Celebrating International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated every March 8th, and it's probably an older holiday than you think. Rather than beginning in the Seventies, when feminism really took hold, it dates back to the start of the 20th century, with the earliest version being a 'Woman's Day' organized by the Socialist Party of America in New York. This inspired delegates of the 1910 International Socialist Women's Conference to propose an annual women's day, which began across Europe the following year. The USSR made International Woman's Day a national holiday in 1917, and was adopted by the United Nations as a holiday in 1977.

This year's theme is 'Embrace Equity', asking people to think about gender equity - working to remove barriers to equal opportunity by providing support based on the different needs of every individual. 

Read on to find out more about our art by female artists, and art celebrating women, at Castle Fine Art.



Emma Grzonkowski


Carly Ashdown

Featured art: Ékstasis Set of Two - Aria & Arpeggio by Emma-Leone Palmer; set of two hand-varnished canvases on board, £1,250.

Women at Castle Fine Art

We are proud to carry the works of incredibly talented female artists at Castle Fine Art, from many different backgrounds. Pascale Taurua has been painting since her youth, and has also worked as a model, and 1978's Miss France. In the Seventies, the Miss World competition was targeted by feminist protesters because of the way it objectified women, yet the world of the beauty queen empowered Pascale, who walked away from the title after six months, and she used the experience positively. "It was a short period of time, but it has still marked my life," she says. "The positive thing about being Miss France was that it gave me a way of thinking that I could use; that we should not be at the mercy of others."

Painter Scarlett Raven has found a greater artistic power in motherhood, which she says has made her braver and stronger. Speaking after the birth of her first child, she said: "I’m not fighting the experience, I’m in awe of it. It’s less about the destination and more about the journey. When people look at my artworks, I want them to feel the amazement that babies feel when looking at something for the first time. They’re a portal to a magical, safe place where anything is possible."

Working at Castle Fine Art

Castle Fine Art is also proud to have amazing women working for the company in our galleries and head office, and they all bring something special to Castle Fine Art. Lucinda Moyne, our Head of Online Sales, says: "My favourite thing about working for Castle has to be the incredible artists and art I get to work with every day. I love the variety of my job and no two days are ever the same."

Gemma Wilson is Gallery Co-Ordinator at our Birmingham Mailbox gallery (pictured left), and says: "‘I find working within Castle Fine Art an energetic, empowering work environment where progression is seen to be welcomed and embraced. The diversity within the company is evident and exciting and most certainly has a family feel. I am proud to be a part of a company that is constantly growing and allows people opportunities to thrive,"

If you would like to work for Castle Fine Art, check out our current vacancies here.


À Sa Place

Walking in the stylish shoes of Pascale Taurua

Pascale Taurua brings her sense of Parisian chic to a stunning new collection, À Sa Place, meaning “in her shoes”. The pieces in the collection highlight stylish footwear and accessories; ‘Mon Chanel’ featuring a pair of leopard-print sandals and a chic quilted handbag, and 'Elegance Hermès Et Manolo Blahnik’, which showcases classic blue stilettoes and a leather bag.

Take a look at these stunning pieces in the video below.

From the blog

Roxy Winterburn launches new Faithful Friends collection with charming horse and child sculpture


Roxy Winterburn launches new Faithful Friends collection with charming horse and child sculpture

Walking in the stylish shoes of Pascale Taurua


Pascale Taurua brings her sense of Parisian chic to a stunning new collection, À sa place, meaning “in her shoes”.

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