The House of Doors is a public art project exploring how society has changed as a result of women getting the right to vote. Touring for three years, the House of Doors will travel to both the first and last countries in Europe to grant this right to women. The House of Doors will conclude in 2018 with an exhibition to mark the centenary of the first women in the UK to get the vote.

The House of Doors is a creation of the artist Kristina Clackson Bonnington, launched in partnership with UCL Art Museum.

HOUSE OF DOORS IN FISKARS, FINLAND

AUGUST 2015

In 1906 Finnish women became the first in the world to have unrestricted rights both to vote and to stand for parliament. The House of Doors was awarded a grant to travel to Finland and with the kind support of ONOMA, it spent a month as Artist in Residence at Fiskars Village, Finland.

In collaboration with members of The Cooperative of Artisans, Designers and Artists, Finland's history of social justice was explored and a new manifestation of the House of Doors was created to investigate social equality within contemporary Finnish society.

Fiskars' historic Granary building was chosen as the site for this and it was re-worked into the House of Doors. Over 100 new MHDs were welcomed and contributions to The Book of Love & Legislation were made referencing laws in Finland, Sweden and Russia. Following the Finnish tradition of awarding medals for a wide range of achievements, visitors created their own medals to be awarded to one another upon joining the House of Doors - members received both their House of Doors membership badge and a medal in recognition of strengths including:

  • the patience of a single-parent
  • a commitment to creativity
  • putting listening before speaking

The team behind this included sculptor Kim Simonsson, ceramicist Riitta Talonpoika, artists Lulu Halme & Ron Nordstrom, paper maker Erja Huovila, designers Heikki Aska & Yoshimasa Yamada, and sociologist Dr Oliver Bonnington. 

Welcome to all our new MHDs - kiitos!

 

HOUSE OF DOORS AT Galleria Sculptor, HELSINKI

Kristina Clackson Bonnington, lead artist of the House of Doors, was invited to give a talk with Finnish Sculptor Kim Simonsson at Galleria Sculptor in Helsinki, Finland. The group explored the potential for art can to act as a catalyst for social change, focusing on what impact sculpture and installation has when placed in public spaces. 

 

 

HOUSE OF DOORS at CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON

JANUARY 2016

Central Saint Martins' Three Dimensional Design & Architecture students worked with the House of Doors to explore gender equality through thresholds. The group studied how access to public institutions has changed since 1910 and created works exploring the relationship between social change and the built environment:

This was developed into a sculpture workshop delivered at UCL. Contributing students from CSM co-delivered the session to participants from a wide range of departments across UCL, including the Medical School, Physics Department and Public & Cultural Engagement Team. A selection of works made during the workshop can be seen below.

Thanks to everyone who made this such a brilliant event!

 

House of Doors in collaboration with UCL Equalities & Diversity Team and The Institute for Women's Health

MARCH 2016

The House of Doors was invited to work with UCL's Equalities and Diversity Team and The Institute for Women's Health to create the exhibition 'Women at UCL: Presence & Absence'.

In 1878 UCL became the first university in England to admit women on equal terms with men. This exhibition explored the roles and spaces these first women occupied, and how this has changed since 1878.

Works included Theirs to Ours; a series of twelve mixed-media drawings that illuminate the institutional change that has taken place since the founding of UCL in 1826 – from the initial decision to admit women in 1878, to the re-negotiating of spaces and positions that is still taking place today. This series was accompanied by 24 photographic portraits of women working at UCL, spanning the diverse ways in which women continue to re-shape the institution and forward its development.

 

House of Doors at the School of Pharmacy

JUNE 2016

The School of Pharmacy invited the House of Doors to deliver a one day workshop exploring how changes in employment practice and policy have both advanced and hampered gender equality.

Working with a specialist group of staff from The School of Pharmacy's HR Department, a series of sculptures were created that focused on the numerous challenges effecting individuals as they try to navigate their way through careers and family life - from young researchers who report having to delay starting a family due to precarious employment prospects, to older women feeling penalised in a myriad of ways for not having had children.

HOUSE OF DOORS CELEBRATes INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2017

MARCH 2017

EXPLORING GENDER EQUALITY THROUGH SCULPTURE

A COLLABORATION BETWEEN CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON & UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

The House of Doors worked with Architecture students from Central Saint Martins to explore how far society has progressed towards gender equality. This one day event was an opportunity for people to come together and share their thoughts - works made ranged from table-top sculptures to a life size installation!

With thanks to Bareera Borhan, Elif Cecen, Humaydah Fabiha, Chloe Marbehant, Mabel McCabe, Gargee Naik, Decarla Phillip-Riley and Angelica Scorgie

 

house of doors returns to finland

MARCH - MAY 2017

The House of Doors returned to Fiskars Village, Finland to explore what happens when people make to think together. Working with this unique community of creative practitioners, sculptures were created in response to thoughts on contemporary gender equality. Members of the House of Doors (MHDs) developed key ideas and modes of expression through shared making sessions, and the first House of Doors committee was established; its purpose being to imagine alternative ways of living together.

 

house of doors in stockholm, sweden

MAY 2017

In 2015 it was announced that every 16 year old would be given a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 'We Should All Be Feminists'. The House of Doors travelled to Sweden to explore how this decision was received, and what impact it's had on gender equality.

 

going forward...

in 2017 the house of doors will travel to switzerland - which in 1971 became the last country in europe to give women the right to vote

More information to follow...