and the Emerging Female Artists Prize
To commemorate 100 years since women in Great Britain were given the vote, FiLiA is curating a unique project - #FiLiArt100.
At this year's FiLiA Conference in Manchester - and other shows and events throughout the year - we are bringing together 100 feminist, activist artworks celebrating 100 years of women's right to vote - and drawing attention to the work that still needs to be done.
Submit your work
We would love to see work that is based on your interpretation of the theme of suffrage, emancipation and women's rights.
FiLiA is an inclusive organisation - we welcome submissions from women and female-identifying artists at any stage in their career, and the show is (mainly) non-selective.
Works will be included into the #FiLiArt100 project in order of entry, with a couple of exceptions: ten spaces will be allocated to the finalists of the Emerging Female Artist Prize (see below), and a selection of works will be curated to reflect the past 100 years of women's art history.
Artists can submit up to 3 works for consideration, but a maximum of 1 per artist will be included in the final 100. We are asking for a small contribution to enter (more on that below), which goes towards the costs of putting on the exhibition.
We will post an update here when we have filled the 100 spaces, but artists will still be welcome to submit works on the theme to be displayed on the FiLiA website.
Please note that for the main exhibition, the works will be displayed as banners and prints (not originals). You can enter any artwork in any medium, including 3D works and film - see further details in the Entry Form below.
This year's FiLiA conference will take place in Manchester in October, and as ever a large attendance of around 1,000 is expected, giving broad exposure to the exhibited works. We also plan to tour the exhibition in the UK and beyond.
In keeping with the theme of suffrage, we will curate 20 of the 100 works to be displayed on large banners of the size and style that suffragettes would carry in their marches.
Other works will be displayed as smaller (A3 size) prints, and in some cases (at certain shows) as originals, depending on ease of transport and whether their security can be guaranteed - to be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the artist.
Emerging Female Artist Prize
Once again this year, FiLiA is proud to present the Emerging Female Artists Prize. If you qualify for the Prize, please tick the relevant box in the form below to be automatically considered.
Ten emerging artists' works will be selected to be shown in the #FiLiArt100. Finalists will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals and artists, including last year's Prize recipient, Uzma Ravat.
All entries will be showcased on the website, with opportunities to be shown at the Conference and other shows as well (separately from the #FiLiArt100 project).
Entries to the Prize are unlimited, i.e. do not close when the rest of the #100 have been filled; instead, they will close on 10 April. Please note that the fee for Prize entrants is £5.
Up to 3 works will be considered, but a maximum of 1 per artist will be selected for the final 100.
More about your Contribution
We thought long and hard about this, and consulted artists with whom we have worked closely for years. As a charity, we put a huge amount of time and resources into supporting women in the arts. We are volunteers, artists and creatives, and we know how hard it is to be a working artist and often not get paid for our time. For the past 4 years we have put the annual FiLiA show on for free. This year we are asking for a very small contribution (£10/£5). No one on the team will be paid out of this money - it will go directly to the costs of the exhibition.
It's very much intended in the spirit of mutual support - women helping women - because we believe that together, we can do so much more than individually. But please contact us on email@example.com if you have any questions or thoughts you'd like to share.
By entering you will also be eligible for discounted early bird membership in the FiLiA Artists Collective, which we will be launching in the coming year with lots of benefits for members - watch this space!