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WOWxUAL welcomes Jude Kelly for International Women’s Day

Written by Cat Cooper
Published date 04 March 2019

UAL and WOW - Women of the World are marking International Women’s Day with a special event at London College of Fashion, UAL.

Join us for a lively and dynamic evening on Monday 11 March exploring how we can collaborate to influence change for a more equal world.

  • Keynote speaker - Jude Kelly CBE, Founder of WOW and Artistic Director of Southbank Centre for 12 years (2006-2018). Jude will discuss the WOW movement which is now in 20 countries across the globe, challenging gender injustice and celebrating positive change.
  • UAL speakers Beverley Carruthers, Jane Woollatt, Daniella Jenkins and Charlotte Webb - all leading projects that highlight and tackle obstacles and challenges related to gender inequality.
  • WOW-Thinkin - Following the speakers, audience and speakers are invited to take part in a guided ‘WOW-Thinkin’ - an informal session where participants can chat, meet, share ideas and start new discussions on gender equality.

WOW - Women of the World is a global movement which celebrates women and girls, and takes a frank look at the obstacles they face through a series of global festivals and events. WOW exists to build, convene and sustain a global movement which believes in a gender equal world. The WOW programme provides the opportunity to bring together leading activists, artists, thought-leaders, academics and those with lived experiences of the challenges and barriers.

This event is part of UAL’s Research Fortnight and WOW’s year-long programme of activity.  It marks the start of a new partnership between WOW and UAL, bringing ideas and methodologies from both institutions together for the first time.

More events like this for UAL Research Fortnight 

These events are open to the public, but booking is essential:


Politics of curation: Contemporary Muslim Fashion – 5 March, London College of Fashion

Critical reflections on the politics of curation: Professor Reina Lewis reflects on the challenges and opportunities presented by her role as consulting curator on the exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions for the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, 2018 (touring to Frankfurt, spring 2019). The paper provides an overview of the curation process, the impact on the museum, and on audiences – including local Muslim groups and individuals who participated as community consultants.

In seeking to explain relationships between Muslims, dress and fashion industries around the world to a largely non-Muslim audience, whilst also adding value to Muslim visitors, the exhibition team drew on approaches from the sociology of religion and postcolonial feminist studies. As the exhibition begins to tour Europe, Reina explores how national contexts of display affect the curatorial staging of an exhibition about a global and multi-ethnic religious demographic.

Find out more and register.


REVOLT, SHE SAID: Long Table Discussion 8 March, Chelsea College of Arts |

This Long Table discussion will be led by members of the Subjectivity and Feminisms Research Group at Chelsea College of Arts and invited guests (artists and writers). The event will take Julia Kristeva’s distinction between the terms “revolt” and “revolution” as a springboard to debate a perceived antagonism between activism and creativity. All audience members are encouraged to take up seats at the table and participate in the debate, based on Lois Weaver’s ‘Long Table’ Etiquette.

Presented by Research Events: Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Colleges of Arts (UAL) and convened by Subjectivity & Feminisms Research Group at Chelsea College of Arts with invited guests.

Tickets: £5/3* (includes refreshments)
Book your place here.


REVOLT, SHE SAID: Cabaret, 8 March, Chelsea College of Arts

Join us at the "Revolt, She Said" Cabaret to celebrate International Women's Day at Chelsea College of Arts. “Revolt, as I understand it—psychic revolt, analytic revolt, artistic revolt—refers to a permanent state of questioning, of transformations, an endless probing of appearances” - JULIA KRISTEVA. "Revolt, She Said" cabaret will showcase performances that respond to the following themes: “taking back”, “grrrl”, “no more bullshit”, “bitter tears”, “bikini kill”, revolt, survival, resist.

Free, but booking is essential.
Book your place here.


Lunchtime Talk: #MeToo and the art world – 11 March, National Gallery

Exploring the impact of the #MeToo movement on the art world and how we might navigate our way through the controversial issues it raises with Dr Nicola McCartney.

Public lecture: Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery.


The Rise of the Modest Revolution Public Seminar - 14 March, Asia House

Panel discussion with Dian Pelangi, Professor Reina Lewis, Kulsum Patel, and Raishma Islam. Modest fashion is a billion dollar global business that is now influencing the mainstream market. Brands such as Dolce & Gabbana are catering to the modest buyer, hijab-wearing models are appearing in high-profile fashion and beauty campaigns and Muslim digital influencers command as many millions of followers as their non-covered counterparts.

Image: Jude Kelly at WOWFriday, 2016. Image courtesy of WOW