Victorious Endeavours Salon Autumn Programme Announced

 Dear Sophisticated Ladies

 The Contemporary Spinster seeks to throw you a life line in the tunnel of summer that August can sometimes become! As Salon Hostess my curious little experiment has been deliciously rewarding and accordingly I am delighted to present you with the Victorious Endeavours Salon Autumn Programme.

 Planning ones pleasure, (spontaneity being the preserve of the young and childless), is essential if a little tedious. Accordingly an autumn programme is presented for your delectation, consideration and curious indulgence!

 For the autumn I have decided to introduce an element of provocation; guests who will bring new ideas and challenge us to think differently. Ignorance, in the true sense of the word, simply fails to arm the contemporary sophisticat when entering into intelligent discourse. Sophistication must surely have an intellectual edge if one to going to be able to raise an eyebrow convincingly!


Monday 26 September      Claire Curneen

Irish ceramicist Claire is known for her iconic porcelain figures based on the human form. Claire combines her practice with teaching at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. She has a wicked sense of humour coupled with a twinkle in her eye when she speaks ~ we sat next to each other at a formal dinner  discovering a share healthy amusement at the male dominated world of business we both have to dabble in every now and then.  For more information consult Ms Curneen’s website

Monday 24 October Kirsty Davies

Kirsty is a dynamic woman passionate about democracy. She has been a liberal democrat councillor for Llandaff (Cardiff) since 2008 and is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Welsh Affairs. Councillor Davies chaired a Scrutiny Committee investigation in the trafficking of adults for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The Salon will explore the committee’s findings and look at how local democracy works in practice. For more information about Ms Davies: .


Tuesday 22 November       Sue Williams Artist

Sue is a controversial feminist artist who has exhibited widely in Wales, the UK and internationally. Shortlisted for the Artes Mundi Prize in 2008 Sue is a past winner of an Eisteddfod Gold Medal. More recently Sue has collaborated with the National Dance Company Wales and teaches at Swansea Metropolitan University. Not afraid of ‘difficult’ subjects we will explore censorship and Sue’s experience of being ‘awkward’! For more information:

Plans for December are currently being explored looking at care and how the state meets the human need of the patient.

 The Salon’s will continue to be in partnership with ffresh (the Wales Millennium Centre) in Cardiff Bay at the same 6.30 – 8.30 pm time slot. I have tried to respond to the request to alternate the day away from a Monday with November being on a Tuesday and December likewise. The Salon will continue to offer a two course light supper with welcome drink and coffee (over which our guest’s are engaged in conversation) for £25.  To encourage early booking the following will be offered:

 By 15 September:      Book all 3 Salons for £65

By 15 October:           Book 2 Salons for £45

 In sophisticated anticipation of meeting you (again) soon!


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