Femme Fierce, the world’s largest all female festival in street art and graffiti have announced their return for a second year to coincide with International Women’s Day in March (you can read about last year’s event in Records Are For Girls). Under the name Femme Fierce: Reloaded, the all female festival of street art and graffiti will see over 150 international and UK based artists paint public murals in the so called Banksy tunnel at Leake Street, London, in conjunction with Vaults Festival, RISE Gallery and the Forest Recycling Project to highlight Plan UK’s Because I am a Girl campaign, that works to end violence against women and girls and invests in girls education.
The main action of the all female festival Femme Fierce: Reloaded occurs in March but several events are occurring in the run up to the street art and graffiti that will be created in Leake Street. In conjunction with the RISE Gallery based in Croydon (that hosted an exhibition by Damien Hirst in the latter part of 2014), Femme Fierce did a Croydon Takeover earlier in February with a paint jam that saw the female artists transform the area by creating street art and graffiti on over 60 shutters and walls in St. George’s Walk. This will be followed up by the UK’s largest all female group gallery show at the RISE Gallery from the 26th February that will feature street artists such as Artista, Pang, Zina and International Nobody. There will also be a number of seminars and workshops aimed at those working with street art and graffiti such as Marketing for Street Artists and Cans, Caps and Colours: Essential Knowledge for Graffiti Street Artists.
The theme behind this year’s all female festival, Femme Fierce: Reloaded is Because I Am a Girl, in support of Plan UK, a charity that works with the world’s poorest children and is currently involved with a campaign to end violence against women and girls, investing in girl’s education and to amplify girls’ voices and participation. The so called Banksy tunnel at Leake Street will first be painted in the blue colour that represents Plan UK with the 400 litres of recycled emulsion paint that will be provided by the Forest Recycling Project, a social enterprise and charity with environmental and social aims. The Forest Recycling Project creates community based projects with the focus on reducing, reusing and recycling waste.
The main event of the all female festival Femme Fierce: Reloaded will coincide with International Women’s Day on the 8th March, 2015 when the Leake Street tunnel will be transformed into one large outdoor art gallery of street art and graffiti being created by female street artists from around the globe, including Simoni Fontana (Greece, see some artwork in the Auction Analysis: Multiformity), Amara Por Dios (Sweden/Chile) and Ashes 57 (France). The street art and graffiti festival Femme Fierce is dedicated to celebrating the women that create art in their studios and out on the streets adding colour to our cityscapes. Check out the Widewalls 10 Female Street Artists list and this video about Femme Fierce 2014.
The all female festival Femme Fierce kicks off with the all female group show at RISE Gallery in Croydon on the 26th February, 2015 while Femme Fierce: Reloaded will be running between the 6th and 8th March, 2015 with various seminars and workshops and the street art and graffiti taking place on the 8th March, 2015. Keep an eye on their Femme Fierce Facebook page for further details.
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