13 April 2016
'Spin Drawing for Women's Equality' (2015) raised £20,000 for the Women’s Equality Party today, selling for well over the estimate during Phillips' 'New Now' auction.
The Women’s Equality Party was founded by Catherine Mayer and Sandi Toksvig in March 2015, to put women’s equality at the top of the political agenda. Speaking ahead of the auction, WEP co-founder and President Catherine Mayer stated: “In 1907, the Artists’ Suffrage League formed to help the campaign for women’s suffrage. Art isn’t always overtly political but it always finds ways to transform and create new ways of looking and thinking, just as the Women’s Equality Party aims to do. All of these artists are rightly celebrated for their ability to play with perceptions and subvert apparently fixed realities." Adding that the sale would help the party: "compete on a level playing field with much bigger, older, richer parties and raise awareness of the barriers to equality. There are currently more male MPs in Westminster than there have ever been female MPs elected. Politics is dominated by white, affluent men. Women are on average poorer than men, financially and in terms of time as they are more likely to be juggling caregiving. These problems are even more acute for BME women and women with disabilities. WE aim to open up politics and the support of these artists is hugely helpful to our efforts.”
For more information, please visit the WEP website.