Sassy by name, Sassy by nature, I write to explode the myths which surround the lapdancing profession - standing up for the clubs, the girls and the customers. Its not always drinking champagne and playing with my tits - it can be hassle, hustling and hangovers. At heart I'm just a regular twenty-something posh cockney living in London who likes taking her clothes off...
The Art of Stripping…. A 2 week festival celebrating and exploring stripper culture in trendy Shoreditch, October 2015 has launched an Indie Go Go campaign to help make it a success!
So stripping? And Art? Really? It’s an industry that many know exists – but…
Haven’t you always wondered what she’s thinking when she gives you a private lapdance?
Or wanted to get inside the mind of a performer as she puts on a smile and strolls out on stage?
Are you fascinated by the sinuous shapes of a pole dancer, bending like a sensual acrobat?
Perhaps you have an opinion on stripclub legislation, and want to know how the industry is controlled?
Or always wanted a shiny slinky dress of your own to dress up in and feel fierce.
Maybe you’ve tired of staying in with Netflix and want to see some inspirational independent short movies exploring the seedy subcultures of East London at night.
The ‘Art of Stripping’ exhibition and accompanying event programme answers all these questions and more. Organised by the trailblazing East London Stripper’s Collective, they’ve been given a great opportunity to take over the Red Gallery in Shoreditch.
Spoiler alert! I’m helping to organise this so it’ll be SO MUCH FUN!
Portrait photographer Vera Rodriguez is curating the art exhibition and will be displaying a series of black and white photos of cabaret, burlesque and striptease performers. She’s got tons of Latino attitude that translates across the lens, so her art is always full of energy and drama. She’s filling the walls with pole photographer Millie Robson, the pioneering ethical stripper Stacey Clare and beautiful costumes and lingerie from independent designers like Rose Lea
As I love all the clever wordy stuff, I’m helping to organise an academic symposium. This will be a full afternoon of short lectures and discussions based around three themes; ‘Employment Rights’, ‘Sexuality, Bodies & Performance’ and ‘Migration versus repressive attitudes.’ You can check out the facebook event page here and I will be posting more information up on this website about which speakers and lecturers are coming shortly!
If you can’t wait and want to buy a ticket NOW here’s the link…
There’s tons more information about workshops, the film night, fashion, art and of course lots of stripper themed perks to get you all donating on the Indie Go Go ‘Art of Stripping’ campaign page. Please donate – even if it’s just a ‘pound in the pint’ or the price of a lapdance – all the money will go to the collective and help them make this event the HUGE SUCCESS it deserves to be.