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Creatively, whether you want to call it the Fourth Wave of Feminism (or something less patriarchal) the second half of this decade will be defined by women of creativity. That’s not a negative supposition but more a reflection of the gender gap that still remains in the arts. Artist collective Hun aim to change that one pop-up show at a time, using venues off the beaten track and focusing on female artists in the North East.

Hollie and Katt explain how their idea for a supportive and forward-thinking collective came to fruition. “I’ve been attending local art shows for as long as I can remember but it’s always felt like a bit of an elite club that seemed near enough impossible to really be a part of. I loved the idea of doing something different where everyone was welcome and everyone could have the opportunity to be a part of a show.” Explains Hollie. After a Wetherspoon’s brainstorming session, Hun was born. “A one night only art show concept for female artists to get more exposure, more opportunity and ultimately build a community here in the North East. Even just in the first few months of this project I feel like the creative community in Teesside has transformed; there are so many more opportunities and new spaces popping up and it seems like there’s so much more going on than ever before – it’s absolutely fantastic to be a part of it.”

All of our shows are intended to give women the platform they might not have previously had

With the advent of new initiatives like Pineapple Black, Base Camp and Creative Factory, Hollie remarks that she’s noticed an upturn in attendance over recent months. “I have noticed there have been progressively bigger crowds turning out and there’s a great atmosphere at these events too, which is so positive for Middlesbrough. We seem to be at this perfect crossroads with people trying new things and the local community are actually keen to show up and be a part of it!”

Hun’s next event at Base Camp on Friday 27th September is in tandem with AMPT, who actively seek to promote awareness of mental wellbeing through live music. The free night of art and music showcases a female-led line-up of creative talent featuring punk pop duo The Noise & The Naïve, funky pop group Picnic and alt. electronic artist Me Lost Me. Artists having their work exhibited include photographer Tracy Thomas, textile artist Sacha Rowe, illustrator Charlotte Maddison, and fine artists Mollie MacSween, Susan Loughlin and Rosie Stronach. “All of our shows are intended to give women the platform they might not have previously had.” Katt explains. “I know that as a creative female in a male dominated industry I have always struggled to be heard – be it through education or out in the big wide world. So this is why we created our female-led shows, as we feel like this is something different and it’s about time female artists in the North East were shouted about.”

Hun X AMPT takes place at Base Camp on Friday 27th September

 

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