What is the The W Project?
The W Project celebrates women working across the creative industries through a lively mixture of events and activities. We aim to promote empowering role-models and help build a better creative community for the future.
What got you started?
It started off simply with us wanting to use the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day to showcase some great female talent and everyone to celebrate it with us. But we also saw it as a unique opportunity to present positive female role models.
We wanted to do something to champion female talent, while also challenging perceptions within the creative industries, which even though there are many successful women within, can still feel like a boy’s club at times.
To date we've done two major exhibitions, three symposium dinners with talks from inspirational speakers including Hannah Barry, Caryn Franklin and Debra Dourne, and Quentin Jones, to name a few. We've also hosted creative workshops for young girls and local primary schools.
What will you be doing at Tate Tanks?
Our exhibit 'Super Woman' explores themes of identity and perceptions of women. We asked individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to tell us about an inspiring woman in their life. Each story represents a facet, a quirk, trait or virtue that together becomes a whole. The installation combines each individual experience to form a collective sentiment describing a universal reflection of women we can all relate to. When collated these recollections become a blueprint of wisdom, told by the people that the Super Woman has inspired.
What will visitors take away from the experience?
Our piece is all about celebrating the worth of women in our world. We hope visitors will take a moment to think about and celebrate the women in their lives, and perhaps get them talking about the issues that concern women today in the wider world.
We always have stuff in the pipeline… We're hopping to do a book, and will start planning our next big event for Women's Day 2013!