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Hilary Robinson and Sonia Boyce speak at ‘Taking Up Space: Women Only Shows’
30 September 2014, 7-9pm. Contemporary Art Society 59 Central Street, London EC1V 3AF

Hilary Robinson and Sonia Boyce are panellists for: ‘Taking Up Space: Women Only Shows’ with the East London Fawcett Group

30 September 2014, 19.00—21.00
Contemporary Art Society, 59 Central Street, London EC1V 3AF

Dean Hilary Robinson and Professor Sonia Boyce speak at the ‘Taking Up Space: Women Only Shows’ event, organized by East London Fawcett Group.

The East London Fawcett Group’s latest audit found that though women make up 60% of art graduates they only account for 31% of gallery represented artists. With this in mind what are the cultural benefits of women only shows and alternative type of affirmative action? How does this type of approach impact artists? Do they affect them positively or negatively? Are potential fears of a backlash justified? Or would affirmative action in fact solve many of the current discriminatory practices in the art world? This panel will debate these questions, bringing together the voices of artists, curators and critics and opening up a space for a dialogical rather than conclusive exchange.

Speakers include: Iwona Blazwick – Director, The Whitechapel Gallery; Sonia Boyce – Artist; Caroline Douglas – Director, Contemporary Art Society; Ann Gallagher – Curator and Head of Collections, Tate; Professor Hilary Robinson – Dean of Art and Design, Middlesex University and author of Feminist-Art-Theory: An Anthology 1968-2000; Vanessa Jackson – Artist, former Senior Tutor at The Royal Academy Schools; Elizabeth Neilson – Director of The Zabludowicz Collection and Jennifer Thatcher – Art Critic.

This event is free and open to all but space is limited. To attend please RSVP to info@contemporaryartsociety.org