OBR UK Art Festival | 14th Feb 2013
One Billion Rising, the new initiative of Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning author of the Vagina Monologues, is a campaign that seeks to end violence towards women and girls. OBR UK Art Festival brings together artists, performers, dancers, poets and playwrights, in unity against violence. Once we are aware of something we can begin to change it.
The 14th of February 2013 will mark the 15th anniversary of V-day, Eve Ensler’s foundation to help women victims of violence around the world. One Billion Rising celebrates that day making a stand against violence towards women, which is why this year we are reaching out to as many organizations as we can. This year we will be working with museums and galleries across the nation, putting on exhibitions that highlight the issues at stake.
We will be having dance parties in institutions, and cultural centers in unity against violence. Working with established seminal artists such as Judy Chicago, as well as emerging talent OBR UK Art Festival will be putting on exhibitions, film screenings and a series of talks, using art and culture to help us rethink our social structures. JOIN US!
One Billion Rising, the new initiative of Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning author of the Vagina Monologues, is a global campaign, a grassroots movement that from Lima, to Paris, New Delhi to Kinshasa, Manila, to Bahrain is clamoring, loud and clear, for the end of violence towards women and girls. On February 14th, 2013, One Billion women and the men who love them will rise up on the planet, joining Eve Ensler and the activists of her foundation V-Day to strike, dance, shake the world and shift the energy, empower women and girls and break the cycle of violence.
Art has long been a vehicle of protest and an agent of change. Art is the most powerful the most direct and visceral way of speaking to people across boarders, and barriers. Art Motivates, art empowers, art opens people minds creating new ways of thinking. This is why I have wanted the OBR UK Art Festival as part of the campaign to bring together artists, performers, dancers, poets, playwrights, art lovers and the public in unity against violence. Once we are aware of something we can begin to change it.
Nadja Romain, Chair OBR UK Art Festival
Tue. 12th Feb.2013,4.00pm-8.00pm @ The Royal College of Art, 15-25 Howie Street, Battersea, London, SW11 4AS
Organised by CUNTemporary as part of the symposium “State and Statuses in art and cultural production” at the Royal College of Art.
BODIES OF SILENCE is a special project curated in support of ONE BILLION RISING London Art Festival, which includes international artists Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Sukran Moral (Turkey) and Pilar Albarracín (Spain). Some of the emerging artists selected have been the result of an open call for work that stresses the ethical and political implications of silence as a by-product of traumatic crime.
Wed. 13th Feb. 2013 11.00am@ The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
At The National Gallery curator Minna Moore will be offering a tour of the Titian paintings with an eye to addressing the subject of violence towards women. Spaces on this tour are limited please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place
Thu. 14th Feb. 2013,From 10.30am to 6.00pm @Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
For one day only the Dan Graham Drop-in-Centre, at The Hayward Gallery, will become a hub of intelligences as activists, community organizers, political thinkers, commentators and professions are brought together to reach out and discuss what they do with each other, as well as with visiting artists, art lovers and the public. Join Us!
Thu. 14th Feb. 2013, 7.00pm to 11.00pm @ PLATFORM café bar & terrace, 1-7 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
When Words Are Made Flesh
Organised by CUNTemporary
BODIES OF SILENCE is a special project curated in support of ONE BILLION RISING London Art Festival, which includes international artists Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Sukran Moral (Turkey) and Pilar Albarracín (Spain). Tickets: £5.00
Mon. 18th Feb. 2013, 1.00pm @ The Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX
Lunch time screening of Women Art Revolution and a screening of Nina Menekes specially made short film to celebrate One Billion Rising.
Through intimate interviews, provocative art, and rare, historical film and video footage, this feature documentary reveals how art addressing political consequences of discrimination and violence, the Feminist Art Revolution radically transformed the art and culture of our times
12th – 23rd Feb. 2013,(showing on selected dates) @ Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Narratives from The Great Lakes
A major exhibition that aims to shed new light on a country gripped by the world’s longest running war ‘I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes’ will be a unique exhibition combining words and images from renowned international creatives alongside a groundbreaking exhibition of photos taken by women in eastern Congo.
15th-23rd Feb. 2013 @ Cass Gallery, London Met University Central House, 159 Whitechapel High Street, London E17 4NP
Feminism is about equality and many world issues are considered by emerging, established and student artists. Work by Oriana Fox and Sarah Maple and 35 other artists. Free Entry
Sun. 24th Febr. 2013, 4.00pm @ Vibe Gallery, 100 Clements Road, SE16 4DG London
project ANNA is an artistic collaboration between Ewa Bathelier and Paulina Palian. It is a series of 10 dresses which symbolise evolution that ANNA undertakes from the moment she puts on the white wedding dress. Journey starts from the dress which almost unable her to move to the ultra mini black dress. All the dresses in between are a diary of the transformation. Each creation is shorter and braver; the white is gradually taken over the black. et just because dresses are lighter and smaller doesn’t mean ANNA has more freedom in them. Gradually the weight of the fabric taken from her body is added to the weight on her head. ANNA won’t ever become free…
6th-17th March 2013 Private Views: 9th & 16th March, The Old Police Station, 114-116 Amersham Vale, New Cross London SE14 6LG
While the binaries suggest an opposition of one thing against another, this exhibition is wondering if the notion of Either/or could give way to Either/and…Mixed-media works by 38 artists .Free Entry
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