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Image: A-Z Women in Architecture, Janis Goodman. Courtesy of Matrix Open feminist architecture archive

A fascinating exhibition of work by radical feminist architecture co-operative Matrix will be held at Newcastle Contemporary Art from Friday 6th May until Saturday 23rd July.

Having met while studying at Newcastle University, the four founding members of Matrix came together in the 1980s to bring issues of gender centre-stage with regards to the built environment.

Passionate that buildings and architecture should not control our lives with their limitations, but instead reflect attitudes, values and politics that affect those creating, living and working within them, the collective’s early work explored ways in which women influenced their environments and how feminist movements opened up possibilities in these fields.

The exhibition, entitled How We Live Now: Making Spaces In The North East with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative, will feature rare films, drawings, photos, architectural models and practice documents to explore the collective’s use of radical methods across a range of projects, past and present.

The pioneering group’s legacy has had far-reaching consequences, from enabling more women from under-represented groups to work in the construction and architectural trades, to creating feminist guidance and support in the sector. The exhibition excellently conveys the collective’s approach and explores inclusive ways of designing, building and occupying spaces.

In addition to the Matrix group’s work, further installations will offer a contemporary perspective, asking questions around gender, accessibility, equality and discrimination, with additional projects on display including Natalie Bamford’s Embodied Knowledge of the City; Louise Mackenzie, Kaajal Modi and Ruth Morrow’s Listen with Mother?; Alison Stenning and Sally Watson’s Women, Children and Play on Streets and Rosie Morris, Harriet Sutcliffe and Gayle Miekle’s Undutiful Spirit, among others.

How We Live Now: Making Spaces In The North East with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative is on display at Newcastle Contemporary Art from Friday 6th May until Saturday 23rd July.

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