Artist Call Out: 16 Days of Street Art Action 26 Aug

‘16 Days of Street Art Action’ is an inspirational project which aims to encourage dialogue and debate about the importance of feminism in achieving women’s human rights. It takes place in Manchester between 25th November and 10th December and marks the international campaign ‘16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women’.

Project coordinators Jo Lane and Hilary Turley created the project as a way to promote positive ideas of feminism, but also to get young people thinking about gender equality and what that means in their day to day lives. For them this is fundamental in challenging violence against women and girls.

This year 16 Days of Street Art Action is back with their ‘Pillars of the Community’ action, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

​16 Days of Street Art Action is a platform to promote the work of female artists from across the North West, and to bring to light the little known heroines of past and present.

On each day of the international campaign (25th November – 10th December) a piece of street art depicting a revolutionary woman will be painted or pasted on a selection of pillars/bollards in Manchester City Centre.


Jo and Hilary already have 12 female Artists involved who are painting or pasting a diverse range of icons from different eras, backgrounds, cultures, with some of the proposals representing women who have created change within the art world itself. One pillar has been set aside for a communal piece which will be created during 2 workshops being held in the run up to the action.

That leaves three remaining pillars so Jo and Hilary are looking for 3 female artists to create work that is unique and distinctive and will celebrate these iconic figures in the style they deserve. All work must be sprayed/painted or pasted onto the bollard.

They are particularly interested in applications from BMER & disabled women and are also particularly interested in artwork that depicts disabled women.

Artists must be reasonably flexible within the 16 days (25th November – 10th December) as they will be required to paint or paste their piece up on one of these days.

Please contact jolaneme@yahoo.co.uk to discuss or to inform them of any access requirements for the putting up of the work.

They would like artists to send a proposal of no more than one A4 page about the female icon they want to paint/paste as well as a brief description of how they intend to approach the artwork. Please send 1 or 2 images of previous work or, alternatively 1 image of previous work and a sketch of your proposed piece for the pillar/bollard.

If you want to check whether your choice of female icon has already been picked or not, please email them at 16daysofstreetartaction@gmail.com and title the email: Female Icon Enquiry.

16 Days of Street Art Action have allocated artists £300 each for creating their pieces and artists will need to provide their own materials within this cost.

Artists need to have a-n artist insurance as a minimum and need to be registered self-employed to receive the payment.

Please send proposals to 16daysofstreetartaction@gmail.com by

5pm on Thursday 3rd September.


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