When women come together to make art, we inhabit a safe space where we can explore, discover and create: a physical refuge. And a metaphorical one: through art, we expose our deepest selves to the world - but the viewer looks at the work, not at us. We are vulnerable, yet protected. This year at FiLiArt, the theme of refuge is both literal and metaphorical. We will be working with at-risk groups such as refugee women and girls, and women in prison, to express their experiences and build solidarity through art. We will be running discussions and workshops for the public, looking at issues at the intersection of art, image and feminism that affect all of us. And we will be curating a powerful exhibition of feminist art.
Experience vibrant, powerful art from more than 30 women artists working in all types of media, from sculpture and textiles to digital, film and photography.
Our exhibiting artists' work has been shown at prestigious galleries including the Turner Contemporary, British Museum, and Southbank Centre, among others.
Get involved in the conversation at our Symposium, where artists, activists and academics will discuss how we can support the fight for women's human rights, challenge porn culture, and overcome media stereotyping, through art. You'll have the rare opportunity to meet some incredible women artists at our daily talks and be inspired by their vision. And explore your creative side by joining one of our workshops, where you can help make a special commemorative banner, or craft a donation for women refugees in Calais.