Sheroes, Lon-art’s third Social Exhibition, champions little-known women warriors, leading ladies and unsung stars. Women artists and allies have been invited to use their creative expression to give a voice to and turn our eyes towards silenced and overlooked heroines – sheroes – throughout herstory, and offer inspiring female role models for us all.
It is a collaborative project bringing together UK and international artists, feminist organisations, charities and the general public, including families.
Through Sheroes, Lon-art aims to open a dialogue between art and the public, encouraging attendees to reflect upon the lack of female role models in society and make creative learning accessible for all.
Coinciding with International Women’s History Month, Sheroes will start with an exhibition hosted from 8 - 11 March 2018 at Ugly Duck, which will be followed by a number of activities to impact a wider community. These will include workshops for schools, 'Sheroes in the History of Art' tours at the National Gallery, a talk on ‘Sheroes of Literature’ at Housmans Books and a workshop for families at the art materials shop Great Art.
The exhibition will include over 20 artists, working across performance and visual arts in a range of media - among them Paola Paredes, Ishita Sing, Jemimah Patterson, Verónica Restrepo, Mona Chalabi, Carmen Alemán, Sabrina Fuller, Jaqueline Taylor or Lorenzo Beleaguer.
Sheroes is guided by American activist Marian Wright Edelman’s now famous assertion that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. Lon-art strongly believes that women’s true stories deserve to be brought to the fore and not reduced to negative stereotypes. We see this exhibition as our contribution towards improving the diversity of positive role models and provide inspiration for future Sheroes.
Sheroes has also started a global digital campaign, #whoisyourshero, to reach a larger audience and encourage people to share their sheroes and hidden herstories. As part of it, we have also curated inspirational content, such as a Sheroes Virtual Library, Sheroes of the History of Art series or a growing Sheroes Playlist, all available on Sheroes website.
Risks and challenges
The one and only challenge that Sheroes faces at the moment is not raising enough funds to be able to cover the venue, marketing and curation costs. We have applied to receive public funding with no success so far, which makes this Kickstarter crucial for us.
We started organising Sheroes in Summer 2017, so everything is now ready! We have the artists, a super strong social media campaign, our partners are all on-board and helping as much as they can. And, more importantly, we have gathered the most sheroic team that is giving their 200% for free!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)