What is Etiquette?
Etiquette, an ongoing event in its third year, is a multidisciplinary showcase of art created by and about women. It looks to platform gender as a subject of discourse, and art as a tool to provide both artists and audiences with a safe space in which conversations about women’s issues can take place.
“Etiquette” as a practice, revolves largely around codes of conduct that enable an individual to negotiate a social space without conflict and on a larger scale, a community or society to carry on, as is.
Gender, not synonymous with biological sex, is often perceived as natural. Assuming the roles of our designated gender unquestioningly is a form of etiquette that perpetuates existing power structures which discriminate against women in almost all spheres of personal and professional life.
For this reason, the rules of gendered etiquette need to change. We believe this starts with conversation. And we believe that art starts great conversation.
What happened with the last Etiquette in 2011?
In 2011, Etiquette expanded from a single-focus event to a 3-week visual arts exhibition, 1-night literary event and 2-day film series. The events comprised women of all ages and backgrounds coming together to express, articulate and vent about issues important to them; in particular, issues pertaining to women and girls that make for inappropriate dinner conversation. Participants comprised a range of established and emerging practitioners who were either especially invited to be part of the show or who were selected from an open call.
If you are keen to find out more about what we are (or have been doing) in 2013, we've compiled this year's plans to aid in our current fundraising campaign. You can read more about them here: http://igg.me/p/356440