About Female Arts

Promoting Gender Equality - Women are not equally represented in the arts – including men outnumbering women 2:1 on stage and screen, work by female artists in museums and galleries representing 5% of displayed art, a lack of roles for women over 45 years old on TV, a glass ceiling for senior roles in the arts industry, unequal pay. Female Arts promote women in interviews, reviews and news to redress this gender imbalance. We're interested in the performing, visual and literary arts with the focus on female led productions including theatre, exhibitions, film, literature, comedy, music and entrepreneurs, in the UK and beyond. We support #allwomen and would like to see more women of colour, disability, and LGBTQI in the media. We welcome supportive men. #genderequality

If you'd like your event to be added to our what's on listings please email your press release to listings@femalearts.com. For review requests please read our Review FAQ's

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Female Arts was founded in May 2011 as a commitment to reduce gender inequality by promoting women in the arts. Wendy Thomson presented a sound business case for Female Arts to a 'Dragon's Den' panel of judges who selected us to receive a Student Innovation Award from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Female Arts magazine is headed by Editor-In-Chief Wendy Thomson our office is at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading. We publish events across the UK and our editorial team includes London Editor Michael Davis and Interviews Editor Amie Taylor with a team of volunteer writers who work or study in the arts. Female Arts Team

We are committed to gender equality and improving how media report and represent women in the arts. We do this by focusing on what women are achieving, doing and saying. We publish interviews with both inspirational artists and those starting out in their careers, write and host guest features, blogs, listings and independent reviews of female led events including shows, festivals and exhibitions.

We produce new writing performances and run creative writing workshops

Dec 2016 we're holding a free creative content workshop for individuals and small businesses in the former Waterstones retail unit, in the Oracle shopping centre, Reading as part of Pop Up Business Reading. Supported by Reading Borough Council as part of Reading Year of Culture 2016

July 2016 we held free workshops in Playwriting and Review Writing at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, as part of Reading Fringe Festival 2016 Supported by Reading Borough Council as part of Reading Year of Culture 2016

May 2016 we produced Rebellious Acts an evening of new writing at South Street Arts Centre in Reading and ran two free writing workshops. Review writing and Short-playwrighting for women supported by Reading Borough Council as part of Reading Year of Culture 2016

March 2016 we co-produced the launch of a new award for emerging female playwrights RED Women's Theatre Awards at the Greenwich Theatre

November 2014 we produced Female Arts Scratch in the opening season of the innovative Bread and Roses theatre, Clapham.

March 2014 we co-hosted a party of female-led performance at the Women of the World Festival Southbank Centre, London.

Many of our writers are performing arts practitioners who advocate gender equality in their work.

We keep our links page up to date with feminist sites, organisations and festivals. Sign up for our newsletter. Any questions? see our FAQ's

We report across the UK (including London, Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Reading, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Oxford, Edinburgh) and further afield, with daily updates on our facebook and twitter feeds. Please send your news and press releases by email to : editor@femalearts.com

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Our vision is for all creative women to be equally heard and seen in the Performing Arts - Visual Arts - Literary Arts.

Please send your news and press releases by email to: listings@femalearts.com

Female Arts NEWS / Events

Dec 2016 we held a free creative content workshop for individuals and small businesses in the former Waterstones retail unit, in the Oracle shopping centre, Reading as part of Pop Up Business Reading. Supported by Reading Borough Council as part of Reading Year of Culture 2016

July 2016 we held free workshops in Playwriting and Review Writing at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, as part of Reading Fringe Festival 2016 Supported by Reading Borough Council as part of Reading Year of Culture 2016

May 2016 we produced Rebellious Acts an evening of new writing at South Street Arts Centre in Reading and ran two free writing workshops. Review writing and Short-playwrighting for women supported by Reading Borough Council as part of Reading Year of Culture 2016

3 April 2016 - 3 April 2016 - Founder and Editor In Chief Wendy Thomson and Interviews Editor Amie Taylor interviewed by Katy Davis on the 'She Speaks' show at Wandsworth Radio - Listen to the show here (from 21 mins) https://www.mixcloud.com/KatyPDavis/female-arts-magazine/

Happy International Women's Day 2016! @womensday #PledgeforParity - this month we've met Charlotte Church, Anne Diamond, Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey and Alok Sharma MP to Pledge for Parity for gender equality please join our Friend scheme to help us continue our work promoting gender equality in the arts.

21 Mar 2016 - Editor In Chief Wendy Thomson meets Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey and Alok Sharma MP in our office at the fantastic South Street Arts Centre, Reading where we made a #PledgeforParity photos: https://www.facebook.com/femalearts/posts/1055278594536170

11 Mar 2016 - Editor In Chief Wendy Thomson meets the inspiring Charlotte Church at the Women of the World festival where she was speaking with Doreen Lawrence about activism, photos: https://www.facebook.com/femalearts/posts/1055344957862867

8 Mar 2016 - Editor In Chief Wendy Thomson interview by Anne Diamond on BBC Radio Berkshire and Blast 1386 with Eddie Winship (listen here from 5mins https://www.mixcloud.com/Communitymatters/cm026-08-mar-iwd-2/) about International Women's Day and our new friend scheme www.femalearts.com/friend - you can pledge for gender parity by becoming our friend from £30 a year.

6 Mar 2016 - Female Arts produce the inaugural showcase of the Red Women Theatre Awards held at Greenwich Theatre, London. Report by Hannah Roe http://www.femalearts.com/node/2310

Mar 2016 - 17percent, BroadwayBaby and Women's Grid report on the launch of Female Arts co-production, RED Women's Theatre Awards at the Greenwich Theatre.

Jan 2016 - Female Arts attended the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize - awarded at the National Theatre to female playwrights. Photos on our facebook page

Jan 2016 – Editor Wendy Thomson chaired a discussion on feminist criticism at Devoted and Disgruntled, Birmingham Rep Theatre with contributions from independent critic 'The Plays the Thing' Laura Kressly and Female Arts reviewers Gina Smith and Katie Jackson (read the report Video and photos on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/femalearts/videos/1041796602551036/ and https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1041801442550552.1073741839.14...).

Jan 2016 – Editor Wendy Thomson interviewed by Blast 1386 Radio about her work as a branch leader of the Women's Equality Party.

Aug 2015 – Editor Wendy Thomson interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire about Women in Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Nov 2014 – Editor Wendy Thomson speaks about Female Arts Scratch featured in Get Reading newspaper

Sep 2014 – Editor Wendy Thomson's play 'Anna' featured in Art Zip magazine

Aug 2014 - Female Arts announce their 'Associate Artists' - The Minty Crimples, The Thelmas and A Cat and Mouse Act theatre companies, who produced feminist shows at the Camden Fringe Festival 'The Monotonous Drum' 'Ladylogue' and 'Paper Dolls'.

July 2014 - Female Arts WOW party was featured in the summer 2014 alumni newsletter from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (online issue) http://issuu.com/cssdlondon/docs/alumni23_july2014_web (issue 23 - bottom of page 9)

May 2014 - Female Arts launch Sponsume crowdfunder, with rewards named after gender equality champions in the arts - Lucy Kerbel, Meryl Streep, Dianne Setch, Jean Rogers, Hedy Lamarr, Sue Parrish, Geena Davis, Marin Alsop, Annie Lennox, Jude Kelly

May 2014 - Editor Wendy Thomson interviewed by Get Reading newspaper

April 2014 - Editor Wendy Thomson interviewed by Bitch magazine

March 2014 - Female Arts writers nominated for The Orwell Prize in Journalism 2014: Wendy Thomson, Sophie Porter, Jade Allen, Madelaine Smith, Gina Smith and Pamela Jikiemi

March 2014 - Female Arts selected to host a party at the Women of the World festival, Southbank Centre with GAP Salon

March 2014 - Female Arts featured in FWSA - Feminist and Women's Studies Association blog http://fwsablog.org.uk/2014/03/24/female-arts-magazine/

March 2014 - Editor Wendy Thomson was a panellist at 'Bite the Apple' scenes from '100 Great Plays For Women' by Lucy Kerble

December 2013 - Editor Wendy Thomson was a panellist at the ‘Women in Arts festival’ on the topic ‘Writing for Women’ run by So and So Arts club and the Actors Centre

November 2013 - Editor Wendy Thomson interviewed by When Sally Met Sally

November 2013 - Female Arts was featured in Varsity the student newspaper of Cambridge University

October 2013 - Editor Wendy Thomson contributed to LA FPI (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative) article on gender parity research

August 2013 - Female Arts writers were featured in the summer 2013 alumni newsletter from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (online issue) http://www.cssd.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-newsletter (issue 21 - bottom of page 6)

June 2013 - Female Arts were exhibited as part of 100 deeds a project examining what gender equality means 100 years after the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. We were displayed in the People’s History Museum, Manchester 4th – 14th June 2013 as part of 'Wonder Women: Radical Manchester' exhibition alongside the memorial of Emily Wilding Davison, & also exhibited as part of 100 deeds at the Wilding Festival, London with ‘Soundcastle’ 13th - 16th June 2013.

March 2013 - Wendy Thomson, editor of Female Arts was nominated for the Orwell prize in Journalism 2013

January 2013 - Female Arts was featured in 17percent the website dedicated to gender equality for playwrights.

Female Arts allies and activists

League of Professional Theatre Women UK Facebook page

Gender and Performance (GAP) Salon http://gapsalon.wordpress.com

17 percent https://17percent.wordpress.com

Women's Arts Association www.womensarts.co.uk

RED Women's Theatre Awards www.redwomenstheatreawards.co.uk

So and So Arts Club www.soandsoartsclub.com

Tonic Theatre http://www.tonictheatre.co.uk/

Bechdel Theatre http://bechdeltheatre.com/

LGBTQ Arts Review www.lgbtqarts.com

Equal Writes equalwrites.co.uk/

Equity Women's Committee http://www.equity.org.uk/committees/women-s-committee-2015-2017/

Act for Change http://www.act-for-change.com/

Actor Awareness http://www.actorawareness.co.uk/

Arts Emergency http://arts-emergency.org/donate-2/

The Alternative Queen of Reading The Alternative Queen website and Facebook page

Press Release

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