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ALL PROCEEDS IN SUPPORT OF END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Anyone feeling dismayed or outraged by the rise in non-inclusive and misogynistic stories in the media is being urged to take part in a public arts and performance event in London this September.

Nasty Women UK will run from 22nd to 24th September at Stour Space in Hackney Wick. The programme includes an art exhibition, talks, workshops, Virtual Reality installations, DJ sets and comedy, with all proceeds going to the End Violence Against Women charity.

The exhibition will feature a ‘Tilt Brush’ room where the public can view virtual reality art and create their own pieces. There will also be a VR experience in collaboration with Hollaback!, placing the viewer in a series of vignettes as they experience different forms of street harassment such as anti-muslim and misogynistic/unwanted sexual approaches.

Nasty Women UK Co-Director and Producer, Kasia Uscinska, explains: “The last 12 months have seen a spate of sexist news stories, with women’s rights being threatened, both here and around the world. From Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton a ‘Nasty Woman’ in a televised debate last year to the ‘Legs-it’ tabloid headline following talks between Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon, and the conservative government’s partnership with the anti-abortion, anti-LBGTQ DUP, the current media and political climate has normalised intolerance in our culture. But the resistance lives on! An estimated 100,000 people attended the Women’s March in London in January. We want to carry that momentum forward, ensure our voices are heard and inspire new generations of Nasty Women.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of comedy, music and art performances and talks. The intent is to provide a platform for female voices, a place to make some noise and resist intolerance.  Join the conversation on TwitterInstagram or Facebookusing the hashtag #nastywomenuk.

The exhibition is FREE to visit but talks, comedy and music are ticketed.

 Join the conversation on TwitterInstagram or Facebook using the hashtag #nastywomenuk

ABOUT

The Nasty Women Global Art Movement was started in New York to increase tolerance and garner support for individual rights using the universal platform of art as a forum for self-expression. Nasty Women UK is an intersectional movement bringing together people of all genders, races, faiths and LGBTQIA identities. We want to give everyone who has ever felt silenced a voice, and are appealing to anyone who is committed to advancing equal rights to submit works for inclusion in this inspiring weekend of events. 

www.nastywomenuk.com

Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th

NASTY WOMEN EXHIBITION

FRIDAY 6:30PM – LATE, SATURDAY 9AM – LATE, SUNDAY 9AM – LATE

Open all weekend, the Nasty Women UK Exhibition is a unique exhibition of works submitted via an open call to all self-identifying Nasty Women. All works will be for sale with proceeds going towards End Violence Against Women.

The exhibition includes 2D work, sculpture, sound installations, street art, performance, political baked goods and an immersive art installation where you can create your own artwork in Virtual Reality. The exhibition also includes a VR experience that re-creates instances of sexism and street harassment and aims to give you a visceral understanding of what it’s really like to be attacked in the street or on public transport just because you are a woman.

All artworks are for sale, with prices ranging from £5 to £500. All proceeds will be donated End Violence Against Women, a leading coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.

Saturday 23rd September

PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN & GIRLS IN THE MEDIA – DISCUSSION PANEL

SATURDAY 23RD 11AM-12:30PM, £5.90 TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

 Discussion panel hosted by Nasty Women UK in aid of End Violence Against Women.

From film, TV drama, advertising, press and social media women are often under attack, stereotyped or even written out altogether. Why are women so often portrayed as damaged or bloodied victims in crime dramas, pretty bodies to be idolised, side-lined once over a certain age or attacked for expressing an opinion online? This constant subversion and attack affects not only how men but other women view the female sex. What is this teaching young people about gender and relationships?

Chair: Fiona Sturges, Journalist and Associate Lecturer at Southampton Solent University. Fiona has been writing about Music, the Arts and Current Affairs for 18 years. She contributes to: The IndependentThe GuardianThe Financial Times and more. @FionaSturges.

Panelists:

Nadya Powell, Creative, Business Consultant, Influencer for Change, Co-founder of Innovation Social, a collective of interactive creative directors. Nadya is pushing for Diversity in the Communications Industry via The Great British Diversity Experiment, and raising awareness of the lack of diverse imagery in marketing and advertising with #SoWhiteProject. She is a Co-founder of Creative Agency Utopia.

More TBC. Unfortunately we have a no refunds policy but all the money is donated to End Violence Against Women.


HOLLABACK LONDON – SKILL SHARE WORKSHOP: STORYING RESISTANCE

SATURDAY 23RD 2PM-4PM FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

This interactive workshop will be a space to explore what harassment looks like to us as women and non-binary people, with a focus on storying our own experiences of these intrusions. We will also discuss our responses to harassment and ways that we can contribute to de-rooting misogyny through bystander intervention. 

Hollaback London are a London-based collective that is part of the global movement to end male intrusions and street harassment. They work to ignite public conversations and develop innovative strategies to eradicate street harassment, and at the heart of this work is story sharing.

This event is in conjunction with Nasty Women UK with all proceeds going to End Violence Against Women.


FROM PERSONAL TO POLITICAL – DISCUSSION PANEL

 SATURDAY 23RD 4:30PM-6:30PM, £5.90 TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

 Discussion panel hosted by Nasty Women UK in aid of End Violence Against Women.

In this powerful panel discussion, our speakers will share the negative and/or traumatic experience that inspired them into activism. From FGM, domestic violence and housing issues, panellists will talk about how an experience does not need to define us in a negative way, but rather how we can use these to empower and help others, while helping ourselves. Activism does not need to be noisy, it does not need to be about riots and protests, it can be as simple as sharing your story and educating others.

There will be a short poetry reading by artist Amanda Holiday at the start of this panel.

Chair: Kat Lister (Journalist & Writer on Women & Culture https://katlister.contently.com/)

Panelists:

Fatoumata Jatta, FGM Prevention Trainer & survivor. Read here for more.

Ava Vidal, Comedian, domestic abuse survivor & founder of Empowering Women Through ComedyRead here The Huffington Post article on her project, http://www.avavidal.co.uk/#Home

Amanda Holiday considers herself an ‘accidental poet’ having been an artist and then filmmaker for much of her life. She studied Fine Art at Wimbledon and during the 1980s exhibited in landmark black art shows across the UK before moving into film – directing experimental shorts for the Arts Council, BFI and Channel 4. See more.

More TBC. Unfortunately we have a no refunds policy but all the money is donated to End Violence Against Women.


 

SATURDAY NIGHT NASTY WOMEN OF COMEDY AND MUSIC

SATURDAY 23RD 7PM-1AM £16.52 TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Join us for an amazing evening of Comedy, Live Music and DJ sets by some of the UK’s most brilliant Nasty Women. Comedians: MC Pauline Eyre, Ava Vidal, Harriet Braine and Fatiha El-Ghorri. More Acts to be announced. In aid of End Violence Against Women. 

Comedy

MC and feminist stand-up comedian Pauline Eyre steers the Nasty Comedy ship with a line-up including some of the country’s best and most exciting female comedians.

– Ava Vidal, a TV regular appearing on Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up, Edinburgh and Beyond and C4 reality show Kings of ComedyBBC New Comedy Awards’ only female finalist in the very first year of her career. http://www.avavidal.co.uk/ and @thetwerkinggirl

– Harriet Braine, an exceptional comedy singer/songwriter is Winner of the 2016 Funny Women Awards and Best Newcomer at 2016 Musical Comedy Awards. Performs brilliantly funny ditties about famous artists: Monet v Manet to the tune of ABBA’s ‘Money Money Money’ anyone? @HarrietBraine and Facebook.

 Fatiha El-Ghorri, a sharp and sassy comedian who cracks the ice with her acute and funny observations on identity and race.

 Pauline Eyre, a fabulous, funny and brilliant comedian and MC who’s been standing up since…well, a long time ago. Now doing it in front of audiences. @yespaulineeyre and Facebook.

– Esther Manilo, a So You Think You’re funny 2017 finalist, Bath New Act of the Year finalist 2017, Semi-finalist for Amused Moose 2017Funny Women’s one to watch 2016. Esther is also a published writer in the satirical collection, “Don’t Panic I’m Islamic”.

Music

Live acts and DJs to be confirmed.

Unfortunately we have a no refund policy but all money is going to End Violence Against Women.

Sunday 24th September

FREE KIDS ART WORKSHOP

SUNDAY 24TH 10AM-1PM FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Come bring your kids to a FREE drop-in art workshop at Nasty Women UK. Artist and illustrator Miriam Sugranyes will be there to help your kids create their own ‘Human Rights Superheros’.

Miriam works with Children’s Rights International Network on their campaigns. She has created an illustrated verison the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

www.miriamsugranyes.com | www.crin.org


UNEQUAL GENDER REPRESENTATION IN THE ARTS – DISCUSSION PANEL

SUNDAY 24TH 2:00PM-3:30PM £5.90 TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Discussion panel hosted by Nasty Women UK in aid of End Violence Against Women.

Female artists and creatives face a challenging road. Consider for instance that in the art world, women make up 61% of graduates, yet account for less than 30% of artists exhibited in London galleries. We will be looking at topics like: gallery representation, women in tech and gaming, getting your script produced and commissions for choreography/performance/visual art.

Chair: TBC

Panelists:

Christiana Ebohon, Award-winning Drama Director and Writer in TV and short films. Directing credits include: Father Brown, Holby City, Eastenders, Doctors, Hollyoaks. See BAFTA profile

Hansi Momodu-Gordon, Independent Curator, Writer and Producer. She has worked with Culture+Conflict, Autograph ABP, The Showroom and Tate Modern. Founder of Future Assembly, an international springboard for early career artists http://hansimomodu.co.uk/

More TBC. Unfortunately we have a no refunds policy but all money is going to End Violence Against Women.


 

TALK – ART AS ACTIVISM – DISCUSSION PANEL

SUNDAY 24TH 4:00PM-5:30PM £5.90 TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Discussion panel hosted by Nasty Women UK in aid of End Violence Against Women.

Art as a form of political activism has been happening for centuries, but in today’s visual world where we are inundated with visual information from morning till night, and attention spans seldom run longer than a few seconds, the power and value of art as a means to engage people has never been more important.

Our panelists will comprise artists who use their practice for social change or to question the status quo. Whether tackling women’s rights or critiquing political establishments, art can be a tool for opening dialogues. Artistic expression is a cornerstone of democracy, and is often on of the first things to be attacked when a regime descends into authoritarianism.

Chair: TBC

Panelists:

Cat PhillipsArtist and half of KennardPhillips, a collaboration behind some the most famous pieces of UK political art in recent history: the image of Tony Blair taking a selfie while the Iraqi oil fields burn behind him, a sightless Theresa May and Trump exhaling the shreds of US flag. Since 2002 they have been using their work to confront power and war across the globe and inspire critical thinking leading to social and political change.

Martina Mullaney, Irish artist and PhD Candidate at University of Reading, looking at the missing mother from public, social, and academic contexts. Co-founder of Enemies of Good Art which seeks to investigate the possibilities of combining art practice and family commitments.

Dionne Walker, Award winning filmmaker & documentary producer behind ‘The Hard Stop’ about police killing of Mark Duggan. Dionne has over 18 years experience curating and producing debate series and independent film projects. She has worked as a location coordinator and facilitated major blockbuster films such as Mummy ReturnsV for VendettaEyes Wide ShutHere Afterhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm2005786/),

More TBC. Unfortunately we have a no refunds policy but all money goes to End Violence Against Women.