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Artworks by some of Britain’s most celebrated artists, including Turner Prize nominees Tracey Emin and Cornelia Parker and Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing, brought together by women from Colchester.

Civic leaders, community organisers, artists, designers, politicians, mothers and the Colchester business owners have worked with Firstsite to present this exhibition which examines the role of emotion and soft power in our society. The group have been meeting together to discuss their lives, feelings, priorities and concerns since they witnessed the unveiling of Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, which Firstsite co-commissioned with the Mayor of London.

Works on display include Tracey Emin’s 1995 film, Why I never became a dancer, the sculpture Neither from nor towards (1992), by Cornelia Parker, screen-print The Garden (1997) by Gillian Wearing CBE and, fellow star of the generation of Young British Artists, Sarah Lucas’ black and white self-portrait photograph, Fighting Fire with Fire (1996). Another highlight is Lucy Gunning’s Climbing Around My Room, a video made in 1993, which shows a woman circumventing her room at ceiling level.

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