Inside the South Shields terrace flat which has been transformed into an art gallery

A South Shields flat has been transformed into an art exhibition which hopes to spark a debate on gender equality and the status of women’s art.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 9:44 am
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 12:15 pm
Sreelekha Reddy, Miki Z, Deputy Mayor, Coun Gladys Hobson , Padma Rao

Women’s House is a female artist-led project aims to provide a meaningful platform for debate about gender equality and status of women’s art.

The exhibition is the brainchild of two artists, Padma Rao and Miki Z, and saw them transform a Tyneside flat into an immersive creative space and gallery.

As well as collaborating on their work, they invited local women to make creative responses to feminist issues.

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Artists Miki Z and Padma Rao

Padma Rao said: “Women’s House brings ‘personal into social and the social into political’ spheres using ‘feminism’ as the context for our conversations, introspections and both individual and collaborative interrogations.

“I am so pleased to have the opportunity to explore and reflect on issues that can often be brushed aside as cultural, historical or simply obligatory.”

Inspired by the iconic feminist installation ‘Womanhouse’ by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, Women's House is an exhibition exploring diverse women's identities and expressions is currently on display at Makaan Art Gallery, in Talbot Road, South Shields.

Miki Z said: “This exhibition is an important starting point in that, it opens the discussion around intersectionality of women. The uncomfortable, unsaid things that we could only touch upon during the project. Equally, it created a space for dialogues between different women from diverse backgrounds.”

The Storyteller. Site responsive installation that is presented in a darkened room created collaboratively by Padma Rao

The exhibition is open to view until Friday, December 30 from 11am- 3pm by appointment.

Artwork created by Padma Rao