Instead of the usual theoretical study and academic essay written for a master's thesis, we have decided instead to put into practice what we have learnt over our year studying museums and galleries at the University of Westminster, and our prior curatorial experience . Holly and Lynn, our co-curators, came up with the concept of a four-day event entitled She Performs, to be held at the London Gallery West’s Project Space in Harrow, to become a platform for female artists to show work and discuss current social issues surrounding the questions of feminism and gender relations.
With the centenary of some women in the UK getting the vote, we hope to hold a round table discussion open to the public to broaden awareness and open dialogue about feminism today as well as the possibilities and challenges of female artists in the contemporary market. The exhibition will include paintings, installations and video work, all by female artists, as well as performances throughout for audiences to attend. The exhibition aims to be a lens through which we can explore the challenges of representation female artists face in galleries and museums today, as well as how museums, galleries and the art market in general have historically dealt with feminist issues and female artists.
We are keen to make this a public-focused exhibition, including you in discussion and creating a platform for public participation surrounding feminist issues. Our curator of Interpretation, Nicola, is working hard to create interpretive material that is accessible and honest, and that activates the audience in their thinking.
Thanks to the 125 Fund, and all of their donors, for the generous funding they awarded to SHE PERFORMS