Wonder Women is Manchester’s annual feminist festival, which coincides with International Women’s day. We are pleased to lend our window space to Wonder Women to display their lovely poster which has been created by Caroline Dowsett. The poster is for sale with 30% of the proceeds going towards Manchester Women’s Aid. The festival kicks off today and with over 50 events across 10 days there is plenty to inspire and keep you busy! We’ve hand picked events that we recommend heading along to, but we definitely suggest checking out the full listings here. Caroline’s poster for Wonder Women festival costs £20 and is available to buy from Fred Aldous, Peoples History Museum and at the launch.
#1 Festival Launch: Instigate Arts – What Is She Wearing?
Thursday 3 March, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Manchester Art Gallery, FREE
Inspired by Manchester Art Gallery forthcoming exhibition Fashion and Freedom and celebrating International Women’s Day, What IS she wearing?! explores the aesthetics of protest and considers how clothing and style is used to shape, define and own gender, sexuality and identity. Audiences are invited to explore the issues for themselves by touring the new contemporary exhibition that Instigate Arts have installed within the permanent collection, and via interactive arts and artists discussions that will be occurring throughout the evening. Live performances and interventions are scheduled all evening throughout the gallery.
Caroline’s poster will be available to buy at the launch for £15.
#2 Here Come The Grrrls
Sunday 6 March, 7.00pm – 21.30pm
Band on the Wall, FREE, booking required
Brighter Sound celebrates International Women’s Day with a showcase evening featuring performances from some of the many talented musicians they have worked with over the last twelve months. Over the course of an evening, they welcome back Wall of Sounds Beth Orton residency musicians, including Natalie McCool, Becca Williams, Elizabeth Vince, Avital Raz, Ione Mai, Gina Tratt, Fiona Soe Paing, Kayla Painter, Sonia Allori and Vanessa James.
#3 Honey and Tar
Friday 3 – 13 March
Soup Kitchen, FREE
An exhibition of photography, contemporary art, illustration and video art from emerging artists working in Manchester will be on show at Soup Kitchen throughout Wonder Women festival. Featured artists include Aliyah Hussain, Emily Tilzey, Lulu Heal, Ella Deacy, Isabel Scott, Hannah Farrell, Ruby Robinson and Caroline Dowsett.
Manchester Jewish Museum opens its doors to celebrate female writers in an evening of hands-on workshops, live music, performance and discussion. Stuart Maconie chairs Brighter Sound’s panel of journalists and musicians discussing how gender has become a genre and the impact of written media on female representation. Artist Cherry Styles invites audiences to get creative with a hands-on zine workshop and acclaimed poet Clare Pollard performs her version of Ovid’s ‘Heroides’ (renamed ‘Heroines’). In response to Pollard’s poems, multi-instrumentalists Serafina Steer and Natalie Sharp debut an original piece of music commissioned by Brighter Sound.