Guest blogger Helen Gordon Smith interviews Siobahn Fahey ahead of screening of the work-in-progress ‘Rebel Dykes’ at Home Mcr on 12/03/17.

  Rebel Dykes This week’s Wonder Women is Siobhan Fahey, producer of the film Rebel Dykes. So tell me about Rebel Dykes We’re very excited about the film; it’s about women in the 1980s who lived an outlaw life – squats, bands, sex work. We were disliked by ‘mainstream’ lesbians, I suppose you could say we were giving the gay rights movement a bad name. The general public didn’t like us either! But it all feels forgotten; people talk about Riot Grrl but there was a lot going on before that. We were artists, queers – it’s a story that…

Making The Strange Familiar – Film – Launching Wonder Women Festival 2017 at Manchester Art Gallery

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Instigate Arts would like to share this video of our Wonder Women launch last week at Manchester Art Gallery. We feel strongly that not only is it unbelievably important to celebrate the successes, achievements and wonderful things that women around the world do every minute of every day, but also to highlight how much more we all need to do to bring about gender equality in our time. To quote Leymah Gbowee “It’s time for women to stop being politely angry”, and there was nothing polite about any of the artists involved with our launch last week. Their…

tAngerinecAt to perform at ‘Making The Strange Familiar’ by Instigate Arts to launch the Wonder Women Festival 2017 on March 2nd at Manchester Art Gallery

Making The Strange Familiar, curated by Instigate Arts as part of the Wonder Women festival launch at Manchester Art Gallery on Thursday 2nd March will see tAngerinecAt bringing their unique sound to the gallery atrium. Multi-instrumentalists Zheka and Paul, using field recordings, samples, vocals, hurdy-gurdy & whistles, finely craft sexy and dangerous EBM/Post-Industrial/Post-Punk with personal protest lyrics, sharp satirical imagery and a sweet sadomasochist vibe. Formed in Ukraine in 2008 tAngerinecAt have four albums to date and performed hundreds of shows all over UK and Eastern Europe. “Watch out for: tAngerinecAt. This is some of the most powerful music I have heard…

Michelle Hannah – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Michelle Hannah   Can you tell us about your practice? There is a strong sense of subverted romanticism in my work. Namely in the roles which image, sound and performance can be used as an outlet, to understand – in my own finite way- emerging technologies, cosmic pessimism and new ontologies of identity in a…

Lizz Brady – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Lizz Brady Can you tell us about your practice? I create work to mirror the temporary malfunction of my mind, striving to create a ‘Cartesian Dualism’, and to challenge the links between physical ‘stuff’ and thinking ‘stuff’; through the building of installations, to form ‘The Moment’ where juxtaposed ideas permeates to fill the…

Jez Dolan – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Jez Dolan   Can you tell us about your practice? I work across artforms, currently I work mainly with printmaking, but also installation, drawing and performance. My work centres around the exploration of Queer identity, and I work a lot with archival material as a leaping-off point in the creation of new…

Celia Wickham – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Celia Wickham   Can you tell us about your practice? I primarily work with film, video and installation, exploring themes of memory, identity and sexuality. I am also involved with curatorial practice and writing, and am founder and editor of the feminist arts publication Milk and Honey.     How does your…