Festival co-directors: Rebecca Harrison and Errika Zacharopoulou
Festival assistant: Eliza Robinson
Logo design: Marily Papanastasatoy
Curation: Lauren Clarke and Kathi Kamleitner (Femspectives), Helen Wright (Scottish Queer International Film Festival), Justine Atkinson (Africa in Motion)
Sponsors: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow School of Culture and Creative Arts, Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Africa in Motion, GoFundMe donators
Glasgow Feminist Arts Festival (GFAF) aims to be an intersectional and inclusive feminist platform that showcases women’s work in the creative arts. It recognises and champions a wide variety of experiences and identities, including those of race, disability, sexuality, trans, non-binary and queer identities, and class (and many others besides). It is about bringing together local, national and international artists to celebrate women’s creativity and start exciting new conversations.
The festival was established by academic and critic Rebecca Harrison in December 2017 in response to the #MeToo campaign started by activist Tarana Burke. Following revelations about men’s abuses of power in the film industry, it's time to change the narrative. There are enough stories about men preventing women from working in the arts; let’s now make a space for women and have discussions about them, instead. In 2018, Glasgow Feminist Arts Festival is welcoming curators from other Glasgow-based festivals including Africa in Motion, Femspectives, and Scottish Queer International Film Festival, among others, to celebrate women's work.
For its first edition in November 2018 at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Festival will feature work that highlights the challenges women face as a result of their identity, whether that pertains to gender, race, sexuality, class, disability, education or otherwise. GFAF also highlights work that champions women’s lives and celebrates their achievements.
Film will take centre stage in 2018, alongside an evening of performance, music and spoken word by Scottish-based artists that explore the theme of 'identity' in the event So It Is Better To Speak.
While the Festival will be curated by a feminist board of programmers, in future years the selected works may not necessarily be about women or their experiences. This is because Glasgow Feminist Arts Festival believes women have the right to make art about any subject, and should not be confined to telling women’s stories. That said, the Festival will never show work that debates people’s humanity, and we will not programme simply for the sake of controversy.
As the Festival grows and hopefully expands with each annual edition, our goal is to continue increasing the range of voices and experiences that are programmed.
GFAF is supported by a University of Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Grant.