Five of the best cultural events for International Women’s Day

From an all-female art auction to a London screening of Marjane Satrapi’s new film about Marie Curie

This is the first Art on a Postcard auction featuring only women artists, including the feminist art group Guerrilla Girls
This is the first Art on a Postcard auction featuring only women artists, including the feminist art group Guerrilla Girls

Art on a Postcard

Charity initiative Art on a Postcard has launched its first all-female auction of postcard-sized artworks online at Paddle8, featuring pieces by feminist art group Guerrilla Girls; Harmony Hammond, who recently showed her textural canvasses at Bermondsey’s White Cube; and the counter-culture painter and collage artist Caroline Coon. All money raised will fund The Hepatitis C Trust’s work to eliminate the disease in women’s prisons. Until 11 March at paddle8.com; bidding starts at £50

First Edition of The Ha-Ha by Jennifer Dawson (1961) £675, from Peter Harrington Rare Books
First Edition of The Ha-Ha by Jennifer Dawson (1961) £675, from Peter Harrington Rare Books | Image: Courtesy of Peter Harrington

Peter Harrington Rare Books exhibition

Female activists, mathematicians, poets and medical practitioners all feature in the International Women’s Day catalogue of London bookseller Peter Harrington. Highlights on display at the Dover Street store include Jennifer Dawson’s 1961 novel The Ha-Ha (£675), offering an insight into women’s mental health and predating Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar by two years; and an original 1967 psychedelic poster by Mari Tepper that proclaims “Hallelujah The Pill!!” (£1,500). Until 18 March; peterharrington.co.uk

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Women of the National Gallery walking tour

This two-hour tour shines a light on often-overlooked women artists such as Catharina van Hemessen and Élisabeth Louise Vigée le Brun, revealing the stories behind their works and contextualising them in the canon of art history. 5, 6 and 7 March; nationalgallery.org.uk. Tickets are £25; book here 

Rosamund Pike stars as Marie Curie in Marjane Satrapi’s biopic Radioactive
Rosamund Pike stars as Marie Curie in Marjane Satrapi’s biopic Radioactive

Radioactive film screening at Ham Yard Hotel

The Soho hotel is hosting a special screening of Radioactive, a new film about physicist and chemist Marie Curie by award-winning Iranian-French director Marjane Satrapi, best known for her graphic novel Persepolis and its film adaptation. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with both the director and leading actor Rosamund Pike. 8 March; firmdalehotels.com. Tickets are £25 or £50 with a three-course lunch or afternoon tea; book here 

Emma Dabiri presents Don’t Touch My Hair at the Women of the World Festival 2020 at the Southbank Centre
Emma Dabiri presents Don’t Touch My Hair at the Women of the World Festival 2020 at the Southbank Centre

Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre

From a live broadcast of Deborah Francis-White’s hit podcast The Guilty Feminist to a discussion about black hair with writer Emma Dabiri, the annual festival packs a punch with its stellar line-up of expertly curated events. Visitors can opt for a day pass or purchase tickets for individual events. 6-8 March; southbankcentre.co.uk. Day passes from £40; book here

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