Exhibition On Screen: Frida Kahlo, MK Gallery, 8 Mar
Who better to honour this IWD than Frida? This inspiring, in-depth film about her life and work looks beyond the brows and examines the iconic artist’s life through interviews, commentary and a detailed exploration of Kahlo’s art. An extremely watchable 90 minutes thanks to use of the latest tech and world-renowned Kahlo experts.
Zing Tsjeng: Forgotten Women, The North Wall, Oxford, 8 Mar
Inspirational talk alert! Journo, podcaster and founder of the UK branch of Broadly, Zing Tsjeng, takes to the stage at The North Wall to discuss her four-book series Forgotten Women, about artists, leaders, writers and scientists that have been scrubbed from history. A great one to take teens to. Tickets cost £10 and kick-off is 7.30pm.
A Room of Her Own, Irving Contemporary, Oxford, 10 March – 8 April
Olivia Mansfield, Always the Smell of Lavender
In celebration of International Women’s Day, this cool indie gallery is holding an exhibition of over 180 works by 81 women artists, all covering different aspects of the female experience. What’s more, a percentage of gallery proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Ukraine Appeals of the British Red Cross and UNICEF, and the International Rescue Committee. Can’t make it out to East Oxford? You can see the works online until 24 April.
Amelia, The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, until 31 March
The Mill has already run a number of events and workshops on the lead up to IWD, but if you missed out, never fear – the gallery is championing art by female creators all month, with particular focus on the local Cherwell community.
Alice’s Wonderlands, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 23 March – 30 October
Why should the male Rothschilds get all the attention? This year Waddesdon is celebrating the story of Alice de Rothschild (1847-1922), who inherited the estate in 1898 yet has typically been overlooked in favour of her brother Ferdinand. The exhibition focuses on how Alice put her own stamp on the manor through her collecting, gardening, entertaining, and management of the estate.
Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning, MK Gallery, 12 March – 5 June
If you’re a fan of this contemporary British artist, this exhibition is definitely worth a visit – it’s one of the biggest collections of her pieces so far, and the winner of the Freelands Award 2020. Expect photography, printmaking, drawing and installation, all of which interrogate social constructs such as Britishness, race, sexuality, and identity.
Taking the Stage, MK Gallery, 30 March – 2 April
This four-day festival of women in theatre and film is created in partnership with The Play’s The Thing, and includes workshops, performances and talks. You can visit each event individually, or buy a Festival Pass for £60, which covers all nine events and the closing drinks.
Rebel Women and Female Pirates, Royal Museums Greenwich, 2-15 March
Prepare to swash some serious buckle with this exhibition on female pirates and trailblazers throughout history. The programme includes talks about Zheng Yi Sao (Ching Shih), the most successful pirate in history, and an online screening of Matriarchs, a film about the meeting between Grace O’Malley, known as Ireland’s Pirate Queen and Queen Elizabeth I at Greenwich Palace in 1593.
Our New World, Fora, Spitalfields, 8 –25 March
Stylish Spitalfields space Fora is partnering with Subject Matter and ArtGirlRising to host a pop-up gallery celebrating female artists this month. The theme is ‘A world where difference is valued and celebrated’, and artwork can be purchased from the SubjectMatter website if you see something you simply must have on your wall.
The Divine, HOFA Gallery, Mayfair, 8-22 March
Loribelle Spirovski, Homme 249
This brand new exhibition kicks off on International Women’s Day and runs for two weeks, celebrating the works of twelve different female artists from across twelve different countries. We expect nothing less from HOFA, whose exhibitions and shows are over half female artists. Respect!