Following a year of interesting discovering, as part of the Plymouth Eco-feminism Discussion group, I felt it was time to do something practical and move the dialogue about oppression and gender to a more public space. I was also interested in seeing where the local artists were at on this matter, as I have always seen Art as a natural agent of social change.
I organised the first session of Feminist Fusion on February 2014, with the support of different artists, some friends and a kind matron.
The idea was to generate a public space to question, explore and discuss patriarchy, oppression and the social engagement of the arts, while supporting female artists in different disciplines to counteract the lack of representation of women's way to make art. However due to the increasing interest there is also an annual anti-patriarchal male artists session. We now include a seasonal participatory craft project for people to engage during the show.
Not all the guests or artwork exhibited has to be identified as "feminist" but every artist has the opportunity to be part of a public dialogue about it. Feminist Fusion has now become a bi-monthly event (with a break during Summer) and a very rewarding experience of constant collective exploration and creativity, and it's now (with lot of effort!) self-funded.
More information about this project and follow up, on the Feminist Fusion facebook page.
If you're interested in participating with your art or message, just get in touch!