"My name is Mavis Davis and I'll be blunt. It’s getting tougher and tougher down here women. Demolition, luxury flats, big billboards of sexy couples drinking champagne and feeding paninis to their cockapoos.'
It's the annual meeting of minds and gathering of thoughts for these four landladies from east London, Stoke on trent, Preston and Hull in this short film created by artist Rebecca Davies. The Landlady brings up UK wide issues of housing justice, community displacement and the destruction of the welfare state. The four women characters were created collaboratively with community groups in each of the cities as part of The Oasis Social Club tour.
The Oasis Social Club is part entertainment venue, part discussion space, incorporating the long British tradition of Working Men’s Clubs, infused with Rebecca’s warmth and humour. The club also provides an important arena for debate on more serious issues such as housing justice and diminishing social space as well as quality performance from local and national acts.
This evening will comprise of a screening, panel debate and the launch of Rebecca's illustrated panorama London.
The panel discussion will be chaired by Marijke Steedman, who is a curator currently working with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to consider the role of culture in the Borough. She is interested in the infrastructures and the political contexts driving the status and meaning of art.
The panel includes:
Charlotte Cullinan from Keep It Complex