Women’s art in March

Women’s art exhibition registration open

The Adeje council have announced that registration is now open for women artists who wish to take part in the 2019 ‘Mujeres Adeje-Creativa’ (Creative Adeje Women) collective expo. Interested artists have until January 31st to present their work for consideration.

The initiative, run through the department of equality, hopes, says councillor Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, “to continue to underline the importance of the role of women in the art world today, and give them an increased presence in the art galleries generally. We also want to pay homage to those who have gone before, who have fought to overcome social convention and discrimination which sought to stifle their artistic success.”

The selected works will form part of an exhibition in the Adeje Cultural Centre that will take place from February 22nd to March 18th, as part of a series of acts celebrating International Women’s Day 2019.

Participation requirements
Participation is open to women over 16 years of age, professionals or self-taught, who are living in the Canary Islands. As the objective of the exhibition is to demonstration the diversity of women artists there is no specific theme required. Over the years artists of many nationalities (including Nikki Attree, pictured above at last year’s exhibition) have taken part.

Interested artists must present a single work of art in any discipline (painting, sculpture, photograph, graphic design, video art, installation, performance, etc), not taller than 1.20 metre. In the case of installations, the organisers will decide whether it can be accommodated or not, depending on size. Video art presentations must be no longer than 180 seconds in duration.

Works submitted must be ready for showing, that is to say with all the necessary elements in place, and if the display requires some form of special treatment the organisers will get in contact with the artist to organise mounting.

The forms to be filled in and submitted are available for download online, www.adeje.es, and you will be asked to submit your personal data and a photograph of the work you wish to exhibit.

From February 1st the department of equality will get in touch with those artists that have been selected for participation to give them full details of how and when their works should be brought to the cultural centre.

A judging panel will also be selecting what, in their opinion, is the best work of the collection, with the chosen artists offered a full exhibition in the Cultural Centre during 2019. The criteria for choosing the best entry will be include technique, creativity and originality.

The collective will also have a virtual catalogue of all the works on display, and the artists.

 

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‘Invisible’ women with special needs


Yesterday the Tenerife Cabildo was in Adeje to co-launch the Magarza Sur project, an initiative to empower and enhance the personal development and social inclusion potential of women with disabilities.
The project is driven by an organisation called CoordiCanarias, who assist people with physical challenges, as well as Sinpromi (a Tenerife organisation established to protect the rights of those with special needs), the councils of Adeje and Arafo, and Hey!Participa. According to the Cabildo equality councillor Estefanía Castro, similar projects in La Laguna and Santa Cruz were successful and now “we are bringing the activities to the south to meet an existing need for women with ‘functional diversity’ outside the municipal zones”, in particular because in many cases “disabled women are considered invisible”, she said.


The Adeje equality politics councillor, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez spoke of the double discrimination suffered by women who have special needs and the challenge and the obligation for public bodies was to do all they could to “ensure a society that was equal and just for all.”
Arafo’s social services councillor, Natacha Afonso, invited other boroughs to get involved and Sinpromi’s Dulce Torres said now was the time “to break down stereotypes and prejudices”.
Equality of opportunities is very important for women with special needs as they have been proven to suffer more and increased discrimination in terms of education, employment opportunities and are more susceptible to violence and abuse. The objective of the project is not simply to highlight the reality of the situation of women in this situation but also reduce discriminations and assist in personal development and self-esteem.

Rural women recognition

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Adeje is to host the VIII Tenerife Rural Women’s meeting on October 13th in the Adeje CDTCA (Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development). Starting at 10am the event will be presented by the councillors for the environment Esther Rivero Vargas and the councillor for equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro.

“We are underlining the valuable contribution women are making in farming and rural work, not an easy choice, and it is precisely with them in mind that we celebrate International Rural Women’s Day, which is every October 15th, as agreed unanimously at the last council meeting”, said the councillors.

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“These days it is increasingly common to see women leading the farm decision making and work, and between 20-30 % of agricultural concerns are headed up by women.
Given this data, it is only correct that the work of these women, who are playing a fundamental role in sustainability in our society, is recognised, as they are also making progress in a sector that traditionally treated women unequally.”

In the Canaries the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) gives special attention to women in farms and the island have also introduced ‘Reticom’, a shared ownership registry which gives women shared rights and grants in the farm. Both of these initiatives are working to promote business women and equality in agricultural settings.

The event is directed in particular at rural women based in South Tenerife. Anyone interested in taking part can sign up by phoning the Agricultural section in Guía de Isora (922 447 925). The conference will include talks from experts in the field, tastings, a declaration for International Rural Women’s Day and a visit to an Adeje diary..