Gallery unveils exhibition for International Women’s Day

A gallery in Manchester is hosting an exhibition in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Manchester-based female artist Jessica Ilatoda Omitola will showcase her work in her first solo exhibition titled ‘UNMASKING’ at Chuck Gallery.

The art on display will include a range of portraits from Jessica, who has created the collection as a window to her own story and experience of womanhood.

The exhibition will be the fifth in a series of exhibitions hosted by Chuck Gallery in 2017, whose aim is to promote contemporary African art and artists. The venue are hosting the UNMASKING exhibition as part of their ‘Be Bold For Change’ themed International Women’s Day celebrations.

Unmasking ExhibitionOwner of Chuck Gallery, Chukwudi Onwudiwe, was keen to promote International Women’s Day at the venue. He said: “We are inviting women from across the UK to have a discussion around the IWD theme. There will be original pieces by Jessica on display which will take place in our main exhibition room.

“Jessica’s work ties in very well with viewing woman as strong individuals and overcoming the challenges that they have to face in everyday life.

“We are hoping that the exhibition attracts both women and men, young and old. We are wanting it to raise the profile of International Women’s Day and what is stands for.”

The exhibition will launch on March 4, ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8. There will also be a launch event, that will give locals the opportunity to meet the artist herself. The launch event will be chaired by Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, who was voted number three on the power list of the most influential people of black and Caribbean heritage in the UK.

Unmasking ExhibitionThe event will feature a panel discussion, which will discuss the themes around International Women’s Day. There will also be a range of poetry readings by local talent, including Manchester based poet and writer Chanje Kunda.

Chuck Gallery is open 11am-6pm from Monday to Friday and 1pm-5pm on both Saturday and Sundays. The UNMASKING exhibition will be on display at the gallery until April 2.