FiLiArt:Refuge is a groundbreaking show that explores the boundaries of safety and vulnerability in women’s lives, from the hopes and dreams of Syrian refugee girls, to the devastating impacts of abuse, to the transformative space of sisterhood. 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. Visitors will have the opportunity to 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. Inspiring women artists will be featured at our daily talks and lead our public workshops.
Workshops: 10 December, 10am-7pm
10am-2pm: Visitors are invited to leave their mark on an historic new artwork that will commemorate the establishment of FiLia: Saltdean Crafters will be creating a contemporary suffragette banner using heirloom button collections.
2-7pm: The community sewing group Significant Seams will be teaching the skills to make-your-own fabulous feminist washbag, with the option to donate the finished item. (£10)
Symposium: 11 December, 2pm-6pm (£15/£10)
Panel A, 2-4pm: “Self/Image: Fighting mainstream media images of being a woman”
Panel B, 4-6pm: “Art as activism: Using art to promote women’s human rights”
Artist talks: 12 and 14 December, 7pm
About FiLia: We are the charity that runs the annual Feminism in London conferences. We believe that the arts have a unique ability to communicate the diversity of women’s experiences, and to engage the public with feminism in a fresh and accessible way. We believe that art can be a force for change, and support artists and collectives that draw attention to issues affecting women worldwide. We believe in supporting the artistic self-expression of disadvantaged and at-risk women and girls, as well as the organisations using art to help them. We have curated three art exhibitions that have been featured at London galleries and the Feminism in London conference since 2013, building a network of more than 100 female artists and collectives who bring a feminist sensibility to their art.