Islands of Women Collective (writer Alice Albinia, artists Rose Gibbs and photographer Leonie Hampton) is a multi-disciplinary creative practice, set up to explore ancient and contemporary feminist cultures. It takes its name from Alice’s literary research into a series of ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval texts, all of which allude to British islands once ruled by women, including a late-medieval nationhood myth for ‘Albion’ about the flight of a group of Syrian women to the then-uninhabited islands of Britain. The collective enact metaphorical rites of passage by performing walks between islands, across sea-bed now passable at low tide but which - with rising sea levels - will be permanently covered in the future. In so doing they reflect on our ecological inheritance, link the climate crisis and its part in conflicts that have led to mass migration and draw out the relationship between work women traditionally do, caring for others, and the work of caring for the earth.
The collective seeks to find new visual, performative and literary languages, to revive old stories and create new ones that promotes and protects a more nurturing approach to the land and our bodies.