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‘Painting Every Woman’: Creative Writing Workshop with Nadine Aisha

22nd April at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm


A series of creative writing workshops marking the close of Ciara Philips’ Every Woman co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Commissions.

Painting Every Woman, Saturday 22nd April, City Art Centre in Market Street, Edinburgh, 10.30am to 1pm

Note: This event was previously listed as taking place at Edinburgh Central Library. It will now take place at City Art Centre in Market Street, Edinburgh.

Throughout history, women have often been the subject of paintings by men, but often the work of women artists themselves has not been fairly represented. In fact, women artists account for just 4% of Scotland’s National Galleries collection.

Ciara Philips’ Every Woman celebrates the contribution of women ship-painters in the Second World War, and this series of workshops will explore how women are (metaphorically, and sometimes literally) painted by others, and how they would wish to portray themselves instead. In particular, it seeks to explore the multiple mis-paintings and power of representation for women of colour.

In this two and a half hour workshop, poet and feminist activist Nadine Aisha will work with participants to use creative writing techniques to explore the themes of painting over women. The workshop will take the format of a mix of group discussion, exercises, and individual writing time, as well as an opportunity to share creative work produced during the session in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Join us for our next workshop at Glasgow Women’s Library on Saturday 29th April.

There will also be a chance for women who attend either workshop to obtain a limited number of complimentary tickets to one session of Glasgow Women’s Library’s groundbreaking new celebration of women writers, Open the Door on 13th May.

Glasgow Women’s Library in partnership with Edinburgh Art Festival and Ciara Philips’ Every Woman Dazzle Ship.


This workshop is for those who identify as BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Women or Women of Colour. This includes women of mixed heritage/ethnicity, and both young women and older women are welcome in the space.

This event is free to attend. Please book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else. If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you – email rebecca.jones@womenslibrary.org.uk or call Glasgow Women’s Library on 0141 550 2267.


To find out more about Nadine, tweet @nadineaishaj or visit http://nadineaisha.wixsite.com/nadineaisha

To find out more about Ciara Philips’ Every Woman and the Dazzle Ship visit https://edinburghartfestival.com/dazzle

To find out more about Open the Door, visit: https://womenslibrary.org.uk/event/open-the-door-words-with-women-writers/




city arts centre
Market Street
Edinburgh,United Kingdom


Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267