Feminist Takeover and Wonder Women 2018 Festival Launch at Manchester Art Gallery

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
The Southing of The Sun, 1923, Annie Swynnerton, courtesy of Manchester Art Gallery
Image courtesy of Manchester Art Gallery

Feminist takeover and festival launch at Manchester Art Gallery, Chinatown, 1 March 2018, free entry - Visit now

Celebrate the launch of Wonder Women 2018 with a feminist takeover at Manchester Art Gallery, featuring artist interventions, performances and activities designed to destabilise the status quo.

Led by Instigate Arts, the event is inspired by the work of the radical, Manchester-born artist and feminist campaigner Annie Swynnerton (1844–1933), whose first retrospective in over a century is on display nearby. Swynnerton had a profound impact on the status of female artists in her home city, and actively challenged conventional notions of female beauty in her work. Her vivid canvases represent women of all ages and backgrounds, and capture the burgeoning sense of female power, strength and hope that marked the turn of the 20th century – a time when women’s roles and opportunities were beginning to change.

Instigate Arts is the Manchester-based progressive social change organisation that co-curated Wonder Women 2017’s Whose Festival is it Anyway?; a powerful panel discussion that asked whether feminist festivals are an act of disruptive activism in their own right?


Feminist takeover and festival launch at Manchester Art Gallery, Chinatown

1 March 2018
Free entry

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