International Women’s Day 2020 is fast approaching and there are many, many ways to celebrate the incredible achievements of women and girls, and to cheerlead our (or their) potential.
Fancy marking the day at an event? Try this handy search engine to find something that’s happening near you.
This year, we’re excited about Art on a Postcard’s auction. Art on a Postcard is a not-for-profit organisation that sells original works of art from the world’s leading artists by auction and online. They have joined forces with women’s club network AllBright to hold their first all-female auction of original, postcard-sized art. The postcards feature work by a carefully curated list of outstanding women artists, whose art has transformed stereotypes and made a significant impact on society and culture. All auction proceeds go to The Hepatitis C Trust’s work in eliminating the disease in women’s prisons.
The line-up is impressive, and includes established artists Guerrilla Girls, Harmony Hammond and Caroline Coon.
We asked Katherine Oliver, founder of roving gallery and consultancy Oliver Projects – who promotes works on paper with a special focus upon artists based in South London – to pick her top five. Katherine has worked in the art field for over 20 years, most recently curating the Art Sales programme at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Mary Herbert: This is incredibly atmospheric for a picture on such a small scale - I love the peach and dusky indigo colour palette:
Mali Morris: Royal Academician Mali Morris is best known for her paintings exploring layering and tension so this unique collage is a real find:
Suzanne Moxhay: Suzie Moxhay makes surreal digitally-collaged images using her own photographs and pictures from magazines - this beautiful etching has an nostalgic feel:
Sue Arrowsmith: Sue Arrowsmith's jewel-like postcard is made with real gold leaf - she recently made a bespoke piece for the window of Peckham's Bo Lee Gallery:
Jessica Campbell: I love the idea of a miniature rug! Art should make you smile; this fun textured work celebrates flower power with a 70's vibe.