Unsuitable for Females

An arts event marking the centenary of the 1921 FA ban on women’s football.  

Celebrating the history of the women’s game, considering the present and imagining a future.

Thursday November 25th to December 5th 2021

 

On December 5th 2021 it will be one hundred years since the Football Association banned women’s football stating that “the game of football is unsuitable for females and should not be encouraged”.  The ban stood for 50 years.

Artist Sarah Lang’s involvement with women’s football, as a founder of Limehouse Laces, a community girls football club, is an important part of her life and her art practice. This event to mark the centenary runs from November 25th to December 5th at Art in the Docks Space in the Royal Docks.  It brings brings together Sarah’s work with that of other artists as well as a full schedule of talks and activities. Speakers include sports journalist Carrie Dunn, author of “Pride of the Lionesses” and “The Roar of the the Lionesses” ; Tim Tate, author of “Girls With Balls - the secret history of women’s football” and  Anastasia Kutcha, an artist, designer and footballer who designed the1921 commemorative kit for Goaldiggers FC.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the pre-ban pioneers of women’s football who played in front of crowds of tens of thousands, before being erased from the game at the stroke of  a pen; to consider the present state of the game and how, despite recent progress, the effects of the ban still linger and to look forward and imagine a future where it truly is the beautiful game.

Opening Hours

Week 1
Monday 
November 22nd             Closed
Tuesday  November 23rd            Closed
Wednesday  November 4th         Closed
Thursday November 25th            6pm - 9pm
Friday November 26th                  6pm - 9pm
Saturday November 27th             12pm - 5pm
Sunday November 28th               12pm - 4pm

Week 1
Monday 
November 29th              Closed
Tuesday  November 30th            Closed
Wednesday  December 1st         Closed
Thursday December 2nd              6pm - 9pm
Friday December 3rd                     6pm - 9pm
Saturday December 4th                12pm - 5pm
Sunday December 5th                   12pm - 4pm

Upcoming Events

  • Art workshop with artist Sarah Lang - painting in layers
    27 Nov, 14:00 – 28 Nov, 15:30
    London, 25 Shackleton Way, London E16 2XJ, UK
    A workshop exploring painting in layers as part of the exhibition and arts event "Unsuitable for Females"
  • Unsuitable for Females
    Sun, 28 Nov
    London
    28 Nov, 12:00 – 16:00
    London, 25 Shackleton Way, London E16 2XJ, UK
  • Girls with Balls a talk by author Tim Tate as part of "Unsuitable for Females
    02 Dec, 18:00 – 21:00 GMT
    London, 25 Shackleton Way, London E16 2XJ, UK
    The hidden history of women's football. A talk as part of "Unsuitable for Females" and exhibition and arts event marking the centenary of the 1921 FA ban on women’s football. Celebrating the history of the women’s game, considering the present and imagining a future.
  • Roar of the Lionesses, a talk by author Carrie Dunn as part of "Unsuitable for Females (1)
    03 Dec, 18:00 – 21:00
    London, 25 Shackleton Way, London E16 2XJ, UK
    The state of women's football today. A talk as part of "Unsuitable for Females" and exhibition and arts event marking the centenary of the 1921 FA ban on women’s football. Celebrating the history of the women’s game, considering the present and imagining a future.
  • Football and Art - what inspired artist Sarah Lang to create this event
    04 Dec, 14:00 – 05 Dec, 14:30
    London, 25 Shackleton Way, London E16 2XJ, UK
  • Watch the FA Cup Final Live
    05 Dec, 14:00 GMT – 06 Dec, 16:00 GMT
    London, 25 Shackleton Wy, London E16 2XJ, UK
    Watch the FA Cup Final on the 5th of December exactly one hundred years since the 1921 FA ban on women’s football. Celebrating the history of the women’s game, considering the present and imagining a future.
  • Football and Art - what inspired artist Sarah Lang to create this event (1)
    05 Dec, 15:00 – 06 Dec, 15:30
    London, 25 Shackleton Way, London E16 2XJ, UK