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“ I am so proud of the times we lived/rebelled through and excited to see this being shared so joyously with the public. I am pleased that present/current artists are being showcased - the rebellion lives on!”

This vibrant exhibition of photographs, moving image, and art pieces took place at Space Station Sixty-Five from 25 June-17 September 2021 and was guest curated by Atlanta Kernick and Kat Hudson. 
The exhibition and related events were produced by Siobhan Fahey from Rebel Dykes History Project CiC. 

The exhibition was funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Independent Film Trust.


The Rebel Dykes Art & Archive Show,  Short Film (Dir. Orlando Myxx) UK 2021. 5mins
“Beautifully curated; a poignant, thought-provoking, witty and entertaining exhibition.”

“It was great to see such a wealth of archival material and contemporary artworks by and about lesbian cultures and

communities. I particularly enjoyed the video footage and interviews with lesbian punks. I can't wait to see / hear more!”

REBEL DYKES ART AND ARCHIVE SHOW shone a spotlight on an underexposed lesbian community of 1980s London; a community with connections to Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and to major cities in Britain, Europe and US, especially San Francisco, New York, Helsinki and Berlin. 

The Rebel Dykes originated in the 1980s as a group that merged outsider cultures to create fresh feminist explorations of art, sex and activism!

 

The Rebel Dykes Art and Archive Show bought together this group of artists back together for the first time in almost 40 years and unites important underrepresented cultural histories with contemporary dyke culture; inviting a variety of younger artists to exhibit new works alongside the dykes who paved their way. 

 

Curated by: artist and archivist Atalanta Kernick, and artist and cultural producer, Kat Hudson (of Lesley Magazine).

The RDHP exhibition ran from 25th June to September 17th 2021 at SpaceStation SixtyFive in Kennington, South London.The exhibition was open to the public three days a week from Thursday to Saturday, 12pm to 6pm.

 

Over the 37 days it was open, 3150 people visited the exhibition, an average of 85 people per day.   A key aim of RDHP was to facilitate intergenerational dialogue.  To encourage younger visitors to engage with the archive through the exhibition we invited younger artists to explore the archive and create new works in response.We were granted funding from Arts Council England for this, and invited two artists to curate the exhibition, Kat Hudson and Atalanta Kernick. 

 

The curators worked with 50 artists. over a 12 month period to collect and prepare archive material for display.  The final exhibition displayed archives from Tessa Boffin, Kate Charlesworth, Phyllis Christopher, Kai Fláin, Karen Fisher, Lola Flash, Nazmia Jamal,Atalanta Kernick, Del LaGrace Volcano, Lucy Martin, Trill Moss, Jill Posener, Jessica Tanzer, Dixie Thomas.

 

The exhibition also included new textile art, photography and painting in response to the Rebel Dykes archive or the artist's personal archive from up and soaring contemproray who identify as dyke as part of their story,  artists such as Cherry Auhoni, Emily Witham, Nina Wakeford, Rene Matić, Max Disgrace.  

The feedback from the exhibition has been breathetaking.  A few quotes are decorating our page! 

“Having queer/female history portrayed in such a creative, includise and diverse way is so inspired and important! The

movement is still relevant and the art was fabulous.”

“What an awesome and enlightening exhibition about the legends that are the rebel dykes. They have a collection of intimate and beautiful photography, powerful work and publications, as well as clips of bizarre, funny and also emotional reels displayed around the gallery. Would recommend to all. Thank you!”

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REBEL DYKES ART AND ARCHIVE SHOW was produced by REBEL DYKES HISTORY PROJECT CiC, and co-created with Lesley Magazine.  It was funded by Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Independent Film Trust and the David Family Foundation. 

THE NATIONAL LOTTERY HERITAGE FUND: Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk