AudaciArt

During lockdown we chose a word or phrase suggested by a quote by or about an audacious woman. Women were invited to create and submit any type of work inspired by the theme - a short story, painting, photography, memoir, poetry, a dance or music video, ceramics, even (a photograph of) a piece of knitting! Nothing was ruled out.

We published 17 editions between April and July 2020. Brilliant contributions from so many women led to a truly outstanding collection of work. We're sure you'll enjoy reading them.

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Friday, 31 July 2020

This week's theme The Most Difficult Thing was suggested by a quote from Amelia Earhart

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity

Friday, 24 July 2020

This week’s theme, Wait Not A Single Moment, is inspired by a quotation from Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world

Friday, 17 July 2020

This week’s theme, The Courage to Stand Up is inspired by a quotation from J K Rowling (said by Hogwarts Headmaster, Dumbledore, about Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.)

“There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

Friday, 10 July 2020

This week’s theme, On Being a Pretzel, is inspired by a quotation from Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate 1997.

If you’re always trying to please everybody around you, all you end up being is a pretzel, twisted into the shape of a pretzel. If you do that enough, you’ll end up not even knowing who you really are. So have the courage to be who you really are, no matter where you are.

Friday, 3 July 2020

This week’s theme, Footprints, is inspired by a quotation from Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate.

You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women's rights advocate. She is Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.

Friday, 26 June 2020

This week’s theme, Through A Portal, is inspired by a quotation from Arundhati Roy:

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.

Friday, 19 June 2020

This week’s theme, A Kind of a Difference, is inspired by a quotation from Jane Goodall.

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Friday, 12 June 2020

This week’s theme, Dying On Your Feet, was suggested by a quote from Dolores Ibárruri, known as La Pasionaria (the passion flower),anti-fascist, Republican fighter and leading member of the Spanish Communist Party:

It is better to die on your feet than live forever on your knees

Friday, 5 June 2020

This week’s theme, The Warrior Within, was suggested by a quote by Jennifer Welwood

Willing to experience aloneness, I discover connection everywhere; Turning to face my fear, I meet
the warrior who lives within.

 

 

 

 

Friday, 29 May 2020

This week’s theme, How Wild it Was, was suggested by a quote from Cheryl Strayed:

It was my life - like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present,
so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be.

Friday, 22 May 2020

This week’s theme, The Wall, is a bit of a cheat! Instead of being suggested by a quote, it comes from an entire book, The Memoirs of A Survivor by Doris Lessing.

Friday, 15 May 2020

This week’s theme, I Reject, was suggested by a quote from: Ferda Ülker of Turkey. We chose it because today, 15 May, is International Conscientious Objectors Day.

As much as militarism is determined to affect my life, I am determined to continue my struggle.
I REJECT!

You can read Ferda Ülker’s whole declaration here: https://wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/co-declaration/2011/ferda-ulker

Friday, 8 May 2020

This week’s theme, Crossing the Line, was suggested by a quote from Shonda Rhimes (TV producer, writer/creator Grey’s Anatomy)         

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.

 

Friday, 1 May 2020

This week’s theme, Nothing to Hold On To was suggested by a quote from Sonia Johnson:   

It’s only when we have nothing else to hold on to that we’re willing to try something very audacious and scary

Friday, 24 April 2020

This week’s theme, One Child One Pen was suggested by a quote from Malala Yousafzai:

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world

Friday, 17 April 2020

This week's theme, Lost in the Fire, comes from a quote by Michelle K

Some women are lost in the fire. Some women are built from it ​

Friday, 10 April 2020

This week’s theme, The Comeback, was suggested by an article by Dr Jill Murray

The comeback is always stronger than the setback.

 She goes on to say: