Women Power Protest, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Last summer I was approached by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to work on the exhibition design for their Arts Council Collection partner exhibition WOMEN POWER PROTEST, marking 100 years of women being given the right to vote.
WPP’s last day is Sunday 31st March - I urge you to visit!
I enjoyed working with Curator Emalee Beddoes-Davis and bringing her shiny vision to life. I designed the original identity and exhibition interpretation - logo development, typography, colour-ways (inspired by themes within the artwork itself in addition to the suffrage colours) interpretation panels, object labels, and ~ the holographic ~ a nod to Fiona Rae’s Dark Star, an exhibition highlight from Birmingham’s collection, and one of my all-time favourite artists.
“Rae challenges the traditionally serious and male field of abstract painting with humour and energy. Her work knowingly adopts a ‘girly’ aesthetic of pink, glitter and hearts, re-examining their expressive potential.” Emalee Beddoes-Davis.
There was a lot of pink in the early stages of my concept, we were keen on the reclamation of ‘baby pink’, used as a gender signifier at newborn age and often used to infantilise women to ‘girls’. It’s clear I looked to iconic artists (although not featured in the exhibition) Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer for type inspiration which is where the essence of my original idea stems from. My exhibition identity design work was taken into an agency who developed the designs into a cohesive marketing campaign.
Alongside the exhibition there’s a zine that I designed, curated by Emalee, printed by The Holodeck and featuring local artists, poets & writers. Emalee’s introduction opens up the conversation about equality and intersectional feminism representation in museum collections for a modern-day exhibition and how BMAG are striving to improve.
I’ve included my moodboard so you can see how my work expanded, with ace photos by Jack Spicer Adams. The artworks are part of the Arts Council Collection & Birmingham Museum’s collection. Women Power Protest is an exhibition conceived by Birmingham Museums Trust as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme 2016-19.