Feminist takeover and festival launch at Manchester Art Gallery, Chinatown, 1 March 2018, free entry
Celebrate the launch of Wonder Women 2018 in the company of Instigate Arts and a gathering of female performance artists, sound artists and sonic manipulators at Manchester Art Gallery, for a one-off event inspired by the radical Manchester-born artist and feminist campaigner, Annie Swynnerton (1844–1933).
In celebration of the gallery’s current Swynnerton exhibition, and in response to reactions against the temporary taking down of John William Waterhouse’s 1896 painting Hylas and the Nymphs, a group of Manchester and Salford-based feminist queer creatives will gather to present themselves on their own terms, in whatever way this may entail. Experience unique collaborations between intersectional, feminist queer collective Moist, sound artists Lauren Palmer and Amy Horgan, and international performer Grace Oni Smith; share your words and thoughts; take part in the discourse; and absorb the vibrant atmosphere.
Whilst Wonder Women 2018 is a celebration of 100 years since some women first won the vote, Swynnerton’s Nymphs focuses on the changes that still need to be fought for as part of the journey towards full gender equality.