International Women’s Day celebrated with a series of events

Bangor University celebrates International Women’s Day on Saturday March 8th, with a number of events around the day, beginning on Thursday, March 6th.

The events, organised through the University’s School of Lifelong Learning in partnership with BOCS (Caernarfon) and others, include an Exhibition Opening at the Bocs Gallery at 20 Stryd Fawr, Caernarfon. The exhibition of artwork by female artists, on the theme of the portrait of a woman, is curated by Menna Thomas. The Opening is on Thurs 6 March, between 6.00pm - 9pm and is open to the public.

BOCS, a contemporary and experimental art hub promoting young and emerging artists, is also the venue for a Film Night with speaker on Friday 7 March between 7.30pm-10pm.

On Friday March 7th, event partners, the North Wales Women’s Centre, Rhyl will be hosting a workshop by Glyndwr University on getting girls into STEM industry studies and jobs.

International Women’s Day moves to the University in Bangor for the Day itself on Saturday 8th March. The Women's Enterprise Fair, running from 10.00am 1.00pm, is free and open to all. It will include enterprises including a bookshop, crafts and other business ventures run by local women.  In the afternoon from 1.00pm there will be presentations, provocations and performances at the University’s Main Arts Building on College Rd. Alongside the Enterprise Fair and the talks will be an all-day Information Hub featuring organisations that support women.

The Day will close with an event including music, art, videos and poetry at 7.00pm at the Blue Sky Café in Bangor High St. Banda Bacana acoustic will be headlining and supported by a range of other artists. £5 and £3 (concession) on door and all proceeds will go to the Orchid Project (against female genital mutilation).

BOCS is the location again on Sunday 9 March. There will be an Artist workshops led by Menna Thomas between 11.00am and 1.00pm and a writing workshop with Jill Tunstall between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

Shan Ashton, the International Women’s Day organiser and who leads the MA in Women’s Studies at the School of Lifelong Learning said:

“International Women’s day is a great opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, to network and build resilience that enable us to survive and sometimes thrive in times of austerity. It’s been great to bring  an informal partnership together  between  Lifelong Learning, Bangor University; BOCS Artists Cooperative; BAWSO; North Wales Women’s Centre and to be supported by the Welsh Government and WEN Wales to organise these events.”

Publication date: 27 February 2014