It’s a cliche, but positions of authority in 'the art world' (whatever that is) remain inexplicably filled by boys, yet the questions: ‘how do you begin to readdress such systemic imbalance?’ and ‘WTF?’ are still in order. Someone coming up with a few answers herself is our next BabyFace girl, Antonia Marsh, who's art collective GIRLS ONLY is living-breathing shrine to girlhood, female friendship and feminist art. Fans, as we are, of anything with a healthy dollop of DIY, punk attitude and a lil’ grassroots sensibility, we were predictably intrigued by Antonia GIRLS ONLY t-shirts that we first spied on Instagram last year.
What we soon discovered is that Antonia is contemporary art curator, founder and director of GIRLS ONLY, a curatorial body and residency program for young female artists based in NYC and LDN. Despite now working predominantly from her studio in Brooklyn, she is a in fact a Brit girl born; raised in London, before completing her first degree at Bristol University she then relocated to San Francisco to complete her masters degree. But, back to her studio for a moment; female artists are free to come and go, work on projects, install and display their work as they please and artists such as Kate Falcone and Bella Howard are all members of the GIRLS ONLY ride or dies. Residency lengths vary but the pink/orange/red/black haired Antonia is always there on hand to help and chat. Most recently Antonia transformed an underpass of Old Street tube station into a contemporary art space that became home to the work of 12 female artists including previous BabyFace chick Lotte Anderson (big up) and Shrimps’ first lady, Hannah Weiland.
Good news for us Blighty residents, then: Antonia is London-bound with her London residency re-opening in January. Antonia is also currently working on an exhibition with the Anti-Agency that will launch in London in December; the project will then move to Paris for Spring and Copenhagen for Summer. She also curates independently of the GIRLS ONLY banner and is in the process of preparing an exhibition of international and local photographers in London for January 2015 on the subject of YOUTH. We’re going to cut to the chase, we seriously want to hang out at the GIRLS ONLY studios: whether it’s Antonia and her pals getting tattooed on the concrete floors, flogging their fabulous garments at their Recession studios pop-up thrift shop, getting seriously #lostincraft, screenings, date-nights, or just enjoying a straight-up knees-up, we want to run with the GIRLS ONLY wolf pack.