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Dear art-lover,

As artists we are often in search of recognition and a way to earn a living. In my personal quest for the holy grail of fame and fortune in the art world, i came to realise two things:

– a group achieves more than the individual
– gender inequality (in the art world) needs to be tackled

Those thoughts combined gave me the idea of a women artists expo which quickly developed into the Female Artists Club by January 2020. The motto “We rise by lifting others” feels right to me. In that respect, the International Women’s Day on March 8 is the perfect timing to put ourselves in the spotlight and celebrate women artists. This is also why i invited performing artists and why we teach children about great women artists in our workshops.

So: welcome to the first event of the Female Artists Club. This is only the beginning!

Enjoy the show and thank you for being here to support us!

Alexia

MEET THE ARTISTS

ALEXIA

STRUYE

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of Alexia Struye

Alexia uses photography as a paintbrush to depict an embellished reality, a surrealism that becomes so meticulous and harmonious, that it intrigues.

www.alexiastruye.be

CATHERINE

DAEL

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of Catherine Dael

Catherine’s paintings are figurative and colourful with a nostalgic atmosphere. Old family albums are her source of inspiration.

www.catherinedael.com

CHRISTINE

VAN HAVERE

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of Christine Van Havere

I dream my painting and then I paint my dream. Christine likes to use this quote from Vincent Van Gogh to describe her paintings.

DOMINIQUE

BARBERIS

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of Dominique Barberis

With her unique handmade collages on vintage book covers en pages, Dominique sees and feels a story she tells with subtle, pure and organic shapes.

www.dominiquebarberis.be

EARNEST

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of EARNEST - Mieke Verdickt

Earnest finds inspiration in life with energetic and transformative paintings as a result.

www.earnest.be

ISABELLA

THEYS

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of Isabella Theys

For the creation of her figurative images, Isabella finds inspiration in the banality of everyday life. Snapshots of female figures are frozen in time by means of oil paint, acrylics or markers.

www.isabellatheys.com

KATHLEEN

STEEGMANS

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of Kathleen Steegmans

Kathleen makes paintings and rich, multilayered mixed media art inspired by personal development and spirituality. Each piece is created to convey movement, self-reflection and curiosity. Encouraging you to live the empowered, joyful life you are meant to live.

www.kathleensteegmans.be

NATALIE

PLEIS

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of Natalie Pleis

Natalie creates paintings on wood inspired by nature, always abstract with the illusion of the sea, dawn, fire,… She uses only natural or metallic pigments applied with a palette.

www.nataliepleis.com

RACHEL

AGNEW

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT Rachel Agnew

Each one of Rachel’s paintings are an uppercut because of their confronting honesty, imperfect beauty and humanity using man and humanity as a central theme.

www.rachelagnew.com

STEPHANIE

VAN BENEDEN

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of Stephanie Van Beneden

While sculpting, there’s a moment when the magic happens and the sculpture comes alive. Stéphanie gives her animals a name which adds to their personality. 

www.stephvanbe.be

VERONIQUE

JANSSEUNE

Female Artists Club: PORTRAIT of Veronique Jansseune

Véronique Jansseune makes geometrical abstract paintings in which he plays with colour, shape and matter.

www.veroniquejansseune.be

PROGRAMME

Thursday 5 March     18:00 – 21:00 VERNISSAGE

  • 19:00: openingsspeech: schepen van cultuur Ben Segers
  • 18:00 – 21:00: beats and poetry by Jessica Boyeleba Balehen 
  • meet ALL the artists

Friday 6 March      12:00 – 18:00

  • meet the artists: Véronique Jansseune & Stéphanie Van Beneden

Saturday 7 March     10:00 – 18:00

  • meet the artists: Natalie Pleis, Kathleen Steegmans & Christine Van Havere

Sunday 8 March     10:00 – 18:00 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

  • 10:00 – 13:00: Sunday brunch Bar+
  • 10:30 – 12:00: workshop for kids: painting with Yayoi 
  • 12:00: taiko performance by Josei Yùsen
  • 12:30 – 14:00: workshop for kids: sculpting with Louise
  • 14:00: taiko performance by Josei Yùsen
  • 14:30 – 16:00: workshop for kids: collage with Hannah
  • 16:00: taiko performance by Josei Yùsen
  • meet the artists: Isabella Theys, Catherine Dael & Dominique Barberis, Kathleen Steegmans, Alexia Struye
  • end the day in De Roma with the movie X (a story about being a woman and feeling like a woman) with talk and party. Tickets and info: https://www.deroma.be/nl/agenda/x/10735/

Thursday 12 March     12:00 – 18:00

  • meet the artists: Christine Van Havere & Catherine Dael

Friday 13 March     12:00 – 21:00 LATE NIGHT OPENING

  • meet the artists: Véronique Jansseune & Earnest
  • 18:00 – 21:00: Unknown Dinner 
  • meet the artists: Isabella Theys & Alexia Struye (late night)

Saturday 14 March     10:00 – 18:00

  • meet the artists: Alexia Struye, Natalie Pleis & Christine Van Havere

Sunday 15 March     10:00 – 17:00 FINISSAGE

  • 10:00 -13:00: Sunday brunch Bar+
  • 14:00 – 14:45 – 15:30 – 16:15: dance performances by Isabella Arboleda
  • 16:30 : raffle to announce the winners of the contest
  • meet the artists: Stéphanie Van Beneden, Dominique Barberis, Kathleen Steegmans

PERFORMERS

JESSICA BOYELEBA BALEHEN (CALYA J)

Jessica brings a personal creation called WARRIOR GODDESS, which tells the story of a woman and her constant battle for a spot in this men’s world. The performance is hip hop: beats, poetry and singing combined.

instagram or jessicaboyelebabalehen@gmail.com

JOSEI YÙSEN

Josei Yùsen, or Ladies First (a metaphor for respect for women), brings an ode to Japanese female taiko players with a selection of reviewed traditional compositions and open-source creations.

www.ginnopiyoko.be and taikopeaceproject.simplesite.com

ISABELLA ARBOLEDA

Isabella created an intimate dance performance called: “Before my death there will be creation (of a place for us).”

www.isabellaarb.wixsite.com or isabella.arb@gmail.com

HOW TO GET THERE

BORGERHUB and BAR+ are located on Turnhoutsebaan 92 in 2140 Borgerhout.

MAP

There is no dedicated parking, it can be difficult at times to find a parking spot.

Therefor we highly recommend using public transportation.

The CENTRAL STATION and METRO DIAMANT are only a 10 min walk: trains & trams 2-6-9-15.

TRAM 24 and BUSES 30-410-415-416-417-427 stop at BORGERHOUT DRINK at 200m from BorgerHub.

ACTIVITIES

8/3/2020 WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS

Women artists are rarely talked about in Art History. In wanting to change that, we think one should start early with educating children. We will give three workshops to teach the kids about one female artist they will remember forever! Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois and Hanna Höch are the chosen artists.

The workshops are in Flemish for kids 8 to 12 and cost 2,5€/workshop. Register on Facebook or by sending an email to alexia@alexiastruye.be .

MAX 10 kids/workshop.

10:30 – 12:00 Workshop for kids (NL): collage zoals Hannah

12:30 – 14:00 Workshop for kids (NL): beeldhouwen zoals Louise

14:30 – 16:00 Workshop for kids (NL): schilderen zoals Yayoi

8/3/2020 SUNDAY BRUNCH

Sunday Brunch
Bar+provides a cosy and assorted family brunch, buffet style, focusing on local and organic products: home-baked cakes and warm croissants, quiches, eggs, salads and the best sourdough bread are on the menu.

Adults: 15€
Children between 3 and 12 years old: 7,5€
Children under 3: free

Drinks payed separately.

For reservations send a mail to hello@barplus.be (name + number of seats) before Friday 5 March at midnight. Payment to BE59 7360 6306 5626 counts as confirmation ( mention name and date).

13/3/2020 UNKNOWN DINNER

You don’t know us.
You don’t know the other guests.
You don’t know what will be on your plate.

BUT: all that will change in one night! Lucky Friday 13th: are you in?
Rules:
– ladies only
– no phones at the table
– share one real life story about art

Four course dinner for 40€ per person, drinks not included (payed by the glass) prepared with love by Rigtje from Secret Dinners Antwerp .

Send an email to alexia@alexiastruye.be if you want in or register on the Facebook event.

15/3/2020 SUNDAY BRUNCH

Sunday Brunch
Bar+provides a cosy and assorted family brunch, buffet style, focusing on local and biological products: home-baked cakes and warm croissants, quiches, eggs, salads and the best sourdough bread are on the menu.

Adults: 15€
Children between 3 and 12 years old: 7,5€
Children under 3: free

Drinks payed separately.

For reservations send a mail to hello@barplus.be (name + number of seats) before Friday 13 March at midnight. Payement to BE59 7360 6306 5626 counts as confirmation ( mention name and date).

CONTEST

You can win one of eight high quality reproductions of artworks by Alexia Struye, Christine Van Havere, Dominique barber’s, Isabella Theys, Kathleen Steegmans, Natalie Pleis, Stéphanie Van Beneden or Véronique Jansseune.

These works are on display in the PopUpShop.

To participate, leave your name and email address on the provided cards. (This information will be shared with aforementioned artists. They can only use it to communicate about their artist activities. You can withdraw consent at any moment.)

The winners will be picked on Sunday, 15 March at 16:00. Maximum one price per person. We don’t ship, pick up in Antwerp by appointment.