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Electronic Lasses

Electronic Lasses; Music Recommendations Compilation for IWD at Fish Factory and Benow festival.

​”Welcome to our project for International Women’s Day (IWD). We’ve asked some of our friends to choose a woman electronic music maker and tell us why they love them and also a bit about themselves! We would like to invite you to take part in a music sharing project, a network of dreamy sounds and people. It will be published by Fish Factory Arts Space and Benow festival of women, based out of Falmouth Art Gallery.

https://www.fishfactoryarts.space/electronic-lasses

CLICK HERE FOR THE PROJECT BRIEF


Amy Lawrence


Anistasia Rybina-James


B the Poet

B The Poet – YouTube.   B The Poet – Hello Poetry


Charlotte Hampshaw


Chloe Bonfield

chloebonfield.co.uk


Ella


Graham Taylor

https://petradishandthenicotinetingles.bandcamp.com/


Irene Vidal Cal

www.irenevidalcal.com


Izi Morley


Lucy Madeline


Rosa Nussbaum

https://absfan.bandcamp.com/album/neglected-works-0011

https://lushagave.bandcamp.com/track/asturius


Susan

https://anohni.bandcamp.com/track/hopelessness


Theo Cleary

https://www.instagram.com/theoclearyart/


Tiu

https://octoocta.bandcamp.com/album/resonant-body

https://taahliah.bandcamp.com/track/brave


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Women & Creativity

In Her Shoes: 30 Day Art Challenge

As part of BENOW, Fal Culture’s annual festival celebrating the culture of women, we are launching a 30 day art challenge called #InHerShoes. The challenge will be posted on the Falmouth Art Gallery Instagram using the hashtag #InHerShoes https://www.instagram.com/falmouthartgallery/ 

In the spirit of BENOW, the challenge will begin on the 8th March – International Women’s Day- and will last for 30 days. All are welcome to participate, artists and novices alike! If you would like to take-part, please see further details below.

Explore views of our world from Falmouth to afar by stepping into the shoes of the female artists who have depicted it. We invite you to get creative and join our 30 day art challenge #InHerShoes. Each day we will post a different artwork on our Instagram, all by female artists and sourced from the Falmouth Art Gallery Collection. We challenge you to respond creatively through any medium of your choice, it could be art/photography/poetry/words, and to share your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #InHerShoes or email to intern2@falmouthartgallery.com. We will be reposting some of your entries as we go, and sharing additional stories of the 30 artists from our collection along the way so keep an eye out for our daily posts. All of the entries will be displayed in a digital exhibition on open.falculture.org and in our Community Gallery when we re-open. We look forward to seeing what you create! For links to our social media, and the BENOW festival programme of events, please see below:

Explore views of our world from Falmouth to afar by stepping into the shoes of the female artists who have depicted it. We invite you to get creative and join our 30 day art challenge #InHerShoes. Each day we will post a different artwork on our Instagram, all by female artists and sourced from the Falmouth Art Gallery Collection.

We challenge you to respond creatively through any medium of your choice, it could be art/photography/poetry/words, and to share your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #InHerShoes or email to intern2@falmouthartgallery.com.

We will be reposting some of your entries as we go, and sharing additional stories of the 30 artists from our collection along the way so keep an eye out for our daily posts.

All of the entries will be displayed in a digital exhibition on open.falculture.org and in our Community Gallery when we re-open. We look forward to seeing what you create! For links to our social media, please see below:

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Women & The Workplace

Workplace: Introduction

Arguably, gender bias is never more pervasive than in the workplace. Women are constantly subjected to prejudice, discrimination, and even harassment, and often receive far less payment despite it.

While movements like the Suffragettes and first-wave feminism were very effective in revolutionising the idea of women in the workplace, it’s important to acknowledge that there is still a lot to do in order for this inequality to truly be eradicated.

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Women & Rights

Rights: Introduction

Historically, one of the biggest reasons for activism has always been women’s rights. Ranging from the protofeminist works of Mary Woolstonecraft and Virginia Woolf, to the Suffragette movement post-WWI, to more recent waves of human rights campaigns, women have long struggled to receive the same rights and benefits as men.

While rights like the women’s vote and women owning property have been achieved, it’s important to remember that many issues still remain, especially in an emerging modern world which recognises more and more problems in society, and that activism, therefore, is still just as vital and subversive for women as it was in the 1800s

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Women & Creativity

The Male Dominated Realm of Literature and Art

The journey of women through art has been one of muse to artist, and nowhere is it more prominent than in literature.

For the longest time, literature and art has only been viewed through the patriarchal master narrative, benefiting only male artists, and erasing female ones. For instance, while the earliest known fiction is often credited to Miguel de Cervantes’ ‘Don Quixote’, the title actually goes to Enheduanna, a Sumerian priestess in the 24th century B.C. Though this is an extreme example of women being erased from the narrative, we see the effects of male-led creativity even in the 18th and 19th centuries, with prominent female writers such as Mary Shelley and the Bronte sisters either writing under pseudonyms or publishing only with their husbands’ revisions. Thus was born the need for ‘l’ecriture feminine’.

Coined by Helene Cixous in her 1975 essay ‘The laugh of the Medusa’, ‘l’écriture feminine’ describes a fluid, subversive method of writing, characterised by its tendency to break free of the more traditional rules and regulations attributed to the master narrative. This allows female writers more freedom to explore their own narrative, their own story, without feeling tied down by the guidelines of conservative male writing.

An example of this is Stream of Consciousness writing, pioneered by Virginia Woolf, a strong advocate for the necessity and beauty of female creativity. The same gender bias falls across all aspects of creativity, with a Swedish woman named Hilma af Klint being the very first abstract artist in the late 1800s, though Kandinsky is often given that title. The patriarchal master narrative is pervasive in every aspect of art and creativity, and yet it’s always women at the front lines of change and evolution, creating newer, more interesting things that they’re never even remembered for.

We can see a shift in paradigm, although very slow, in which society begins to acknowledge and celebrate women’s roles in creativity with a new-found appreciation.

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Women & Creativity

Creativity: Introduction

Women have always provided an immense contribution to the creative world, whether in art, literature, music, or in design and more business-related realms.

Throughout history, prominent female artists and creatives have drawn from their own lives and situations, using their isolation, persecution, and oppression to create something entirely new, often forging brand new fields and practices.

While these new discoveries have often been accredited to men, recent changes such as the second wave of feminism have shed light, now more than ever, on the prevalence and significance of creative women in society.

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Women & Parenting

Parenting: Introduction

From sisterhood to motherhood, women’s positions within the family have always been caring, nurturing, and loving, and this reflects the roles given to us by a society that values men as the provider, the protector.

Despite this, we see women constantly shifting and changing through time, and modern families are thankfully a lot more diverse and fluid, with women taking on all sorts of roles, and society beginning to celebrate the beauty and sacredness within the process of pregnancy and motherhood.

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Women & Wellbeing

Wellbeing: Introduction

Women’s wellbeing has often been disregarded and erased, stemming from a patriarchal society in which so many aspects of women’s health, both physical and mental, are shamed and attributed to women being more ‘emotional’.

Despite this, learning about the ways in which women can keep healthy is absolutely vital to a functioning society, and many organisations are working hard to achieve this, from providing better education on women’s bodies to supporting women’s mental health.

This section offers opportunity for self-reflection and to develop a more conscious approach to our own wellbeing in all its facets. An opportunity to recognise vulnerability and develop resilience.

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Women & The Environment

Ecofeminism

The discussion around women and the environment has always been prevalent, and nowhere is it more significant than in the Ecofeminism movement. Ecofeminism was first coined in the 1974 essay ‘Le Féminisme ou la Mort’, by French feminist writer Francoise d’Eaubonne, and it is defined by Mary Mellor as ‘a movement that sees the connection between the exploitation and degradation of the natural world, and the subordination and oppression of women’.

This ‘connection’ is often viewed as patriarchal control, which seeks to benefit only a small group of people, thus subjugating and harming not only women and other minority groups, but the earth itself. This movement is often referred to as ‘The Greta Thunberg Effect’, as a young, activist girl, questioned and critiqued on all sides by old, white, powerful men, perfectly showcases the need for both feminism and environmental awareness. And whilst Greta Thunberg’s name is among the most known, there are countless women all over the globe actively challenging a patriarchal outlook on the exploitation of nature. For instance, peaceful protests have always been preferred by women’s movements, and we can see this in protests against deforestation, such as the 1973 Chipko movement in India.

The entwinement of feminism and environmental issues, therefore, while initially seeming vague, is perfectly apt, as it views both issues as stemming from the shared problem of selfish, materialistic patriarchal control. Subsequently, both could arguably be remedied, if not eradicated, by the erasure of not only the patriarchal system, but of the patriarchal mindset.

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Women & The Environment

Environment: Introduction

Women have always been closely linked to the environment, aptly named ‘Mother Nature’, and we see this reflected in our nurturing personalities, and in our very own bodies, programmed to mimic the seasons, a constant cycle of growth and restoration, spring and winter.

The female identity has historically always found itself entwined with nature, stretching from the Greek goddess Demeter, of growth and the harvest, to modern views on Ecofeminism, and young activist girls like Greta Thunberg.

Often, it is vital to reflect on the connection between the female position in society and the relevance and importance of the environment, especially as we move into a new age of artificiality trumping nature.

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Benow Festival 2021

Benow is a Cornish adjective that means ‘female/feminine’. We have chosen this word to name the festival and the project because we like the idea of celebrating and nurturing everybody’s feminine side, regardless of the gender they identify as.

By chance, the word Benow is also a pun and can be read as Be-Now: a mindful invitation to fully focus on and live the present moment, an opportunity to be the best version of yourself in the here and now.

Benow is a festival of events, ideas, art, community and activism to explore and celebrate the culture of women. All welcome. We believe in the importance of conversations and connections, as a mean to promote change and improve people’s life.

Benow is also this digital hub for creative exchange, in which the culture of women is shared, co-curated and co-created. It is a community in which each person can find their voice. Where dialogues and conversations are the starting point for a shift in paradigm. A common ground to recognise and accept complexity, nurturing and developing resilience and a conscious approach to our own wellbeing.

Benow Festival 2021 focuses on the idea of VULNERABILITY. Each event and conversation offer an opportunity to creatively reflect on our own vulnerability, accepting and celebrating it as an unmissable chance for growth. Recognising and learning vulnerability is the starting point for new connections with others and within ourselves.

Click here to view the BENOW 2021 PROGRAM BOOKLET

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