Tue 12 February 2019
LIVERPOOL is preparing a season of arts and cultural events to celebrate inspirational women.
The RISE season will span the worlds of arts, science, business, sport and politics, shining a light on women whose impact has been felt in their community, in their home city or town, or across the world. It will include brand new artistic commissions, exhibitions, performances and world-firsts.
The full programme of events will be officially launched on International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March and run until the end of the year. However, three preview events are set to take place ahead of the launch:
The Culture Liverpool team behind the RISE programme want to hear from any artist, cultural organisation or group across the city which will be staging events or activities this year which celebrate women. Just head to www.riseliverpool.com and fill in the online form and the event could be promoted on the website as part of the RISE season.
RISE has been curated by Culture Liverpool and funded by Arts Council England. Other partners include Open Eye Gallery, Kitchen Street, Sisbis, Abandon Normal Devices, Liverpool Central Library, LIPA, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral, Scalarama and Mayoral Club.
What they say:
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Liverpool is a city that uses its events programme to push boundaries and provoke debate – this year’s RISE season will do just that.
“In a year which will see this city host the Netball World Cup, we felt it was important to shine the spotlight on exceptional women across the arts, sciences, business, sport and politics.
“The curators are working on a programme which educates, inspires and empowers, and will get people asking who really runs the world?
“The events taking place this month are a wonderful introduction to what we can expect throughout the year, and I encourage groups and organisations across the city to get involved and be part of this remarkable campaign.”
Tracey Thorn said: "I’m delighted to be coming up to Liverpool to talk about my new book Another Planet - a memoir of 1970s suburbia. The book talks in detail about the specific experience of being a girl at that time, about my relationship with my mother, and about my feminist heroines, so I’m especially pleased that the event will be part of the RISE programme."
Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery, Tracy Marshall, said: “Photography has become one of the primary ways that we reflect and communicate our vision of the world. Through images, we gain a sense not only of how things are, but also how things could be. The 209 Women project carries so much potential in communicating our vision of gender parity in the corridors of power, pointing to a society where policy is made with people of all genders in mind. That’s why everyone at Open Eye Gallery is behind this national collaboration of artists and politicians, all the way: to light up the way to a future where gender is no obstacle — in art, in business, in politics and in every other pursuit.”