Pieces of a Woman at Zebra One Gallery

Hampstead’s Zebra One Gallery teams up with renowned artist, actress and playwright Lorien Haynes in an unmissable fundraising exhibition, neatly coinciding with International Women’s Day on the 8th March.

Haynes’s solo show will include a VIP private view at The Koppel Project New Bond Street, in which a series of her signature, oversized charcoal nudes will be unveiled. The works are made up of multiple pieces of paper, showing the intimate layers of a woman that can neither be tamed or contained. The event will also feature a performance from the super-talent that is spoken word poet, Miss Yankey.

A second private view will be held at Hampstead’s Burgh House, showcasing Haynes’s work at its Peggy Jay Gallery, with a recorded introduction from Annie Lennox along with a selection of readings from the cast of 2021 West End play Punched, which Lorien co-wrote and produced with Donna Air. The event will also screen the première of the Saffron Burrows-directed short film, She Came to Me, written by Haynes. Plus, Pieces of a Woman will present a series of 15 hand-coloured prints, celebrating the female form, which will be on show at Zebra One’s virtual gallery, and available to view in person at the Hampstead art space.

The exhibition’s charity partners are The Circle, a feminist organisation founded by Annie Lennox supporting vulnerable women and girls around the world, and Refuge, which supports UK domestic abuse survivors. As a passionate feminist and survivor of sexual abuse herself, these are causes close to Lorien’s heart: “Most women I know are survivors of some form of sexual violence”, she says, “so it feels crucial at this time ­­– when during the pandemic, sexual and domestic violence figures have risen exponentially – to draw attention to the issue and donate a percentage of every piece sold.” Owner and curator of Zebra One, Gabrielle Du Plooy says: “Lorien is a truly remarkable woman and artist and her work is a powerful and visceral celebration of the female body as a landscape, spilling across layers of paper. So it couldn’t be a more perfect exhibition for International Women’s Day. We are very proud to be partnering with Refuge and The Circle, supporting their vital work for women.”

Perrin’s Court, 73A Hampstead High Street, NW3 (020 7794 1281; (zebraonegallery.com)