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The Nasty Women are back this week, roused by Donald Trump to speak out through art


Back in April there was a successful exhibition called Nasty Women Newcastle to which artists from around the world contributed work for sale.

Now the organisers are mounting another event and asking the question: Are You Still Nasty?

They’re not really nasty women, of course. They were just incensed by Donald Trump’s description of election rival Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” when on the campaign trail in 2016.

They felt the remark, and other things he had done and said, demeaned women.

In America an artist called Roxanne Jackson decided to “reclaim” the description and invited women to donate artworks for the first Nasty Women exhibition in New York.

Putting up the Nasty Women exhibition in Birtley

It was a big success and captured the imagination of many people – mostly but not exclusively women.

One of the contributors was North East artist Lady Kitt whose donated papercut artwork was bought by a New York politician who hung it in her office.

Lady Kitt was inspired, with fellow artist Aly Smith, to organise that first exhibition at Byker Community Centre.

Now comes the follow-up – and it brings Roxanne Jackson to the North East for the first time.

Originally it was planned to be a longer event taking place at the same venue but a hitch meant there was a last minute hunt for an alternative.

To the rescue came Thought Foundation, a relatively new venue in Birtley, Gateshead , run by artist Leanne Pearce…

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