HYSTERICAL EXHIBITION 2022
For Women’s History Month 2022 Eliza Hatch and Bee Illustrates came together to co-curate their debut group show, Hysterical at no format Gallery. This charity, community-focused group exhibition celebrated women and marginalised genders whose work centred on community, activism and uplifting voices of those around them.
In it's first year, Hysterical brought together creatives from multiple disciplines including photography, illustration, film, textiles and digital media whose work focuses on issues such as identity, race, sexual harassment, gender, politics and more. Exhibiting artists included; Alice Skinner, Tayo Adekunle, Florence Winter Hill, Alia Romagnoli, Linnet Panashe Rubaya, Jodie Bateman, Molly Piper Greaves, Iga Bielawska, Eleanor West, Samiira Garane, Beth Suzanna, Charlie J Fitz, Caitlin Binks, Josie Devine, Ophelia Arc, Florence Poppy Deary, Eliza Hatch and Bee Illustrates.
The theme of the exhibition was to subvert the notion of “attention-seeking” or “dramatic” women and reclaim words historically used to oppress people of marginalised genders. By amplifying the work of artists and activists using their voices for change, Hysterical showed how creatives responded to the world around them, by using art as a tool for advocacy. During the residency at no format Gallery, Hysterical hosted a panel discussion with Gina Martin, Prishita Maheshwari-Aplin, Cathy Reay, Maxine Williams and India Ysabel - and workshop hosted by Grrrl Zine Fair. All proceeds from ticket sales from Hysterical were donated to UN Women UK and Mermaids.
Hysterical raised £500 for charity and £1.8k to crowdfund the costs of the exhibition. Hysterical 2022 press features include; Dazed, Stylist, British Journal of Photography, Diva Mag, It's Nice That, Global Citizen and Bricks Magazine.
Who are we?
Hysterical Collective was founded by photographer and activist, Eliza Hatch and queer, non-binary, illustrator Bee Illustrates after making friends on the internet, and then meeting by chance at a creative event. After co-curating their first ever charity exhibition together, they decided to create Hysterical Collective.
After Hysterical's success in 2022, Bee & Eliza decided to set up a collective to promote accessibility and creativity for artists & activists, by putting on feminist exhibitions and charity events for the community.
Hysterical is now a yearly exhibition, series of events and collective focused on raising money for charity and creating inclusive, safe spaces in the art world for women and marginalised creatives.
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