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International Women’s Day? Yes, we do need one.

International Women’s Day – 8th March


There is a “Day” for everything, these days… I hear some of you grumble. Before blaming the advent of social media, fake celebrities, the youth of today and whatever else usually takes the rap, take a step back and read on. I will try and keep it brief. But before I go on, a quick anecdote that might reflect some other grumbles I can hear in the background. Why on earth do we need a women’s day? Isn’t that tantamount to admitting that all the other days are men’s days? Shouldn’t every day be equality day instead? These were some of the things my 17 year old daughter and her friends, all highly intelligent, politically engaged, flamboyant women, were epitheting about last night. My simple answer – let’s face it, even a liberal parent has to stop the noise and expletives at some point – was that:

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since 1908 and was pioneered by the women of the Socialist Party of America, as a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. The dawn of the industrial revolution saw women become aware of their role in the industrialized world and therefore the opportunity to put forward more radical  ideologies. We owe it to them to remember that and not rest on their laurels. And yes, let’s use this as a reminder that there is still someway to go and as a catalyst, a call to action for accelerating gender parity – so that very soon, every day is indeed an equality day.

In the meantime, at KATAN, as an art gallery, we do our bit. Of course we support women artists, but that is so trite and obvious that I am cringing as I write. One important thing we are passionate about, is the artistic depiction of women as they really are. No unrealistic nudes that defy the laws of gravity or common sense. Some of you will remember our “This is who we are – the reality of human bodies” exhibition https://www.katanart.com/this-is-who-we-are-exhibition/ a couple of years back. Since then many women have commissioned some of our artists to paint them as they truly are and all have reported how liberating and empowering they found the experience, from the sitting and posing to the finished work of art.

And for those of you who are a little more pressed for time and working to a budget, we also offer an affordable, quicker service, where you can send a photograph and we will do the rest, for less than £100. We will paint a small (30×20 cm) sketch style portrait. Click here for an example https://www.katanart.com/product/commission-intimate-painting/. Now what better way is there to celebrate the amazing women in your life, starting with yourself?


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