1. The Girl at the Door: Equality, Gender & Society
Artist Kristina Clackson Bonnington institutes the House of Doors, a new private members club. Open to all, new members can attend a workshop to be ‘sworn in’ and help scrutinise and propose new policies. Parallel events during this two-day programme exploring the legacy of women’s suffrage include a mischief-making guided walk around Bloomsbury.
Friday 6 March (1-8pm) & Saturday 7 March (1-6pm), UCL Art Museum & UCL Quad, Gower Street, London.
2. March of Women
Inspired by suffragist Cicely Hamilton‘s 1910 play A Pageant of Great Women, Glasgow Women’s Library has paired up with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to create a public art procession that includes scripted performances and is directed by Anna Birch. Members of the public are invited to join this parade which takes place on the eve of International Women’s Day.
Saturday 7 March 2015, setting off at 2pm from Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow.
3. Stitched Time
As part of Women of the World Festival (WOW) – see number 5, below – Clare Smith’s shared making project, Stitched Time, tours to Folkestone. Smith initiated and organised the project, initially inviting seven other female artists to join her during a ceremonial workshop in Dover that functioned as a ‘making process suggestive of an assembly line-cum-sewing circle.’
Until 7 March 2015, 2 Church Street, Folkestone.
4. Modern Women
Binita Walia and Emilia Telese combine forces to question female stereotypes and gender roles in this dual exhibition. Walia’s installation series, The Modern Woman, uses everyday objects, video and textile to explore expectation, conformity and rebellion. Telese’s installation and photographic series considers domestic violence, the family and Italian gender roles.
Until 7 March, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.
5. WOW 2015
Women of the World festival returns to the Southbank Centre for a full week of events and exhibitions leading up to Internatonal Women’s Day. Exhibitions include Claude Cahun: Beneath This Mask, Sheila Hicks: Foray into Chromatic Zones and a specially commissioned work by data designer Stefanie Posavec.
Until 8 March 2015, Southbank Centre. London.
6. Female Sound Artists/Composers Wiki Edit-a-thon
Participating in the international project that aims to create new wikipedia entries for women artists – whose appearance on wikipedia is disproportionately lower than that of their male counterparts – this event in Brighton has a focus on sound. Join artist and musician Ingrid Munk Plum this Sunday afternoon to ensure that more female practitioners aren’t silenced in history.
Sunday 8 March 2015, 2-5pm, B & R Tearoom, 97 Trafalgar Street, Brighton.
7. How It Looks From Here: Women in Today’s Art World
An inter-generational panel of female artists convene to discuss the art world’s gender gap. Moderated by Radio 4’s Kirsty Lang, the talk brings together Cathie Pilkington, Eileen Cooper, Tess Jaray and Gery Georgieva.
Sunday 8 March 2015, 3-4pm, Royal Academy, Reynolds Room, Burlington House, London.
8. Pulling it off
Responding to the ‘Making it Happen’ theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, Fish Factory are pulling it off with an exhibition and festival that celebrates female endeavour. Exhibited artists include Stacey Guthrie, Faye Dobinson and Claire Platt.
Until 14 March 2015, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm and Sunday 8 March, 2-11pm, Fish Factory Art Space, Falmouth Wharves, North Parade, Falmouth
9. Anne Krinsky – From Absorb to Zoom
The London-based painter and printmaker Anne Krinsky has explored the archives of the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths to create a site-specific installation. Using digital print, the work draws inspiration from the extensive documents on women artists’ works that have been gathered and collated since the archive opened in the late 1970s.
Until March 2015, Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, London.
10. Wonder Women 2015
A five-year project leading up to the 2018 centenary of women’s right to vote in the UK, the Wonder Women festival takes over most of the city’s arts and cultural institutions. The programme of events and exhibitions includes the group show Superior Goods and Household Gods at Castlefield Gallery and Pod Collective‘s Dispersal Newspaper project.
Until 31 March 2015, various venues, Manchester.
Visit the official International Women’s Day website for information on activities happening worldwide in the lead up to Sunday 8 March and beyond.
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