Exhibition announced to celebrate International Women's Day at Prism Contemporary, Blackburn

Exhibition announced to celebrate International Women's Day at Prism Contemporary, Blackburn

Girls Girls Girls is an exciting exhibition that celebrates womanhood and provides a much needed platform for women to showcase their art works. The project was created by two B.A. (hons) Fine Art students from Blackburn College, Emma Colbert and Lydia McCaig, who created an open call for submissions.

Colbert and McCaig both produce feminist works and wanted to reach out to other artists with similar concerns. Colbert’s work proposes the importance of owning notions of ‘what it is to be a woman’ and positively embraces whatever that might mean. Similarly, McCaig’s practice focuses on female sexuality and what women can be, rather than how they are defined by others.

To coincide with the centenary of some, but not all women, winning the right to vote. Colbert and McCaig wanted to celebrate what it is to be a woman, how far women have come in our society and to showcase issues women still face today. The open call began in October 2017 and by the beginning of January 2018 Colbert and McCaig had received over 200 submissions. In addition to Colbert and McCaig, the selection panel also included Sarah Hardacre, a visual artist and printmaker based in Manchester who is represented by Paul Stolper Gallery, London and teaches at Blackburn College. Elena Gifford, Director of Morecambe based Deco Publique, Gifford initiates and produces creative work from festivals to art commissions across the North West, including the National Festival of making. Rebecca Johnson, Arts and Heritage manager for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, managing Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Turton Tower and supporting and developing art projects and programmes across the borough. Joanne Conlon, Curriculum Team leader at Blackburn College, UAL Foundation Diploma, Conlon also coordinates the National Art and Design Saturday Club.

Selected Artists include past and present students from Blackburn College, alongside established national and international artists including Sadie Hennessy and Lou Hazelwood. Hennessy is a mixed media artist specialising in collage, printmaking and live events.  Hennessy has an M.A. in Fine Art from Central St. Martin’s, her ‘Accident & Emergency’ prints are in the V&A print collection and she is currently ‘Screen Print Fellow’ at the Royal Academy of Art London.  Her latest project is an exploration of 'Britishness' in conjunction with Firstsite Gallery in Cochester. Hazelwood is an international artist exhibiting her work in galleries including, The Whitechapel Gallery London, GAIA Gallery, Seoul, South Korea and Tate Britain, London, we are delighted to be bringing artists of this calibre to Blackburn.

Girls Girls Girls will be exhibited at Prism Contemporary, 20 Lord Street West, Blackburn, BB2 1JX and run for two weeks. The preview evening will be on 08/03/18 (International Women’s day) and will feature over 20 female artists with a varied collection of work.  Preview 6pm until 9pm - After party at Hugo’s Bar in Blackburn until very late. For more information contact Emma Colbert and Lydia McCaig via email: or through our social media platforms.