In celebration of International Women’s Day, WOM Collective – a platform dedicated to nurturing and championing female street artists, will be taking over the Brixton Village Courtyard to present WOM-INSPIRED – a group exhibition launching with a live mural painting by six artists on opening day.
From Saturday 6 March to Monday 12 April, ‘WOM-INSPIRED’ will bring together 30 artworks by 30 female artists inspired by what empowers them as women and experience being, whether it be an iconic figure or anything that embouldens the artist.
The five week art residence will kick-off with an opening show from Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 March (from 1pm till 7pm) in the form of a live mural painting collaboration with WOM Collective founders Carleen de Sozer, Elno and Lours, alongside artists DMT, Layla Cope, and Van Jimmer.
Ensuring 100% of sales go to their artists, visitors will be able to buy their work directly via the WOM Collective website where they’ll find the artist’s details, QR codes, and links that will redirect them to the respective online shop for purchase. The exhibition will also be available to view online at www.womcollective.org.
With only 13.7% of living female artists represented by galleries in Europe and North America*, women have long been underrepresented and undervalued in the art world. Female street artists continue to face further challenges in a predominantly male-centric scene, including finding safe public spaces to work on for long periods of time.
Originally set up as a grassroots collective run by London-based female artists, WOM Collective empowers their artists by providing a support and safe network to help them thrive while bringing art out of the galleries and into the streets. WOM Collective are storytellers who challenge norms and enliven urban spaces with colour and soul, uplifting communities through art, and bringing artists a platform for graffiti jams, exhibitions, workshops and art events.
Carleen de Sozer, Founder of WOM Collective says:”Street art has had a profound and transformational impact on many of us, increasing our confidence, helping us build strong networks and new career pathways. We want to pay this forward and are excited to be working with Brixton Village for our second show in London.”
Diana Nabagereka, General Manager of Brixton VIllage says: “We are thrilled to have partnered with WOM Collective to celebrate International Women’s Day this year. It is an incredible initiative that we wanted to support and offer a platform to continue their work in South London. Seeing the exhibition come together with such empowering works by these talented artists, we look forward to seeing their live mural collaboration come to life on opening day.”
A closing graffiti jam will take place in Stockwell on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 April with an open call for all female artists to join, whether a novice or established. More information to come on WOM Collective’s Instagram page.