International Women’s Day 2018: 'Nasty Women' have united to make art for Shoreditch exhibition

Ailis Brennan
Photo Eve De Haan courtesy of Creative Debuts

A new exhibition showing feminist art by global members of the Nasty Women movement is opening in Shoreditch today, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The exhibition, called Empowerment, is a collaborative effort between Creative Debuts and feminist art activism group Nasty Women.

Based in New York, Nasty Women is working with parallel movements in the UK, Amsterdam and Lisbon to set up the show, which features work by feminist artists from the United States, Nigeria, India, Iran, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Sweden, and the UK.

Artists will include digital illustrator Lila Ash, painter and photographer Helena Cardow and British Iranian artist Sanya Torkmorad-Jozavi, who will be showing work responding to the recent increase in acid attacks in the capital.

Pal Kumar will show drawings of his grandmother, and drag artist Viagra Vuitton (also known as Timothy Martin) will also be exhibiting work.

"It is important that all genders are included as part of the debate. Empowerment has been as inclusive as possible welcoming submissions from artists regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, experience with art, or political viewpoints,” said Carolina Wheat-Nielsen, curator and organiser of the New York Nasty Women Exhibition in New York.

Part of the money at the exhibition will be donated to the End Violence Against Women Coalition.

Empowerment will run at the Black & White Building, 74 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY from March 8-10. For more information and tickets visit