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Jan Woolf been a successful events producer since 1996 when she organised ‘Hackney MIND is Having a Funny Turn’ at the Hackney Empire. She was the events producer for the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture from 1998-2001 and has worked freelance as Rootball Productions since then. Jan accepts projects she believes in and supports politically.

cold stars lightingChildren of Iraq 2019 ‘Short Shorts Friday’, 26 April 2019. An evening of readings by Anne Aylor, Roelof Bakker, Alan Franks, Charles Harris, Jowonder and Jan Woolf. Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead
(15 May) No Glory event …cold stars lighting… Poetry and the First World War, St-Giles-in-the-Fields, WC2
2013 (25 October) Launch event No Glory in War: Remembering World War One: Campaigning for Peace in Music and Words, St James Church, Piccadilly
2013 (7 April) Ten, Ten 10-minute pieces to commemorate the invasion of Iraq, Royal Court Theatre, London. More details
2012 Bid 4 Ken, art auction, Gimpel Fils, London
2008 Bid 4 Ken, art auction, Aquarium Gallery, London
2006 The Child In Conflict Conference for Caspari Foundation and Young Minds, London University
2005 Stand Up For The Homeless Cabaret with Arthur Smith, Homeless Link, Brighton Pier, Brighton
2004 Bid for Ken, art auction, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2004 Concert For The Children of Iraq, Hackney Empire, London
2004 Readings on Childhood for the Caspari Foundation, UCL, London with AS Byatt, Tobias Hill and others
2004 The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, concert in support of the Caspari Foundation, Union Chapel, London
2003 London Says Not in Our Name with Richard Bradbury, Jeremy Hardy, Harold Pinter, Maggie Steed and Harriet Walter
2001 Human Writing and Reading Room, an installation by Peter Kennard, in aid of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, Hay-on-Wye Festival
2000 Trek the Atlas Mountains for Medical Foundation
2000 Art Auction, Royal College of Art, London
2000 Human Writing and Reading Room, an installation by Peter Kennard, Royal College of Art, London
2000 Gregory’s 2 Girls by Bill Forsyth, film premiere, Odeon Haymarket, London
1999 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, film premiere with John Hurt, Curzon Mayfair, London
1998 Free The South Kensington 3, a poster campaign with Richard Hamilton

Kensington 3Jan recalls: ‘This poster campaign ‘Free The South Kensington 3’ was a battle cry for the continued freedom of the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, after entrance charges were threatened by New Labour. Richard Hamilton told me about his constant drawing trips to the Science Museum as a boy, and how this would have been impossible with charges in place. The campaign, a ‘holy’ alliance of the BECTU visual artists branch, The National Campaign for the Arts, Lords, Ladies, Artists, National Arts Collections Fund, ENGAGE, VAGA, MPs and Trade Unions, eventually won – and plans for charging were scrapped. In this poster, Raphael looks forlornly through his bars at the V&A. Richard designed three posters, the other two show the imprisoning of Charles Darwin at the Natural History Museum and Ada Lovelace (the inventor of the computer) at the Science Museum. This triptych was held aloft at a demonstration outside the V&A on Museums Day May 1998 – with the posters taken into the permanent collection. They were also recently exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery.’

Against The Odds, benefit for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants with Gina Yashere, Jeremy Hardy and others, Hackney Empire, London
1996 Hackney MIND is Having a Funny Turn with Jo Brand and others, Hackney Empire, London

Human writingNot In Our NameStand Up For The HomelessReading Room Pweter Kennard

(From top, clockwise) Human Writing (2000); London Says Not In Our Name (2003), Stand Up For The Homeless Cabaret (2005); Reading Room with Peter Kennard (Image by Peter Kennard, 2000)

Below: The Rootball Productions logo (kindly drawn by Ralph Steadman)

Rootball Productions logo