Different for Girls

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Does your gender have any bearing on the work you make? From its appearance, the content, the access you acquire and the way it is perceived. Or does being female have no discernable impact?

Jeanie Finlay chose to focus on the one uniting characteristic of the 16 Hen Weekend participants – the fact that they are all women. She posed a question to each of them about whether they considered their gender to have any effect on their work. Through a series of intimate video portraits filmed on the De La Warr Pavilion balcony, each of the hens describes their reaction to this question. Collectively the responses form a unique survey of female artists’ perceptions of themselves and the effects they believe this may or may not have on their position within the art world, and society in general.

About Henweekend

The seminar by the sea for female artists, writers and curators. Hen Weekend is a new format networking event set-up by artist Ellie Harrison. The event aims to facilitate discussion and encourage collaboration between its participants. Events are attended by 16 artists, writers and curators from around the UK and abroad who are at various stages of their careers.

The pilot Hen Weekend event took place at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea over the weekend 30 March – 1 April 2007. Four of the attending artists were commissioned to document the event in some way. These four commissioned works by Jeannie Driver, Jeanie Finlay, Karen Lubbock and Sally O’Reilly are now published in the artworks section of the Henweekend website.

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