THIS GIRL MAKES is a multi-dimensional project that started as a blog in October 2016.
Taking inspiration from the THIS GIRL CAN movement, the initiative celebrates women in the craft and design industries, in pursuit of removing the outdated view of gendered job roles. It also strives to educate and inspire a new generation of makers, as well as highlighting how making can provide women with resilience and independence.

This exhibition documents the project’s development and celebrates the community of craftspeople that it has so far brought together. Following the success of the blog, THIS GIRL MAKES now consists of an online community, events program, and printed publication, which will be officially launched as part of this show.

As her first solo exhibition, the founder of THIS GIRL MAKES, Harriet Poppy Speed, will also be showcasing her work as a recent furniture design and make graduate from Oxford’s Rycotewood Furniture Centre.

Join us to celebrate for the opening of this exhibition on Thursday 17 January at 6pm, where we will be joined by performers from the Young Women’s Music Project.

Stool Making Workshop
Saturday 2 March, 2pm – 4pm
A practical workshop offering an insight into furniture making and woodworking. With all materials and equipment provided, participants will learn basic woodworking skills and methods of construction, as well as have an opportunity to ask questions. Ages 16+. £15. Click here to book.

A Maker’s Guide To Grief
Saturday 2 March, 6pm – 7pm
A 60-minute insight into furniture maker Harriet Speed’s research project entitled A Maker’s Guide to Grief. Here she explores and explains the similarities between the processes of designing and making, and the stages of grief, leading to further and better understanding of how we build resilience. Free. Click here to book.