Act 52 International Womens Day,Globe Gallery







Act 52  8.00pm, Friday 08 March 2013
A collective Spoken, Signed and Multi-Lingual Recitation on International Womens Day 2013
with 34 Co-Recitors in British Sign Language (BSL), English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Scots and Spanish
Presented by The Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Previews of the Recitation by David Whetstone and Isobelle Boltt can be read at the Newcastle Journal and on Globe Gallery’s Blog

Preamble Monica Ross and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English
Article 1 Rachel Knight and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan

Article 1 Sandra Greenacre and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English
Article 2 Swee Gaik Seow and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan English

Article 3 Lucy Form Greek
Article 3
Sally Madge and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English
Article 3 Charni Cornwell
British Sign Language

Article 4 Neil Watson and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan English
Article 4 Mike Golding and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton 

Article 5 Kimberley Emeny and BSL Interpreter
 Lynn Jordan English
Article 6 Swee Gaik Seow and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English

Article 7 Ailsa Golding and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan English   

Article 8 Monica Ross and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English
Article 9 Jake Morley British Sign Language    
Article 10 Sharon Smith, Jon Copestake and BSL Interpreter  Lynn JordanEnglish
Article 11 Joe Eldridge and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English
Article 12 Robin Tudge and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan  English

Article 13 Cait Read Spanish
Article 14 Monica Ross and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English  
Article 15 Robert Duncan Scots
Article 16 Melanie Ashby and Lisa Matthews with BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan in English and Liliana Ghilardi in Italian 
Article 17 Monica Ross and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English  
Article 18 Matt Wilson and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan English
Article 19 Isobelle Boltt
French and Emma Skelton German
Article 20 Monica Ross and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English  

Article 21 Monica Ross and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan English  
Article 22 Diane Jones and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English
Article 22 Stella Hall and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan English
Article 23 Angela Kennedy and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton  English
Article 23 Claire Selwood and Lucas and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan
Article 24 Hannah Marsden and Andrew Wilson and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton
Article 25 Carol Cornwell British Sign Language 
Article 26 Dawn Morley British Sign Language

Article 27 Hannah Marsden and Andrew Wilson and BSL Interpreter Lynn Jordan English
Article 28 Neil Watson and BSL Interpreter Anne Brotherton English
Article 29 Phillip Frankland and BSL Interpreter Lynn JordanEnglish
Article 30 Monica Ross with BSL Interpreter
 Anne Brotherton English 

Many, Many thanks to all the Co-Recitors who made Act 52 such a distinctive and uplifting performance and to British Sign Language Interpreters Anne Brotherton and Lynn Jordan. Thanks too to everyone who came, to Rashida Davison, Director, Lucy Form and the fantastic team at Globe Gallery who made it all possible and once again provided delicious food and hospitality; Many Thanks also to Hannah MarsdenBernard G MillsNicky Harrison, Sneha Solanki, Colin Davison, Chris Osborne and John Smith and last but not least Anniversary—an act of memory Producer Michelle Hirschhorn for initiating, connecting, co-ordinating and bringing the recitation and all concerned together.

More photos coming soon…

Coinciding with Act 52 Anniversary—an act of memory and Signworld are very pleased to release a landmark translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) into British Sign Language. As far as we know this may be the first  translation of the entire Preamble and 30 Articles of the UDHR into any sign language.The translation is presented by Tessa Padden (pictured) and Nicholas Padden and has been sponsored and produced by the Newcastle and Bristol-based company Signworld as a contribution to Anniversary—an act of memory. We are very pleased to present and share this translation of the UDHR into British Sign Language.

You can find it on You Tube here:  Or download a free desktop copy here as a 550mb zip file.
Please download full information and a Press Release here or go to The Limping Chicken, the uk’s independent deaf news and deaf blogs website.


 Also coinciding with Act 52, thanks to Nicky Harrison and the generosity of Globe Gallery and Whittle Print, we were able to publish a second, updated edition of the Anniversary—an act of memory booklet, shown here with a purple satin ribbon marking International Womens Day 2013. Please click on the image for details.

12 Responses to “ Act 52 International Womens Day,Globe Gallery ”

  1. sharon smith on 25/03/2013 at 18:05

    I took part in the event on the 8th March at the Globe Gallery Newcastle upon Tyne reciting Article 10 being the right to a hearing by all before an Independent Tribunal of a persons rights and obligations; as major changes in the availability of Legal Aid from the 1st April 2013 will severely impact on this right in England and Wales. I wore my Solicitors Robes as I wished to express my concern as a professional as well as an individual at the very real danger of detriment to so many in our society these changes will bring.

  2. Robin Tudge on 18/03/2013 at 18:21

    Hi Monica,
    it was a lovely event. I’d not done anything like it before (although I am the local coordinator for NO2ID, hence my interest in Article 12) and was really quite moved by the show, that so many people would come and perform and watch, and by the presentation of the UN Declaration which is so obviously correct and decent, and yet from which our world is still so far removed, either by having never progressed at all, or allowed the same old hates to undermine everything like water through limestone.
    Good luck with the tour and stay in touch with your next endeavour
    best regards

    Robin Tudge
    Author of the No Nonsense Guide to Global Surveillance

  3. monica on 05/03/2013 at 14:19

    Dear Cath, Please do 2 articles ! that would be wonderful. Are you going to speak them this time or recite them in American Sign Language (ASL) or BSL as you did for Act 36?
    If you are going to sign them could you have a think about whether or not in this multilingual recitation, you would like Lynn or Annie to do a voiceover? – it’s up to you or we can discuss on friday in the pre-meeting?

    Here’s Article 25 for reference – you’re right it is a set of rights which are absolutely under siege in the UK at the moment.
    Article 25.

    (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

    (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

    And that uncompromising Article 30.

    Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

    Many thanks Cath

    • monica on 05/03/2013 at 16:26

      but of course it’s just dawned on me that you can choose to sign and speak your articles simultaneously if you want to, sorry for being a bit slow there!

      • monica on 06/03/2013 at 12:29

        repetition, that’s exactly it. ourselves as the means of direct re-iteration, very simple and difficult at the same time,
        thank you for your thoughts cath

  4. monica on 01/03/2013 at 18:35

    it’s interesting how in different contexts and at different times certain Articles seem to take on extra significance or relevance. Article 23, the right to work, equal pay and good conditions of work, is starting to look like an important one for this recitation:

    Article 23.
    (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

    (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

    (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

    (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

    -and the more voices and languages each Article is heard in the more interesting it will be.

    • monica on 07/03/2013 at 22:32

      and especially after the decisions about cuts made by newcastle council last night

  5. Lucy on 27/02/2013 at 14:01

    To all who would like to recite an article at the Globe Gallery on the 8th of March, please see or email with the number of the article you wish to recite.

    Also please feel free to attend the event even if you do not wish to recite and spread the word to everyone who may be interested. email to book your place.

  6. Lucy on 27/02/2013 at 13:58

    Hi Monica,

    It was really great to meet you on Thursday, your talk was a great introduction to the project. Everyone at Globe is really exited for the 8th!

  7. monica on 24/02/2013 at 18:24

    this is a re-posting of a post by Isobelle Boltt on Globe’s blog, 22.01.2013

    On Friday the 8th of March, Globe Gallery will host the 52nd performance of Anniversary –An Act of Memory, a series of solo, collective and multilingual recitations from memory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Artist Monica Ross performed the first recitation in 2008 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Declaration. Since then her project has expanded phenomenally; over the years, hundreds of people from around the world have lent their voices to this celebration of the dignity and sanctity of every human life.

    When I heard that Globe would be hosting the event, I was inspired by the concept and excited to become involved. Reading through the press release, Monica’s words on her own inspiration really struck a chord:

    “I went to read the Declaration for the first time… I got one sentence in and I was so shocked at my own complacency – one, that I had never read it; two, that I assumed that I knew what it said, but I didn’t…”

    I realised that the same was true of me. I seem to recall seeing a poster of it in some school corridor, long ago. I might have skimmed over the Wikipedia page once or twice. But had I ever actually read it? Had I ever taken the time to think about the gravity and importance of the declaration, had I ever considered its relevance to my own life? No. Not once. Following this revelation, Monica Ross decided to “try and learn it off by heart to see if I could make it part of [her]”. I wanted it to be a part of me, too. And I wanted to be a part of it.

    The value of Acts of Memory lies not only in its veneration of human rights but also in its celebration of the diversity of language, and its inclusion of all human beings through reaching out to those whose language does not have a written counterpart – specifically the Deaf community. As a language student, this held a particular resonance with me.

    Today we met up with Michelle Hirschorn, the project’s producer, and Nicky Harrison, the PR director, to discuss our plans for the project. My initial inspiration and excitement was reinforced by their own enthusiasm, and I endeavoured to get as many people involved as possible, using the Durham University network to reach out to people from all cultures, backgrounds and fields of interest. After all, as Monica Ross recognised, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is of inherent importance to us all, as individuals and as part of the human race.

    Posted by Isobelle Boltt.22.01.2013

  8. monica on 24/02/2013 at 17:59

    Thanks to everyone who came to the talk at Globe Gallery on Thursday night: to all the Globe Team for their hard work in making everything happen so smoothly even in the midst of all the gallery’s building work; BSL Interpreters Lynn Jordan and Annie Brotherton for their extraordinary energies and skills in keeping us all in a shared conversation; and to Tessa Padden, Linda Day and Robert Duncan of Signworld who previewed their new landmark translation of the UDHR into BSL as part of the talk. A truly amazing moment underpinned by a rousing introduction by Linda Day and interpreted by Annie Brotherton.
    And last but absolutely not least, thank you to Director Rashida Davison, Globe Team and Friends for the fantastic and warming food that we all enjoyed afterwards!