Women Behind Art @ Housman’s Bookshop

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We are proud to announce that ArtsFems won the Women’s Group of the Year Award at NUS Women’s Conference 2014. Our fantastic panel discussion on Wednesday only proved that the prize was well deserved. Big thanks to everyone who turned up – the room was full! We were glad to see plenty of new faces from outside the society. Please follow us, because more exciting events are coming.

For those of you who missed it, here’s a quick recap. We started promptly at 7, with our amazing guests introducing themselves. These were: Rosalind Davis, artist and cofounder of Zeitgeist Arts Projects; Carol Swords, curator at the PM Gallery; Rachael House, co-curator and director of Space Station Sixty-Five; and Rosa Bennathan, editor of student feminist website Bad Housekeeping. The speakers talked about the joys and hardships of being a woman creative, as well as of working with other women. Other topics covered during the evening included: the relationship between art and gender, the representation of women in different areas of the art world, and the importance of all-women spaces. The debate was so engaging that not even the fire alarm could interrupt it!

The audience asked about changes they see regarding gender equality in the art world, and what can be done to influence them. Rosa urged everyone to support other women, Rosalind advised that we insist on getting paid, while Rachael and Carol encouraged us all to work towards our goals regardless of any obstacles. We hope you feel as inspired as we do.

Have a great holiday, everyone, and see you back next term!

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