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Calling all Nasty Women: join the movement with exhibition at Stour Space

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 August 2017

Protesters carry placards to promote women's rights in the wake of the US election result. Stour Space is looking for Nasty Women to join the art movement.
Picture: Ben Birchall

Protesters carry placards to promote women's rights in the wake of the US election result. Stour Space is looking for Nasty Women to join the art movement. Picture: Ben Birchall

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Stour Space in Hackney Wick is calling for submissions from any women who want to share their voice

Nasty women. We’re everywhere.

Walk through London and you’ll see them on every street – women who deign to ask to be taken as seriously and be as respected as their male colleagues; women who stand up for themselves on social media; women who call themselves feminists and are immediately threatened.

The insult, hurled by Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton during a presidential debate, went viral and subsequently became an international rallying cry for feminist women.

An open exhibition of artworks by self-identifying Nasty Women is coming to Hackney Wick’s Stour Space.

The Nasty Women movement began in January this year when the first art event was held in New York. Started by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore as a post on Facebook, the call to arms was overwhelming.

In the face of threats to roll back women’s rights and abortion rights, Nasty Women grew into a global art movement that demonstrates solidarity among “Nasty” artists.

In September, the movement reaches Stour Space: “Here in the United Kingdom we too are shocked by recent events and the resulting rise in misogyny and intolerance,” they say. “From the sexist newspaper headline ‘Legs-it’ commenting on May and Sturgeon’s Brexit talks, bosses demanding female employees wear high heels, to death and rape threats for simply lobbying to have Jane Austen on the £10 banknote, we have witnessed enough.”

They are calling for entries from any women who want to share their voice. All artworks must be no larger than A3, though 3D, video and installation work will be considered. You can send it by post or bring it directly into the Stour Space building, until the deadline on August 19.

The exhibition at Stour Space will be free to attend and all works will be on sale (from £5 to £100) to raise funds for End Violence Against Women.

“This is a pivotal time in politics, culture and our country’s history. We are in danger of losing hard won rights. We will not be pushed back 50 years. So it’s time to make some noise.”

For more information on the exhibition and how to submit work, go to: stourspace.co.uk

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