Standard Talks: East London Strippers Collective
Sunday 5 March
4.30pm til 5.30pm
Listen in on East London Strippers Collective at The Library Lounge at The Standard, London as they discuss their work around smashing stigmas and fighting for better working conditions in an hour-long panel discussion ahead of International Women's Day.
ELSC are a collective of strippers who are committed to supporting and promoting self-organisation among strippers, challenging stigma around sex work, standing up to exploitation and fighting for improved safety and harm-reduction in the wider sex industry. Our Life Drawing class references the rich history of artists musing upon their nude models: dancers, strip-tease artists, lovers and sex-workers to create works of art. Expect high octane pole tricks, sultry striptease, floor-work, freestyle and some surprise audience participation to enrich your life drawing experience. All levels of experience are welcome.
ELSC are dedicated to building worker led strategies, creating opportunities and growth for performers outside of the exploitative business model of a regular strip club. Since 2014, ELSC have grown a viable and sustainable business that is run entirely by dancers/ex-dancers themselves. From pop-up strip club parties, to public talks, art exhibitions and life drawing classes, ELSC remain an autonomous organisation in charge of creating their own working conditions and supporting members of their community.
Photographer: Bronwen Parker-Rhodes, Model: Sasha Diamond