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Nasty Woman, art exhibition, fundraiser, EVAW coalition, Hillary Clinton, Nasty Women to support the End Violence Against Women coalition.

From 22-24 September Nasty Women are holding an exhibition of feminist art work by women artists – alongside a programme of comedy, music, spoken word and discussion panels – at Stour Space, Hackney Wick, in London.

Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a ‘nasty woman’ during a debate in 2016, merely for being strong and giving her opinion.

Nasty Women is now a global art movement which practices solidarity among artists who identify with being a ‘Nasty Woman’ in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights.

Nasty Women was started by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore with a facebook post that read: ‘Hello female artists/curators! Lets organize a NASTY WOMEN group show!!! Who’s interested???’

The first Nasty Women event was held in New York, USA, running from 12-15 January 2017, and the ensuing massive response has taken this call to arms onwards into building an ever-expanding network of ‘Nasty Women Artists and Art Organisers’ that will culminate in over forty fundraising art exhibitions taking place around the United States and abroad.

Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organisations defending women’s rights and to be a platform for organisation and resistance.

This one supports the End Violence Against Women coalition (EVAW).

Here in the United Kingdom we too have been shocked by recent events and the resulting rise in misogyny and intolerance.

From the sexist newspaper headline ‘Legs-it’ as a comment on Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit talks and  bosses demanding female employees wear high heels, to death and rape threats for simply lobbying to have Jane Austen on the £10 banknote, we thought we had witnessed enough.

But now we are faced with the danger of a government aligning itself with Northern Ireland’s homophobic, anti-abortion Democratic Unionist Party, the DUP.

This is a pivotal time in politics, culture and our country’s history. We are in danger of losing hard won rights.

But we will not be pushed back 50 years. So it’s time to make some noise.

This event is open to anyone who supports women’s rights or is a female with an opinion.

Any artist self-identifying as a Nasty Woman is welcome to submit work on the theme ‘Nasty Women’.

You don’t need to be an activist – just someone who wants to share their point of view.

The deadline for submitting your artwork/s is 19 August.

Prices for the works being sold will start at £5, and all profits from the sales will be donated to EVAW.

More information on submitting artwork is available here.

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