Founded in Co.Cork by visual artist Samantha Conlon, The Bunny Collective is a group of collaborating artists who identify as female and who specialise in a variety of creative fields. The first exhibition was shown in Waterford’s Soma Contemporary Gallery and focused on how women exist in the online world through a variety of mediums. Since then the collective has attracted members from the U.K. and U.S. in addition to the growing number of Irish artists.
In their own words, this collective is “an online journal and female collective based on the principle of bridging the gap between subcultures and brands”. Founded by streetwear aficionados Mayra Fateh and Michal Tesler, the collective has worked with a first-rate selection of brands including Reebok Classics, Adidas Originals, Nike and VICE.
The BabyFace agency and collective is an international networking platform and an all singing, all dancing showcase for creative women working in their chosen field. The community is inclusive, diverse and detailed, with in depth profiles created for every member. For anyone in need of motivation, a foray down the BabyFace rabbit hole cannot help but uplift and inspire women to create their own vision.
With an arm in London and an arm in New York, Girls Only is a transatlantic publishing body formed by famed rebel curator Antonia Marsh to encourage collaboration and conversation between female artists. Following a conversation with a friend regarding male domination within the tattoo industry, Marsh realised that this issue effected the art world as a whole and, with admirable vision and energy, created an international residency and studio programme in order to remedy it. Marsh is very vocal on her position, making it clear that her ethos is centred on supporting women in a positive way, not excluding men in a negative way.
London based Siren is a collective of DJs, journalists, promoters and performers promoting diversity of gender and diversity of race in the dance music scene. The group formed in response to the lack of female and non white acts achieving prominence within the genre. Avant-garde artist Juan Atkin’s crusade against The DJ List, in which he points out that numbers 1-98 of the Top 100 are white men, demonstrates how vital it is for a movement like this to exist. House music did not originate from white, privileged communities and Siren are clawing back a part of the platform for those who feel excluded.
DJ collective Girls Girls Girls share a residency at Paris Social Club and are joining line-ups around the world (member DJ Piu Piu has played in Edinburgh at both La Belle Angele and Sneaky Pete’s FYI). Founded by Louise Chen, Girls Girls Girls has been hailed as a breath of fresh air on the Paris scene, injecting new energy into an arena traditionally dominated by Ed Banger artists. For this collective, the purpose is to find people who share their vision and who they can work in sync with to achieve their creative goals.
US based Female Collective began as an Instagram account where creator Candice Reels would post positive messages with the sole intention of lifting women up. From there came an online store, social initiatives such as Uplift The Girls and, launching soon, a contributor blog to showcase the work of female writers, artists, photographers and poets.
I have written about The Coven, one of my favourite online newsletters already but as a female collective it should not be overlooked. Founded by Irish Times writer Sarah Waldron, The Coven is a website and newsletter created by women with the noble goal of “looking at serious things without being dour and looking at frothy things without being insubstantial”. Series such as the current Abortion Stories are vital reading, particularly for those engaged in the current fight to repeal Ireland’s 8th Amendment.
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