Liverpool RISE Season to celebrate extraordinary women

Liverpool RISE season is preparing a season of arts and cultural events to celebrate inspirational women.

The Liverpool RISE season will span the worlds of arts, science, business, sport and politics, shining a light on women whose impact has been felt in their community, in their home city or town, or across the world.  It will include brand new artistic commissions, exhibitions, performances and world-firsts. 

The full programme of events will be officially launched on International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March and run until the end of the year.  However, three preview events are set to take place ahead of the launch.

Liverpool RISE season: Preview Events

Punk in the Picton – Artist Emma Harrison will chat about her time documenting performances by punk band the Slits, in what was at the time, a very male-dominated field. She will also talk about her part in the early graffiti movement in New York and her work on pop videos for acts including Boy George and Duran Duran. Taking place on Thursday 21 February, tickets start from £6.60 and can be purchased here

Tracey Thorn in Conversation – On Monday 25 February, the singer-songwriter and bestselling author will head to Liverpool’s Central Library to talk about the female inspirations she had growing up and how they shaped the person she has become today. She will be reading extracts from her new book Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia and answering questions from the audience. The event is ticketed, with prices starting from £4.40. Head to for more information.

209 Women – This ambitious all-female exhibition from Open Eye Gallery features new portraits of women MPs from across the country, shot entirely by women photographers. The exhibition was first shown at the Houses of Parliament on 14 December 2018, 100 years to the day since the first general election in which women could vote. In Liverpool, the full set will be shown for the first time, including images of Sinn Fein MPs who refused to have their images shown in Parliament. It both makes and marks history – showing the progress that has been made towards gender parity in politics, while also highlighting the work that is still to be done. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and open every day (except Mondays) from 1 March to 14 April.

Liverpool RISE Season Call-Out

The Culture Liverpool team behind the RISE programme also want to hear from any artist, cultural organisation or group across the city which will be staging events or activities this year which celebrate women. Just head to and fill in the online form and the event could be promoted on the website as part of the RISE season.

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The Liverpool RISE season has been curated by Culture Liverpool and funded by Arts Council England. Other partners include Open Eye Gallery, Kitchen Street, Sisbis, Abandon Normal Devices, Liverpool Central Library, LIPA, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral, Scalarama and Mayoral Club.

Image Credit: Tracey Thorn by Edward Bishop