Artists battle it out for gender equality.

You have to look no further than the streets of Melbourne to see that art has always played an important role in creating and promoting social change. With its political murals and ever-changing laneways, and galleries packed with art lovers every weekend, it’s no secret that Melbourne is one of the world’s artistic epicentres. This city loves its art. But it also loves its activism.

As a non-profit organisation based in Melbourne, we have been lucky enough to be part of a thriving and passionate activist community for the past six years. Every event we’ve had from our Trailblazing Women of Herstory exhibition in 2016 to our Disaster Agender event in 2015, we have seen firsthand a community willing to stand up and be counted in the fight for social justice and gender equality.

So, we are bringing together Melbourne’s love of art and its heart for social change and hosting Melbourne’s first ever Art Battle to raise money for women in Nepal and Cambodia.

Together with Art Battle International, which has been running events like this all over the world for the better part of two decades, we will be gathering in South Melbourne on Sunday 14 April to watch 12 talented artists battle it out for gender equality.

The concept is simple: 12 artists, 3 rounds, 20 minutes per round. Artworks are created and voted on by you and then auctioned off to raise money for our work connecting women with the skills and resources they need to determine and improve their lives.

With an amazingly talented and diverse range of artists lined up to compete, plus live music performances and DJs, as well as plenty of merchandise on offer - the stage is set and we want you there!

Limited tickets still available, which you can buy here in support of our life-changing work with women.

Ready, set, paint!

Lauren Ryan