‘Words of Wisdom‘ is the title, and theme, of The W Project‘s second exhibition, timed again to coincide with International Women’s Day. Launched on the same date last year, The W Project is the brain child of All Walks’ friends and collaborators Loren Platt (The Work It girls, The Firm) and Teo Connor (NoDaysOff). The initiative seeks to promote discourse around womens issues, with a special focus on successful women in the creative industries and their ability to become positive role models amongst the sea of negative imagery, surgery addicts, reality TV ‘stars’ and emotional wrecks promoted by the media.
If our recent screening of the feminist film Miss Representation gave us one important message (it actually gave us many more), then it was this: ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’ – meaning that, if you aren’t exposed to women doing amazing, inspiring things, it is much harder to form aspirations to become a successful woman like them. The W Project is at the very forfront of giving amazing, creative, inspiring women a platform to share their knowledge and talents with other women, allowing a supportive community to develop in order to nurture and promote the dreams and aspirations of all the women involved.
For this year’s exhibition, contributors have been asked to respond to the question: What are your words of wisdom? Answers are to be submitted on a postcard, but that is where the specifications end, and the artists, writers, film makers, photograpers and all other ilk of wonderful women can be as creative as their imagination allows. These mini artworks will be compiled and displayed as a ‘Wall of Wisdom’ throughout the event at the KK Outlet in Hoxton Square to form a window onto what successful women have to say about being a creative woman now and the advice and inspiring words which have helped them get to where they are today.
The exhibition runs from Thursday 8th until Sunday 11th March and will coincide with other specially commissioned events. Anna Lomax of set design duo Jiggery Pokery is holding a youth workshop at St Monica’s Catholic Primary School in Hoxton and the W Project’s annual symposium dinner will feature talks by Rhonda Drakeford and Lulu Roper-Caldbeck of Darkroom, illustrator and film maker Quentin Jones and Kathryn Ferguson, BFC curator and film maker.
Work by W Project contributor Anna Lomax
To give you just a taste of some of the amazing women who have contributed to the exhibition, here are just a few names to note: make up artist, model and i-D contributor Lucy Bridge, Hula Hoop heroine Marawa the Amazing and illustrator, designer and DJ Margot Bowman, who is the Creative Director of ethical fashion publication the Estethica Review.
We can barely imagine a more diverse, interesting and inspiring a bunch of women! A living, breathing and creating embodiment of the All Walks spirit. Visit the exhibition and research the amazing women; get it well and truly on your radar and spread the message. These are our role models and friends; maybe they can be yours too.
“W.O.W” – Words of Wisdom – by the W Project is exhibiting at Hoxton Square’s KK Outlet 8-11th March
Words by Charlotte Gush, on Twitter @CavaCharlotte
Images courtesy of The W Project and Anna Lomax
|Charlotte Gush is a freelance fashion writer, blogger and editor based in Manchester, as well as the Online Commissioning Editor for All Walks.She has previously spent 6 months working for All Walks at the London office as a social media, marketing and production intern.Charlotte writes a fashion, street style and personal style blog, CAVACOMA.com, with a dedicated Facebook fanpage here, and a Twitter account @CavaCharlotte|