23 November - 3 December, 2005
The Friendly Girls Society was inaugurated with a tea party at the artist run space, Canary Gallery. Value was given to the notion of ‘friendliness’ by placing it squarely in a gallery context. On offer was tea, scones, music, kindness and most importantly time. A conscious effort was made to equally privilege all visitors and to include everyone.
With this project FGS was exploring the notion of a club. Elements that identify different groups were borrowed to render a clubroom: including a coat of arms, banners, paintings of honorary members, and inaugural gang patches and tea towels. The aesthetic was kept deliberately ambiguous to avoid tendering a space onto which people could project fantasies and linear narratives.