The Dugout Festival, Hoxton Arches, 02/03/13

The day long festival celebrating female creativity and accessible art included an exhibition space, cinema room and craft tables, all focused on inspiring and facilitating all those who passed through the doors of the Hoxton Arches Gallery. The venue, a transformed hollow underneath the train tracks, provided a bright and beautiful space to exhibit and engage.

The cinema room was a triumph and all 8 films projected were gems. Emmeline (Daniela Pasquini), Ever Heard a Postman Whistle (Bexie Bush) and On Another Note (Emma Dove) stood out as delicately humorous but seriously skilled pieces of cinema.

The artworks on display were equally as skilled and frank. They told stories of vivid imaginations and celebrated struggle and effort. My favourite piece, situated cozily next to my own, came from Iranian artist Maryam Hashemi. ‘Sweet Surrender’ is a piece painted with ambivalence, unsure and equally brave.

The craft tables and stalls proved to be huge successes and were popular throughout the day. This included my own attempt at a communal piece of artwork. I would like to show a huge amount of gratitude to everyone that got involved in this piece, you will be seeing it again.

My thanks also go to Jade French and her curatorial team, all the artists, filmmakers, craftspeople, organisers and participants. I hope that this fantastic festival will reprise itself next year.