Myself and my friend Amy have been very busy for the past few months organising an all female art exhibition at the Jersey Arts Centre for International Woman's Day.
We felt compelled to curate an exhibition after finding this shocking statistic from The Guardian:
"While Tate appears to have a 30% cap on the collection of female artists, its allocation of annual budget is even worse, with as little as 13% spent on works by female artists in recent years. This perpetuates the dominance of male artists in the collections and suppresses the value of women’s work. It has been proven that Tate’s collections affect the art market."
This exhibition is the first of it's kind, and we feel that it is very important to celebrate the talent of local female creatives. There is a total of 21 artists from the Channel Islands that have come together for International Woman’s Day to display their work in the Berni Gallery. The wide range of styles and mediums that have been created especially for this exhibit has gone over and above our expectations; there is ceramics, fabric design, flame-worked glass, photography, metal work, painting, poetry, animation and illustration.
Last week we had our open evening for the exhibition, and we were shocked at the number of people that came to support us and all of the artists. There must have been over 300 people! On the night we also had incredible musicians celebrating with us.
This exhibition is a celebration of female art and will be open for the whole of March 2019.