1918 was the year that women finally won the right to vote in the UK for the first time (albeit women over 30 who fit certain property requirements, but it was the beginning of a huge movement).
This extremely important moment in history took place 100 years ago, and what better way to mark the occasion than by visiting the new Women Power Protest exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
To mark this significant milestone in history, BMAG are hosting this enlightening exhibition from 10 November 2018 – 31 March 2019. The Women Power Protest exhibition will celebrate some of the most talented and exciting female artists who have explored protest, social commentary, and identity throughout their works.
Kelly Angela – Womens Identity Series
This exhibition brings together modern and contemporary artworks from the Arts Council Collection and will showcase works from celebrated artists including Susan Hiller, Lubaina Himid, and Mary Kelly, as well as sometimes controversial artists such as Sam Taylor-Johnson, Sonia Boyce, and Margaret Harrison. This empowering exhibition, featuring feminist artists and activists, won’t shy away from difficult topics but will inspire and encourage discussion and question how much has actually changed for women.
Barbara Hepworth – Four Figures-Sepia
On 17 November, join the BMAG team for the Women Power Protest Celebration Day and enjoy a free event celebrating this new exhibition. You can expect live music and spoken word poetry, as well as interactive performance art and tours and talks – all related to the themes of the collection. Poets Amerah Saleh and Jasmine Gardosi will perform specially commissioned poems inspired by the collection, and songwriter-musician Affie Jam will play live.
Sarah Ashleigh, an artist and activist (and founder of London Body Painting) will be transforming three women’s bodies into live works of art before your very eyes, drawing on inspiration from the exhibition and the key themes of hope, dignity and activism. Meet the artist as she works, and you may even influence the works as they take shape. Throughout the afternoon you will also have the chance to take part in craftivism activities and explore the exhibition. No need to book tickets, just turn up on the day from 12 noon onwards and enjoy the event.
Head to BMAG from 10 November to visit this thought-provoking exhibition and explore the worlds of feminism and activism, and how they are intertwined. If you’re looking for a dose of culture over the next few months, this collection is well worth a visit. For more information, click here.