Celebrating International Women’s Day

In the Frame is a fundraising art exhibition for  Refuge.org.uk. The exhibition curated by HCA BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Lin Mathias and sponsored by HCA celebrates International Women’s Day. It is inspired by women who have pushed beyond others’ expectations and made themselves visible to the world through their creativity and resilience.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, cases of domestic abuse involving women and children have risen considerably. The lockdown aimed to stop the spread of Covid-19 is making violence in homes more frequent, more severe and more dangerous. Eventually, the lockdown will end, but the danger seems likely to intensify over the coming months. Studies show that abusers are more likely to murder their partners and others in the wake of personal crises, including lost jobs or significant financial setbacks. With Covid-19 ravaging the economy, such crises are set to become much more frequent. As a result, artists have come together for this exhibition to show their support for Refuge.org.uk. They all hope that after people have enjoyed the exhibition, they may consider donating through the JustGiving page set up on the exhibition site.

Originally planned as a physical event, that exhibition has moved online due to the pandemic. However, recognising and celebrating International Women’s Day and supporting Refuge.org.uk is still as important as ever. With an eclectic, innovative, inspiring mix of artists and a line-up of special guests, Lin and HCA hope to draw in the crowds.

Special guests include: 

  • A live gig from Guerrilla Girls 
  • Actor Melissa Johns 
  • 1990s Chris 
  • Feral Productions 
  • Becky Nuttall 
  • Kirstie Macleod and many more 
In the Frame 3

The exhibition has been officiated by Hereford’s Mayor, Cllr Kath Hey and goes live on 8 March at 10am to celebrate International Women’s Day. Free and open to everyone by visiting online-exhibitions.hca.ac.uk  

In the Frame 2

The live gig with Guerrilla Girls starts at 2pm on 8 March. Lasting about 1 hour, they take the audience through the evolution of their many posters, billboards, actions, and books. They share trade secrets about their use of facts and humour to expose discrimination and corruption in art, film, politics and pop culture. A 20-minute Q&A with audience members follows this presentation. The gig is free and access to the gig is through online-exhibitions.hca.ac.uk