Influences

Phoebe Davies  

"It's not about whether you wear acrylics or not, it's an expression of me, a freedom, a subtle suggestion of what I think. How else are we going to start talking about it?"
(Participant of Life For Girls, a participant in Nailwraps: Influences)

As part of her Influences series, Phoebe Davies is collaborating with groups of women, exploring current attitudes to gender equality, feminism, female expectations and individual agency. 

Drawing upon the contemporary culture of nail art, these dialogues and collaborations have resulted in a series of printed nail designs depicting people of personal influence or significance specific to participating groups. These nailwraps are then applied and distributed from a public nail bar run by participants, which acts as a site to exchange opinions and ideas questioning what feminism means to young women today.


Since January 2013 Phoebe has worked with groups situating the nailbar in various contexts and locations, these collaborations include: Streets Of Growth, Tower Hamlets Youth Arts Services, Southbank Centre, Women of the World Festival 2013,Styled by AfricaLate at Tate BritainMulberry School for Girls, Regent Street Festival, Summer Streets, Bob and Roberta Smith’s Art Party Conference (an Artsadmin commission), The Open BarbersClean BreakLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceSteirischer Herbst Festival (AUS) and SA-UK Season, Johannesburg (ZA).  

Influences is produced by Artsadmin and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and supported by Southbank Centre and WAH! Nails. Influences was initially developed as a pilot project in partnership with South London Gallery and Life for Girls.

Listen to interview with Phoebe Davies on BBC Women's Hour (21 October, 2014).

If you have a group who would like to get involved or would like to discuss the project contact samtrotman@artsadmin.co.uk.

Click here to see photos collected with #femiheroes at Women of the World conference

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

26-28.11.15
JOHANNESBURG South Africa
26.09 -03.10.15
Steirischer Herbst
GRAZ Austria
26.10.14
Cambridge Junction
CAMBRIDGE UK
03-04.10.14
Fierce Festival
BIRMINGHAM UK
09.03.14
Nailwraps: Influences
Southbank Centre
23.11.13
Art Party Conference
The Spa
SCARBOROUGH UK
21.07.13
Regent Street
LONDON UK
07.06.13
Nailwraps: Influences Late at Tate
Tate Britain
08-10.03.13
Women of the World
LONDON
Photo by Anthea Pokroy.

Photo by Anthea Pokroy.

Photo by Anthea Pokroy.

Photo by Anthea Pokroy.

Photo by Anthea Pokroy.

Photo by Anthea Pokroy.

Photo by Rowena Gordon

Photo by Rowena Gordon

Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre 2013. Photo by Rowena Gordon.

Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre 2013. Photo by Rowena Gordon.

Open Barbers, 2013. Photo by Phoebe Davies.

Open Barbers, 2013. Photo by Phoebe Davies.

Art Party Conference, Scarborough, 2013. Photo by Phoebe Davies.

Art Party Conference, Scarborough, 2013. Photo by Phoebe Davies.

Regent Street Festival, London. Photo by Rowena Gordon.

Regent Street Festival, London. Photo by Rowena Gordon.

Mulberry School for Girls, 2013. Photo by Rowena Gordon.

Mulberry School for Girls, 2013. Photo by Rowena Gordon.

Late At Tate, Tate Britain, 2013. Photo by Yemisi Blakesmall.

Late At Tate, Tate Britain, 2013. Photo by Yemisi Blakesmall.

Styled by Africa, Peckham, 2013. Photo by Laura Hemming-Lowe.

Styled by Africa, Peckham, 2013. Photo by Laura Hemming-Lowe.

Photo by Anthea Pokroy 

Photo by Anthea Pokroy 

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

Photo by Anthea Pokroy

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