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posted by Morning Star in Britain

by Felicity Collier

ARTISTS rallied against misogyny and celebrated women in the arts at an exhibition in east London over the weekend.

Exhibition organiser Nasty Women UK is part of a global project sparked in response to the abuse spouted by US President Donald Trump against his rival candidate Hillary Clinton during the US presidential elections.

Over 40 exhibitions have taken place around the globe since the project’s inception earlier this year to protest against the “threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights and abortion rights.”

Last weekend’s event in Hackney Wick’s Stour Space saw artists, poets and speakers celebrate women, and promote equality and acceptance, co-organiser Antonia Kimbell told the Star.

She described Nasty Women as a response to “what’s not working in the world, and what would make a difference.”

Ms Kimbell said that although people are despondent and unsettled by the the current political climate, “transformation can happen. So much support for the event says a lot.”

Artists from the US and Syria submitted works for the exhibition, with donations going to the charity End Violence Against Women.

So far, the event has raised around £2,000.

One of the artworks was submitted by Louisa Johnson, the great, great granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. The piece represents the discrimination Pankhurst faced after leaving prison when she was blocked from continuing her studies.

As well as rallying against misogyny, Nasty Women also gives women in the arts a platform to show their work. Organiser Viv Ellis pointed out that although 60 per cent of arts graduates are women, only half that number are represented in galleries.

Further Nasty Women events are planned in Stroud and Newcastle.