter’s school about this project, exclaiming: “I feel this event and project resonates with the schools ethos about girls achieving their potential and challenging stereotypes”.
Princess: Annabeth Robinson
Location: Leeds College of Art
Annabeth is the sort of person who makes you sick, because she’s so good at everything. She’s particularly fab at tech stuff, and therefore our Princess of Power.
Princess: Mary Dowson
Location: BCB Radio, Bradford
Mary is the Director and one of the founders of Bradford Community Broadcasting. I’m fairly sure I speak for the many when I refer to her as a bit of a goddess, she’s proper ace.
Mary: “I’ve never found a princess that had any appeal.”
Princesses: Jenny Wilson and Natalie Davies
Location: Cartwright Hall, Bradford
Jenny: “We’ve all been brought up in a patriarchy, and our language is formed in that context, the words we have, the frames of reference we have, the very thoughts in our heads – those words are patriarchal words. Everything is so very gendered.”
Natalie: “The princesses do not reflect the everyday female. I never could quite relate to any of the Disney princesses – so I just settled for being Mowgli!”