Rebel Daughters opening night a success
Mayor Ros Jones opens a new exhibition celebrating women artists
Sixty women artists were selected to show their work in a new exhibition curated by darts (Doncaster Community Arts) from an overwhelming number of submissions to an open call in 2017. We were delighted that many of the successful artists and invited guests were able to join us for the preview of the exhibition ‘Rebel Daughters’ on Wednesday 17 January 2018.
Open until 7 April 2018, the exhibition celebrates the passions and interests of women artists today and launches a year-long programme of activity celebrating 100 years of votes for women, in partnership with Doncaster Museums. Dressed in her Votes for Women sash Joanna Nurse, lead for Rebel Daughters of Doncaster, spoke about the inspiration behind the project:
Doncaster had an important part to play in the National Votes for Women campaign, so the centenary in 2018 is the perfect time to find out more and get involved. We’re organising a whole year of events and are really keen to involve local people.
Mayor Ros Jones officially opened the exhibition with a moving speech about what it means to be a Rebel Daughter of Doncaster, which was followed by fantastic musical entertainment. Quirky Choir and duo Jenkinson Parks performed inspiring original pieces based on local stories of women’s suffrage, whilst the positive and passionate Swag Choir gave us a medley of songs from dynamic female artists including Beyonce’s ‘Run the World (Girls)’.
As part of the exhibition we have been asking women and girls think about the questions ‘What does the phrase Rebel Daughter mean to you?’ and ‘What makes you a Rebel Daughter?’ The exhibiting artists’ responses are collected together in a booklet on display within the exhibition and available to download from this page. Also look out for the short films we are sharing on our social media channels. We would love you to join in and share your own responses with us by using the hashtag #RebelDaughters on Twitter and Facebook.
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