By Demi Williams
Liverpool are getting ready to launch a new season of art and culture events to celebrate inspirational women.
‘Rise’ will cover the worlds of art, business, sport, politics and science and will present how women have impacted their community. The programme of events will officially launch on International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March and will be a yearlong event.
Three preview events will be taking place before the launch:
Punk in the Picton – Artist Emma Harrison will be talking about her career documenting performances by punk band the Slits, in which was a male-dominated field at the time. She will be talking about her part in the early graffiti movement in New York and work on pop videos for artists including Boy George and Duran Duran. This will take place Thursday 21st February. Buy tickets here.
Tracey Thorn in Conversation – Singer-songwriter and bestselling author will be at Liverpool’s Central Library to read extracts from her new book Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia. This event will take place Monday 25 February. Buy tickets here.
Tracey Thorn said: “I’m delighted to be coming up to Liverpool to talk about my new book Another Planet – a memoir of 1970’s suburbia. The book talks in detail about the specific experience of being a girl at that time, about my relationship with my mother, and about my feminist heroines, so I’m especially pleased that the event will be part of the RISE programme.”
209 Women – This is an ambitious all-female exhibition from Open Eye Gallery, supported by Liverpool City Council. The display will feature new portraits of female MP’s from across the country, shot entirely by female photographers. The exhibit will show the progress that has been made towards gender parity in politics, while also highlighting the work produced. The exhibition is free open every day to the public (except Mondays) from March 1 – 14 April.
Tracy Marshall, Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery, said: “The 209 Women project carries so much potential in communicating our vision of gender parity in the corridors of power, pointing to a society where policy is made with people of all genders in mind.”
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Liverpool is a city that uses its events programme to push boundaries and provoke debate – this year’s RISE season will do just that.
“In a year which will see this city host the Netball World Cup, we felt it was important to shine the spotlight on exceptional women across the arts, sciences, business, sport and politics.
“The curators are working on a programme which educates, inspires and empowers, and will get people asking who really runs the world.”
Images courtesy of Liverpool City Council.