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Unsuitable for Females | Sarah Lang

Thursday, November 25, 2021 to Sunday, December 5, 2021
Opening Hours: 
Art in the Docks Space 25 Shackleton Way London E16 2XJ


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.


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 our Art in the Docks Space in the Royal Docks. It 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 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 the 1921 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.

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Sarah Lang
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Phone: 07702 948546

Thursday November 25th - December 5th 2021
Opening Hours 
November 25th to December 5th 2021
Thursdays 530pm - 9pm
Fridays 530pm - 9pm
Saturdays 12pm - 5pm
Sundays 12pm - 4pm

Art in the Docks Space
Hamme Building, Shackleton Way,
London E16 2XJ

Nearest station - Gallions Reach DL