Kusheda Mensah, artist and print designer.

Kusheda Mensah, artist and print designer.

Cairo Clarke, curator.

Cairo Clarke, curator.

Caroline Simionescu-Marin, music A&R at XL Records

Caroline Simionescu-Marin, music A&R at XL Records

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W Project x Tate Exchange

Championing women, changing and challenging creative industries at Tate Modern.

What do you do when you don’t see women in creative industries being represented in the mainstream media? You make them visible. On the eve of this year’s International Women’s Day head over to Tate Modern for a very special symposium held by the W Project that brings together women of the art world, from established curators to emerging voices. The best news? It’s rumoured to feature music from our favourite female Peckham collective Born N Bread and it's free to attend.

The W Project was founded on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in March 2011 by creative director Teo Connor and producer Loren Platt. With the aim to ‘entitle young women to become agents of change – challenge expectation and share their talent’ they set out to confront the representation of women in creative industries. Curating events, developing programmes, and igniting initiatives to change perceptions and attitudes towards women in creative fields, and bring women and role-models together, this latest event sees them taking on the future of female curation and diversity in the art world in the heart of the internationally acclaimed gallery.

Tate Modern’s own director Frances Morris, a curator who has worked tirelessly since 1987 to champion female artists and increase diversity will feature as main speaker. She’s a woman with an impressive number of important retrospectives under her belt, including Agnes Martin, Yayoi Kusama, and Louise Bourgeois. By her side will be experimental newcomer Cairo Clarke, who co-created an alternative summer programme at Bold Tendencies, and is currently working on an immersive exhibition called ‘Touch Sensitive’, which pushes at the boundaries of curating with a series of collaborations, events, and performances that explore the female body. The symposium will also feature the creative director of GRM Daily, Caroline Simionescu-Marin, who also manages to balance working as a music A&R at XL records and hosting on Radar Radio. Described as ‘a true visionary and curator of the underground’ she’s been a key influencer in promoting important voices from London’s emerging music scene, and recently released a New Gen compilation album to critical acclaim. Together these curatorial pioneers and visionaries will talk about their own experiences ‘making it’ in the industry, and discuss what it takes to make a mark in the world of contemporary curation. We can’t wait.

For more information visit Tate’s website here: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/talk-and-lecture/tate-exchange/women-in-art-symposium

Tate Modern’s director, Frances Morris

Tate Modern’s director, Frances Morris

Leyla Tahir, curator and Tate Collective’s Producer in Digital. 

Leyla Tahir, curator and Tate Collective’s Producer in Digital.