16 Days of Street Art Action otherwise known as ‘Pillars of the Community’ is utilising the global campaign ’16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women’ as a platform to promote the work of female artists across the North West and to put women who have made a positive impact upon the world in the spotlight.
On each day of the international campaign a piece of street art depicting a revolutionary woman will be painted or pasted on street bollards at the intersection of Oldham and Hilton Street in Manchester City Centre.
As well as promoting the work of female street artists, the project also aims to challenge the dominance of male historical figures in public spaces, as it complements the ‘WoManchester Statue Project’. This project believes that a society that recognises and values the efforts and contributions of women in all spheres- political, cultural and personal, is a society that is better for everyone, regardless of their gender. American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.
There is a diverse mix of talented female artists involved in the action including the members of Normad Clan, Cbloxx and Aylo, whose recent work #StreetArtMargate featured in ‘I Support Street Art’s’ Best of August Blog. Sarah Lynn Mayhew (SLM Art) whose tribute to Edward Snowden, ‘The Truth is Coming and Cannot Be Stopped!’ which was painted in 2013 in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, is to be published in the 8th edition of ‘Mass Communication’ Oxford University Press.
‘16 Days of Street Art Action’ will be delivering a series of workshops in the run up to the action, where they will be offering people the opportunity to work with some of the most successful artists taking part this year. Tickets for the workshops are £5 on ‘Eventbrite’ however £4 will be returned to participants upon arrival.
The campaign begins on the ‘International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women (the 25th of November) and ends on ‘International Human Rights Day’, on the 10th of December.