Zonta Club of Cebu II supports local female artists in virtual art fair

Although gender bias is less overt today, contemporary female artists still face many obstacles and disparities. There is persistent underrepresentation in museum collections and exhibitions worldwide. Galleries and collectors seem to find greater value in work produced by men than that made by women. Male artists are still the default go-to for collecting by museums and the market.

Realizing that this gender disparity persists in their local art community, the Zonta Club of Cebu II, Philippines, subsidized the registration fees of 15 female artists in TUBÒ. TUBÒ is an affordable art fair organized by the Arts Council of Cebu. It is their fourth year running, and it will take place online this year. The club's support provides the female artists an online exhibition space and brings awareness to women's limited access to commercial galleries. The club also hopes to correct the gender disparity in their local art community.

The opportunity to display their works of art online allows female artists to showcase their work, market their pieces, expand their network and future opportunities and develop a following of collectors. It will help them make a foray into the creative arts viable and sustainable in the long run. 

The mutually beneficial partnership with the Arts Council of Cebu will pave the path for the coming generations of female artists and lead them into the free-flowing exchange through conversation and art. This virtual gathering of female creativity will promote a future of learning from colleagues in the art world, luminaries, collectors and leaders. It'll also prove that the female vision and imagination can be monuments of significant change.