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A unique and beautiful book that documents an ambitious and experimental curatorial project exploring contemporary feminism.

We've reached our goal! So we've set a new stretch goal of £1500 so we can make the best quality book possible for all our wonderful backers and so we can pay all of our contributors for their work.

What is this funding for?

The equals book, like the entire project, has very much been made in the telling. What was initially planned to be a responsive publication has developed into a full-scale extensive discourse on contemporary feminism. It has attracted artists of all media and writers from all over the world. Its conception has inspired the creation of original art work and written pieces that specifically explore feminism today. And this is what we want you to fund: 300 printed copies of the book that we can make available worldwide.

Project Description:

equals is a Blank Media Collective curatorial project whose main objective is to open up and inspire ideas and debate about feminism through art and analysis, creativity and conversation. Or, more specifically, via an exhibition, a book, a ‘mass speed debate’, a live arts event, a radio show and a blog. The exhibition opens on July 11th 2013 at BLANKSPACE, Manchester. The speed debate is on Saturday 13th July 2013. For more information on the rest of the project, please email equals@blankmediacollective.org or visit www.blankmediacollective.org

Why are we doing this project? 

We can do no better than quote the inimitable Simone de Beauvoir here:

“For a long time I have hesitated to write a book on women. The subject is irritating, especially to women; and it is not new... and perhaps we should say no more about it. It is still talked about, however, for the voluminous nonsense uttered during the last century seems to have done little to illuminate the problem. After all, is there a problem? And if so, what is it?"

We initiated this project because we believe that, yes, there is still a problem and we need new ways of tackling it. equals aims to go some way to doing this by creating new and accessible forums, via art and conversation, which invite people to consider and explore feminism. Through the artwork in the exhibition, to the work developed for the publication and the conversations yet to be had, equals challenges preconceptions, reinvigorates the word feminism and hopefully moves a step closer to achieving a better model of gender equality.

The Goal

What we want from our Kickstarter is to be able to to create, in print, our 100 page, beautifully designed, book and present all of the original art, words and ideas that the project has inspired to the rest of the world. Based as we are in Manchester, UK, our exhibition and events will be held in the city, yet the voices we have attracted are global. We want this book to go some way to further extending these ideas, to further inspire other people, and to keep the conversation going! We will print 300 copies, and more besides if we surpass our goal, and we will have 'equals' the book available to buy worldwide.

Why should you support us?

Because we have developed something truly unique and progressive, attracted some amazingly innovative artists and thinkers and have the potential to inspire further ideas and imaginings about feminism and art. Contributing to the production of this book is also contributing towards the canon of feminist discourse, artistic expression and gender equality.

We are extremely passionate about this project and are grateful for any contribution you are able to make.

Thank you for your support,

The Curators,

Nathalie Boobis & Anne Louise Kershaw

What is going to be in the book?

The book will feature essays by the curators, documentation of all of the exhibition artists and new art and writing specifically for the book.

Exhibition Artists:

Ana Cigon
Rachael Finney
Marlene Haring
Helen Jones
Sarah Maple
Maggie Nolan
Rosanne Robertson
Debbie Sharp
Mary Stark

Further writers and artists:

Angela Readman
Helen Mort
Julie Brixey-Williams
Amy McCauley
Cristine Brache
Graham Hutchinson
Amy Abbott
Jenny Keane
Sara Brannan
Ally Fogg
Lucy-Ann Holmes

The cover will look like this:

A peek inside:

Meet the organisation and the project's curators

Blank Media Collective is a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Manchester, UK. We are run by volunteers striving to support emerging creativity by providing platforms and opportunities to share it with the wider community. We give emerging artists, writers, musicians and performers the time and support they need to really focus on their craft. We curate and produce high profile exhibitions and live events in and around Manchester and we publish writers and artists online on our website. We also offer creative development through mentorship, workshops and creative courses.

equals is a Blank Media Collective project curated by Nathalie Boobis and Anne Louise Kershaw.

Nathalie Boobis is a curator who believes passionately in art as a ground from which to re-imagine the world. She works in Manchester, independently and for Blank Media Collective.

Anne Louise Kershaw is a freelance writer and curator who specialises in music, gender issues, popular culture, and the arts. She is committed to creatively exploring the potential of feminism through art and words.

Stretch Goals

If we surpass our goal, we have two initial objectives to honour our contributors and funders without whom there would be no book. In no particular order:

1)  Will be to print bespoke hardcover, saddle stitched copies of our book for all of you who have supported the making of it through this Kickstarter.

2) Will be to pay all of the contributors to the book for their wonderful contributions.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have been prepared to run this project on good will and hard work alone but thanks to the support of Arts Council Grants for the Arts, we are now able to financially support ourselves, our symposium speakers, our exhibiting artists and the development of new work. If we don’t make our Kickstarter target, we will still produce the book but as a pdf available to download from our website. If we do reach our target, we will produce 300 books, and will have them available nationally and internationally through the internet, bookshops and our well developed networks.

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