Get involved in the conversation at our Symposium, where artists, activists and academics will discuss how we can support the fight for women's human rights, challenge porn culture, and overcome media stereotyping, through art.
We are a charity, so all ticket revenue goes directly towards the costs of putting on the exhibition.
Be sure to check out our Workshops and Artist Talks too!
SYMPOSIUM: 11 December, 2pm-6pm
2-3.45pm: “Self/Image: Fighting mainstream images of what it means to be a woman”
In the aftermath of a US election in which a woman's historic candidacy was often overshadowed by discussions of her age, appearance and 'likeability', it's more important than ever to fight the mainstream media stereotyping that privileges a particular type of womanhood. The panel will explore how we can make media representations of women more diverse and equal; how women experience their own representation; how images of the self can heal and empower; and how we can counteract the harms of the 'porn culture' that surrounds us.
Dr Maddy Coy - Gender Equal Media; Deputy Director, Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University
Fungi Woolnough-Murau - Working with HIV-positive women to convey their experiences through art
Judith Rifeser - PhD thesis on touch and feminine subjectivity in film
Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans - Kings College, London; FiLia Trustee; campaigner against porn culture
4.15-6pm: “Art as activism: Using art to promote women’s human rights”
Art is often perceived as a passive medium, a pretty picture on the wall. In fact, art - in all its diverse manifestations - has always been a powerful cultural force, with the ability to challenge and change our perception of the world. The panel will discuss how art historically shaped our attitudes towards women's personhood; how art can help vulnerable women such as refugees and women in prison; how poetry can bear witness to women's identities; and more.
Leah Thorn - Working as an artist with women in prison; "Older Women Rock!" project
Zarin Hainsworth - Vice-chair of the National Alliance for Women's Organisation (TBC)
Daniela Pichler - Working with refugee women and defending women's rights
Sophie Doherty - PhD thesis on “Depictions of rape victims in law and art”
Hong Dam - FiLiArt exhibiting artist, herself originally a refugee from Vietnam
Looking forward to seeing you there!
About the show
FiLiArt:Refuge is an exhibition that comes at a critical time. Now more than ever, we must stand up for the values of equality, diversity and solidarity across social divides. At FiLia, we believe that art is a powerful way to bring people together, speaking a shared universal language.
FiLiArt:Refuge explores the boundaries of safety and vulnerability in women’s lives, from the hopes and dreams of Syrian refugee girls, to the devastating impacts of abuse, to the transformative space of sisterhood. Experience vibrant, exciting work from more than 30 women artists, in all types of media, from sculpture and textiles to digital, film and photography.