With only two and a half weeks to go until the Trailblazing Women of Herstory fundraising art exhibition launches at a gala extravaganza on the 25th of November (have you got your tickets yet?) we are simply bursting to unveil the 35+ spectacular original portraits of Trailblazing Women by award-winning and emerging artists, and to raise as many funds as possible for The Global Women's Project's work.
We'll be revealing all the details on how you can get your hands on one of these pieces of original, collectable art on Friday, so stay tuned to this blog, sign up to our exhibition mailing list and follow us on social media. Oh, and did we mention, get your ticket to the opening event?
In case you're not already familiar with The Global Women's Project, we believe women should be able to determine their own lives, and live free from poverty, discrimination, violence and inequality. In order to make this happen, we partner with local women-led organisations in Cambodia and Nepal that are already raising the status of women in their communities, providing them with extensive operational support as well as funding to deliver education, livelihood and leadership programs for women. In this way, we support women who are leading change ~ for themselves, for their families, for other women, for their communities and for gender equality.
And how can you support our work?
By visiting us at Neospace Gallery in Collingwood from the 25th November - 10th December, where we're hosting an exhibition to raise funds for our work through the sale and auction of original art, limited edition prints and a whole lot more.
Each week for the last two weeks, we've revealed three pieces in our exhibition. In case you missed it, you can catch up here and here. This week, we want to show you three more, starting with Amber Kingi's beautiful depiction of Alice Walker, the novelist, poet and activist.
Alice Walker is a novelist, poet and activist who lives her life as a proud, educated, independent, empowered, black woman. Well-known for her Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning novel, The Color Purple, she's also famous for saying “the most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Despite being raised under ‘Jim Crow Laws’ and being told that “….black people had no need for education”, Walker gained a full scholarship to college and later co-founded a feminist publishing company, Wild Tree Press, in California. Amber Kingi is an emerging artist who lives and works in South East Queensland. Kingi has spent the last year drawing inspiration from tribal beauty and the use of nature as wearable fashion. She currently has a solo exhibition at Cafe Dbar on the Gold Coast.
Iconic French fashion designer and business woman, Coco Chanel, is largely remembered for her creative avant-garde style, liberating women from the constraints of the so-called 'corseted silhouette'. But beyond her talents as a fashion designer and fragrance maker, she was a highly successful businesswoman owing to her fierce determination, ambition and energy. Depicted here on an original page of the French Stock Exchange News from 1926, she sits against a backdrop symbolic of men's domination over the business world. Jean-Baptiste Vincent is originally from a little town between the Riviera and the Alps in France. Finding inspiration in travel, culture and people, his artwork is mostly figurative, with an emphasis on capturing people's personalities, souls and expressions through traditional mediums.
This painting, entitled 'The Feminist, pays homage to feminism's contributions to equality and women's empowerment. With a love for colour and experimentation, Oprey paints with playful creativity and thoughtful contemplation. She received a high commendation in this year's Women's Art Prize and is represented by 19 Karen Gallery on the Gold Coast.
Trailblazing Women of Herstory is a fundraising art exhibition in support of The Global Women's Project. Over 35 award-winning and emerging artists have created original portraits of trailblazing women, to be exhibited during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence at Neospace Gallery in Collingwood, Melbourne. The exhibition is open to the public from 26 November - 10 December, 2016. For the full rundown including opening hours, click here.