An exhibition from an open submission by 60 girls and women living or working in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
26 March 1988 – 3 April 1988
Opening: Saturday 26 March

This exhibition, presented by Tower Hamlets Women’s Arts Forum, is organised around the theme of identity. It aims to offer other pictures, of the many different and changing identities that girls and women experience in their daily, social and personal lives.⠀

Girls and women working together or alone were invited to submit work commenting upon and expressing woman’s representation of herself and her environment. ⠀

‘Open' exhibitions are generally ‘selected’ by ‘experts’. Identity is not. All works submitted are shown, in order to increase recognition of women’s potential and achievement in the arts, regardless of age, class, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability. ⠀

The exhibition contains work by sixty individuals and groups living or working in London Borough of Tower Hamlets, with an age range of 8 to 73. Work includes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, poetry, video, tape/slide, textiles and crafts.⠀

How do women see themselves and how are they seen?

This text is an extract from the exhibition catalogue produced for Identity, 1988.

This exhibition featured an average of two works by 60 individuals or groups based in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, showing a very wide selection of work including: hangings, crafts, poetry, video, painting, drawing, tape slide and sculpture. The ages of those that took part ranged from 8 to 73. The exhibition involved the following local groups: Island History Trust, Burdett Estate Women's Art Group and Asian Cultural Centre for Women.

There was a selection of the exhibition that was for a women-only audience.

This text is taken from the press release for Identity, March 1988.

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