Saturday, 30 January 2016

Be the Banana Skin

In March 2016, the Blott gallery will present a major exhibition showcasing work by self-identified feminist artists working within the region and beyond.  The opening of the exhibition—entitled BE THE BANANA SKIN (ON THE PATRIARCHY’S COMPLACENT STROLL) is a ‘Feminist Art’ Intervention in the North West, and will, fittingly, coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March. The exhibition will feature new works by regional and national artists, and international guest artist Sarah Maple.

The works on display in the exhibition are highly varied, not only in use of medium but also in influences and responses to the exhibition’s themes.  A considered choice, according to the exhibition’s curator, artist Corrine Streetly, whose work also features in the exhibition.
“Selected artists were chosen for their positive feminist identity, which informs their work with integrity and purpose. We hope the exhibition will inspire local residents and visitors to think about and engage with feminist issues and ideas. The theme for the exhibition is continued gender inequality our collective aim is to encourage discussion and to explore issues around the representation of women, the art world, and wider society - and to bring together some of the regions best emerging and established ‘female identified’ contemporary artists, to further challenge the male dominated artistic canon”.

The official opening of BE THE BANANA SKIN is on Tuesday, 8th March and the works can be seen during gallery opening hours (9.30am am - 5 pm) until the 31st March 2016.