Indelicate, Ungenteel, Vulgar & Outrageous Women

‘Indelicate, Ungenteel, Vulgar & Outrageous Women’
June 5th – July 6th 2023
A photo-essay exploring a new order of social justice then and now.

IUVOW will be open to the public from Monday 5 June – Thursday 6 July from 4-7pm weekdays. The exhibition is touring and will be in Darlington in 2024.

Josephine Butler College is delighted to host an art exhibition titled Radical Non-Resistance and the Art of Transgression: Indelicate, Ungenteel, Vulgar & Outrageous Women, (IUVOW) curated by local artist Philip Gatenby.

‘Indelicate, Ungenteel, Vulgar & Outrageous Women’ is a public exhibition exploring a new order of social justice carried forward from radical non resistance in the 19th Century by women of and from the North East of England, including Elizabeth Pease, Josephine Butler and Harriet Martineau, who were associated with Darlington, Northumberland and North Tyneside respectively. Each is known for advocacy, original thinking, activism and support for the cause of women’s political inclusion and emancipation. The photo-essay extends a time line into the 1930s, 1960s and 1990s when resistance and dissent to stark new forms of oppression give significance to the activist work of Frances Perkins (USA), Marta Kubišová (South Bohemia) and Jo Spence (UK). Contemporary film (Tereza Stehlikova, Prague), photo-work (Claire Grey, London), painting (Pip Dickens, Lancashire) and print media (Alec Gatenby, Utrecht) carries the story into the here and now. Please see the attached details for further information

If there are any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact, we hope you will join us in celebrating this small piece of North East history.