We are women who believe in equality for all. We are artists. Many of us also have jobs in education, community and youth work. We often use our creative skills to help improve lives for others.
Among us are poets, performers and painters but we all share a desire for art to be more valued in our society and for people to be more equal.
Amy Hutchings, Printmaker, Illustrator & Mural Artist, ‘Once you have a family, there is this notion that, as a mother, you will not be as committed to your practice. In fact, many women i know with families are more driven and determined’ https://www.amyhutchings.co.uk/
Anna Haydock-Wilson, Artist and Project Lead. ‘As women and as artists we undervalue a lot of what we do and we do a lot of work that nobody ever pays us to do’ http://annahaydockwilson.com
Deepa Chudasama, Visual Artist. ‘I think it’s a societal thing and it’s much better than it was, but it’s still not 50/50 is it?’ http://www.deepachudasama.com/
Gill Simmons, Theatre Maker and performer, ‘Why is there this phrase “working mum’ nad not ‘working dad’? Can we not get over this 1950s idea of ‘homemakers and bread winners’?’ http://www.bravebolddrama.co.uk/
Grace Kress, Illustrator, Community Artist and GraphicDesigner, ‘This project gives us the space to discuss the challenges of being a creative person in a patriarchal society’ https://www.shelbyxstudios.com/
Janet Currier, Painter. ‘I think women are still in this really vulnerable position where they re doing the most precarious work’ https://janetcurrier.com
Judy Russell, Poet & Gardener. ‘I just love this idea of this poem having it’s own independent life, it’ll race towards one poet and if the poet isn’t quick enough, it’ll race off to find someone else’. http://shedpoetssociety.blogspot.com/
Liz Hart, Artist & Theatre Maker. ‘Art’s a very low status activity so to have it seen and acknowledged by public and by people that are close to you helps keep you going’. http://lizhart.co.uk/
Liz Purnell, Composer & Sound Designer. ‘I think the lack of a historical backbone of other women who’ve done the same thing as you is a massive thing for young people’. https://elizabethpurnell.com/
Lizzie Philps, Theatre & Performance Maker. ‘The fact that art doesn’t pay, basically is the biggest personal challenge’. http://lizziephilps.com/
Vic Hole, Producer & Dancer: ‘I just started a new dance troop, thinking about feminism and female sexuality and we’re being quite confrontational with that. And self worth and self respect and celebrating different bodies and different ages’. https://www.instagram.com/2oclockbeautyqueens/
Rosy Wilson, Poet & Activist. ‘You had to be a brilliant wife, brilliant mother, brilliant worker. Not even just good enough, you had to be outstanding in all those roles’. http://shedpoetssociety.blogspot.com/
What about you?
- Are you curious, inspired and feel compelled to create.
- Do you love spinning plates, you have loads of ideas that you want to get out there?
- Do you believe that art can play a role in social change?
- Do you work hard, hustling to pay the rent, juggling different jobs and different roles, taxi-ing teenagers, trying to pair socks, looking after your babies, mothers, fathers and communities?
- Does the ‘art world’ feel patriarchal, capitalist and unrelated to your life, ideals or ideas?
- Are you are a creative who lacks the luxury of time or money to practice full-time?
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