festival of the vagina
Call for Artists
(artists, poets, musicians, performers, educators, crafty folk)
Want to be part of a kick-ass international vagina celebration tour?
101 Vagina Book Launch and Exhibition Tour – USA & Canada 2014
Festival of the Vagina
Where & When:
April to June 2014
For full details see: http://101vagina.com/usa-canada
Also posted at the bottom of this page
If you’re interested please contact us via the contact page here:
The 101 Vagina project is looking for artist who would like to bring their art / music / performance / poetry / education to be included in the exhibition space.
Opening days/nights of the exhibition tour will play host to a mini Festival of the Vagina. The idea is to bring together local artists, educators, etc together in vaginal celebration.
The exhibition and event are free for all to attend, though a donation will be sought from attendees to help cover costs like gallery hire etc. 101 Vagina will be covering the cost of the exhibition space etc, so though you may have your work for sale, we ask that you understand that the main focus of the event/exhibition will be the 101 Vagina book and exhibition.
At the various venues I hope to have some spare wall space for art, floor space for sculpture and performance, etc. Some venues are smaller/larger than others, so I need to work with what’s available.
Past events have included:
- vagina crafternoon: make a vagina/vulva out of various crafty materials
- muff muffins: decorate muffins (cup cakes) with toppings
- musicians performing vagina songs
- spoken word and poetry around vaginas and body image in general
- vagina art and sculptures
- Vaginal Mary confessional: confess your sins directly to her living breathing vagina under her nun’s habit
- Speeches by sexuality educators, therapists, politician, plastic surgeon, etc
Whether you have art to contribute or not, I’ll also need support pulling all this together. If there is a particular part of the day you’d like to take charge of, like organising performers or running the vagina crafternoon, that would be super helpful.
Or if you’re just happy to help out a bit on the say with things that need doing then that would also be very appreciated.
Just to be clear, I self-published (via the name Taboo Books which I registered) and pulled this entire project and tour together myself without a publisher or corporate backing. The only way this project continues is through donations and book sales. At this stage the project is far, far away from even breaking even (gotta pay galleries etc). So any help you can offer basically goes towards keeping the show on the road; my pockets are not being lined. Further, proceeds are going to organisations who work to end and heal violence towards women. Thank you.
See this video to see the Festival of the Vagina in Sydney that was part of the 101 Vagina exhibition there in June 2013:
TOUR: Cities – Dates – Venues
Los Angeles: 5 – 13 April
Saturday 5 April – Sunday 13 April, 2014
Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Suite #200
San Francisco: 19 – 27 April
Saturday 19 April – Sunday 27 April, 2014
Goforaloop Gallery & Studios
1458 San Bruno Avenue
Montreal: 17 – 25 May
Saturday 17 May – Sunday 25 May, 2014
Le repaire des 100 talents
5867 Rue Saint-Hubert
New York: 3 – 8 June
Tuesday 3 June – Sunday 8 June, 2014
NOo SPHERE Arts
251 East Houston St
Toronto: 14 – 22 June
Saturday 14 June – Sunday 22 June, 2014
Creative Blueprint Gallery
376 Bathurst Street
In May I visited Sydney with the express purpose of finding a venue to host the 101 Vagina Exhibition and Festival of the Vagina. After a bunch of too-ing and fro-ing I returned to Melbourne empty handed. Then 107 Projects gallery space came through with one week available just 4 weeks out, at the end of June.
So I spent 4 frantic weeks organising things to make the exhibition and festival happen in Sydney, along with some fantastic help.
As in Melbourne we had to set up a whole new hanging system that makes hanging 101 photos + 101 messages manageable.
Long story short, here are the photos :)
See original article here:
Media Release: 6 June 2013
101 Vagina Exhibition comes to Sydney
On 29 June 2013, Sydney will host Australia’s second Festival of the Vagina. The first was held in Melbourne in March as part of the 101 Vagina Book Launch and Exhibition, and attracted around 1000 visitors.
Philip Werner, the curator of the Festival of the Vagina and creator of the 101 Vagina project, will be bringing together Sydney’s diverse artists, educators, performers, and musicians, with the common purpose of removing the taboo and shame that many people still feel around their genitalia. He has also begun work on the 101 Penis project.
The award winning artist collective, 107 Projects, will play host to this unique event in Sydney in it’s spacious gallery at 107 Redfern Street, Redfern.
One of the highlights of the Festival of the Vagina will be the 101 Vagina Exhibition, in near life-size format.
101 Vagina is a coffee-table book comprising 101 beautiful black and white photos of vaginas (front on, standing pose) accompanied by a message by each woman from or about her vagina to the world. The aim of the book is to break down the taboo around the vagina and body image shame generally, as well as celebrating diversity and the sharing of story.
The book took over two years to complete and a successful crowdfunding campaign funded the first print run. Now published by Taboo Books, 101 Vagina is available for sale online at the 101 Vagina website and selected bookshops.
Festival of the Vagina:
Saturday 29 June, 2013
12 – 5pm.
101 Vagina Exhibition: (Book available online)
Thu 27 – Sun 30 June, 2013
12 – 5pm
107 Projects: 107 Redfern St. Redfern
101 Vagina and Festival of the Vagina in The Age today Thursday 14 March 2013.
Read all about it here: