Machiavellian Mary

17 Mar 2018 – 14 Apr 2018

Regular hours

12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00

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Kingsgate Project Space

London, United Kingdom


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  • Kilburn/West Hampstead
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A particularly virulent type of woman in business is one called “Machiavellian Mary”

…This style denotes a superficially agreeable, yet ruthless, self-focused, and false individual. Machiavellian Mary is “mean business.” She kills “buy-in” from key stakeholders— the employees who are the face and backbone of the business. Her authoritarian style poisons the working environment that could otherwise nourish new ideas. Hers is a “topdown” communication style—one that promotes a culture of dishonesty and fear.

Yet, Machiavellian Mary often rises to high-level positions. Why? Because she plays well in the “male” game of pyramidal hierarchies. She knows how to be pleasing to those on top and how to control and step on-and-over those below… 1

Kingsgate Project Space will be transformed into an office boardroom and become a stage for a series of performances and interventions. The space will change throughout the month as artists disrupt, confront and alter the set, calling into question the behaviours, language and structures of current working environments.

Stasis will be performing new work 'Best of 3' from 7pm
followed by...
New work '436 from Battersea Park' by Alana Francis from 8pm
No booking required


Alana Francis (b.1989) is based in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Arts. Recent performances include; ‘The Summer Exhibition’, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017); ‘Deptford Pride’, London (2017); ‘Deptford X Festival’, Deptford X Gallery, London (2016) and ‘Schools Show’, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2016). Previous exhibitions include; ‘Small is Beautiful’, Flowers Gallery, London (2015); ‘Artist of the Day’, Flowers Gallery, London (2015) and ‘Platform Exhibition’, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2012).

Stasis live and work between Glasgow and London. They are a group working across dance, live art, theatre and installation. Stasis is Aniela Piasecka, Isabel Palmstierna, Olivia Norris and Paloma Proudfoot. Recent performances include: 'Eros' KOKO, David Roberts Art Foundation 10th Anniversary, London (2017); 'New Work', Galleria Marselleria, Milan, Italy (2017); 'It Just Keeps Happening', Baltic39, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2016); 'She's a Soft Touch', Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh (2016) and 'The Second Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women', Glasgow International, Glasgow (2016).


Lucy Ayliffe

Phoebe McElhatton

Exhibiting artistsToggle


Alana Francis

Kari Robertson

Nadia Hebson

Reba Maybury

Eli Samuels

Paul Kindersley


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