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Lady Denman Cup Competition 2021

Let me show you what a woman can do!

The NFWI is pleased to announce that the Lady Denman Cup Competition 2021 will be held in partnership with the National Gallery.

Using no more than 500 words, WI members are invited to submit a piece of writing, fact or fiction, in any style (story, poem etc.) based on this painting by Artemisia Gentileschi. Entries can be submitted either via email or by hard copy.

Entrants must submit 4 copies of their entry, typed if possible, on A4 paper to their Federation Secretary or by email to: [email protected] no later than Friday 30th July 2021. Any entries sent directly to the NFWI will be returned to the entrant.

Entries must be accompanied by a completed Individual Entry Form

Artemisia Gentileschi, Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, about 1615-17.

© The National Gallery

To allow a fair and standardised competition timescale across all WIs and federations, the NFWI has set a closing date of Friday 30th July 2021 for members to submit their entry to their federation office.

· Each entry must include a total word count; entries with over 500 words will not be accepted.

· All entries will be judged in the first instance at federation level and up to three entries from each federation can go forward to the national competition.

· All entries at national level will receive a critique by the Judge.

· Requests for late entries to receive a critique by the judges, outside of the competition, will not be granted.

· All forms relating to the competition can be downloaded from My WI/Make, create & do.

· Results will be announced by early December 2021.


Book tokens will be given as prizes: 1st prize book token to the value of £75, 2nd prize book token to the value of £50 and 3rd prize book token to the value of £30. The winner/winning federation will be presented with the Lady Denman Cup.

#ArtemisiaToo: Artist, Avenger, Assassin - Emma Rees

For the very first time, the National Gallery is giving audiences in the UK the opportunity to see a major exhibition of work by the seventeenth-century Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi. The paintings are bold and often extremely violent in theme. What inspired Artemisia repeatedly to represent biblical stories of murder, rape, and brutality in innovative ways? In this illustrated talk*, Professor Emma Rees reveals what lay behind Artemisia’s artistic fascination with the same subjects which preoccupied her male counterparts in the Caravaggist School, but which were given a unique perspective in her hands. She argues that the paintings vividly depicting revenge and female empowerment – from Judith of Bethulia beheading Nebuchadnezzar’s tyrannical general, Holofernes, to Jael’s murder of Sisera, commander of the Canaanite army – are no less than Artemisia’s provocative and unapologetic early modern expression of today’s #MeToo movement. * Date of talk not yet available.


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