1st May 2015

Calling All Greenham Commoners

Artist Sally Payen is currently researching for an art exhibition to be held at the Midlands Arts Centre in 2017.  The artworks will be based around the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, which ran from 1981 – 2000.

Greenham Common peace sign – CC BY 3.0

Sally would love to hear the experiences of women who were part of the peace camp, and is especially interested in hearing from Quakers from the Central England area.

We are hoping to arrange an event at Peace Hub, where a group of people who took part in the Greenham Common camp to discuss their stories with Sally, on a day that is convenient for those who would like to take part.  If you are interested, please get in touch: or 0121 238 2869.

The exhibition will be of paintings by Sally, based on her artistic interpretation of the stories she is gathering (including this event) – not a documentary.  Anyone who was part of the camp is welcome to take part: the event will simply comprise a group interview (individual interviews can be arranged if you prefer) and the chance to share any photographs or memorabilia from the camp that you may have.  There may be the opportunity to become more involved in Sally’s work as the project develops, but there is no obligation.

Sally is interested in understanding the everyday life of the camp and the people who took part in it: making tea, singing songs, living together as a community.  She plans to juxtapose this in her artwork against the ominous backdrop of the missiles, as well as make links to contemporary protest camps such as Occupy.

To find out more, or arrange to take part, please email, or ring 0121 238 2869.


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