The Raincoats

Ana da Silva and Gina Birch

Studio Voltaire is pleased to announce a special performance in the gallery by Ana da Silva and Gina Birch, founding members and songwriters of The Raincoats, seminal post-punk band, ‘godmothers of grunge’ and inspiration to a generation of riot grrrls.

In 1977 Gina Birch and Ana da Silva met when they were students at Hornsey College of Art, London in 1977 and their journey led them to becoming one of the most important underground bands Britain has ever produced.

“Within a minute, they seem to have trashed every female stereotype in rock and roll… I was amazed”
– Greil Marcus, ‘Rolling Stone’ (1980)

The performance will take place in the gallery within the current exhibition, Rising, a major new commission by New York-based artist Judith Bernstein, reflecting on a prolific five decade-long career at the forefront of feminist activism and political injustice, her first solo presentation to take place in the UK.

Image credit

The Raincoats, Ana da Silva and Gina Birch, 2014. Performance, 18 July 2014, Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy of the musicians and Studio Voltaire, London.