What is The Cutlery Drawer?

As the About page outlines, The Cutlery Drawer is a project that aims to raise awareness and money for causes related to gender and sexuality through the organisation and promotion of arts events. That is to say, we’re a queer-feminist-activist charity promotions label.

What exactly do you do?

Organise events! Specifically, events that aim to do as much good as possible for this community: raising money for organisations that help fight oppression on the axes of gender and sexuality; showcasing artists who are engaged with these issues (and as such, often work outside the well-paying mainstream); and creating positive and safer spaces for the people who come along. Stay tuned for a longer blog post on this topic in the near future…

Where does the money go?

All money made at our events either goes towards the costs incurred by the event itself (e.g. equipment and venue hire, flyer printing, travel subsidies to performers who need them) or directly to the cause for which the event is fundraising. Nobody involved in the organisation of Cutlery Drawer events takes any of the profit as payment.

Who runs this joint?

H. Gurney (activist, academic, artist,  jack-of-all-trades), advised and aided by a number of other lovely people who help out as time permits.

So… what’s with the name?

What’s in a name? Well, what’s in a cutlery drawer? Knives, forks, and spoons. Easy. Oh, but wait – egg-whisks! Ice-cream scoops! Spatulas and corkscrews and corncob holders and tea strainers and fish slices and all manner of wonderful things. Or, to put it another way, a motley collection of shiny and useful things that go beyond the options you’d initially expect. Which is one nice way of summing up who we are and what we do. Cutlery itself is also surprisingly resonant in the queer/feminist/activist lexicon: we like to fork with gender. We fight patriarchy with teaspoons. Some of us describe our fatigue and daily difficulties in the language of spoons. I don’t know there if are any activist knives or spatulas out there, but it can only be a matter of time…

How can I get involved?

Drop us an email on rattletheforks(at)gmail(dot)com! We have a growing list of causes we plan to fundraise for, and an even bigger list of performers, venues, techies, and other kind souls who want to lend a hand – so get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

Why do you screen comments?

Because we get a horrifying amount of spam. It shouldn’t take more than a day or so for your (legitimate) comment to appear – probably much less than that – so don’t worry!

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