Blank Media Collective : Equals : Exploring Feminism through Art & Conversation 01 Jul


equals: exploring feminism through art & conversation

WHAT: equals: an exhibition, publication, radio show & live events programme
WHEN: 11th – 28th July 2013
WHERE: BLANKSPACE, 43 Hulme St, M15 6AW & locations around Manchester
FEATURING: Sarah Maple, Margaret Nolan, Lucy-Anne holmes & many others

A major new exhibition, publication and events programme from
Manchester’s champions of grass roots arts and culture, Blank Media Collective.

equals is not just about women, it is about everybody. Through the artwork in the exhibition, to the work developed for the publication and the conversations yet to be had, equals hopes to challenge preconceptions, reinvigorate the word feminism and take a step closer to achieving a better model of gender equality today.

The project launches at BLANKSPACE with a public preview on Thursday 11th July 2013 at 6pm and runs until Sunday 28th July.

Equals is an exploration of the structures and systems that thread through our culture and language with regards to gender and feminism. Curators Nathalie Boobis and Anne Louise Kershaw present work that examines and questions these constructs that are imposed upon both genders; from representations of masculinity and femininity to the restrictions of language in speaking for the female experience. The project is an attempt to consider afresh where and how feminism could shape society.

The exhibition features nine emerging artists including Sarah Maple, best known for her strikingly subversive self-portraits,(“… the heir to Tracey Emin’s throne… The best of the new young British artists’ – Andrew Johnson, The Independent on Sunday) and Goldfinger star Margaret Nolan, now a collage artist using photographic representations of her younger self to comment on the objectification of women.

“We have developed something strongly unique and progressive, attracting some amazingly innovative artists and thinkers with the potential to inspire further ideas and imaginings about feminism and art.” say the project’s curators, Nathalie Boobis and Anne Louise Kershaw.

Accompanying the programme will be a ‘speed debate’ & artists’ talk on Saturday 13th July in Manchester’s 2022NQ from 11.30am to 5.30pm where participants can engage in conversation and debate directly with high profile voices in UK feminism including: Lucy Anne Holmes from the No More Page 3 campaign, Guardian journalist and blogger Ally Fogg, Edinburgh University academic Vicky Horne, comedian and activist Kate Smurthwaite and Caroline Craido-Perez, New Statesman journalist who is leading the ‘Keep Women On Bank Notes’ campaign.

After lunch the speakers will be in discussion with the artists from the equals exhibition about the themes of their work and the links to contemporary feminism. This will be followed by an artist Q&A where attendees will have the opportunity to ask further question of the artists.  The evening of 13th July sees the gallery on Hulme Street as a live event space. Through live art, film and readings, the evening presentation subverts and re-imagines media typically used to manipulate and define women. Deconstructing the concepts and reconstructing the meanings, an amazing line-up of female artists will utilise sound, image and language to re-explore gender identity. There will also be 2 live radio broadcasts at 7-9pm from BLANKSPACE on Thursday 18th and 25th July.

Red Flag Walks are hosting a ‘Radical Women’ walking tour of Manchester, leaving from BLANKSPACE at 11.30am on Sunday 14th July. Blank Media Collective have also teamed up with Walk For Women, a national campaign to commemorate the 50,000 women who walked to London 100 years ago, converging in Hyde Park, taking action to make a positive change. The Manchester Walk for Women will leave from BLANKSPACE at 10am on Sunday 27th July.

Here are the dates of all of the events:

exploring feminism through art & conversation

11 July/ 6-9pm exhibition launch @BLANKSPACE

13 July/ 11.30am-5pm speed debate @2022NQ £3/£5

13 July/ 7-10pm equals live @BLANKSPACE FREE

14 July/ 11.30am ‘Red Flag Radical Women Walk’ £4/£5 18 July/ 7-9pm live radio broadcast from BLANKSPACE 25

July/ 7-9pm live radio broadcast from BLANKSPACE 27 July/ 11am ‘Walk For Women’, from BLANKSPACE FREE



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