Edinburgh Art Festival: Girls star Lena Dunham to be special guest at Shameful Women event | UK News

Aug 7, 2023 | Entertainment, News

Lena Dunham, the star of hit comedy-drama TV series Girls, has been announced as a special guest at an Edinburgh Art Festival event.

The Golden Globe winner will join sculpture artist Lindsey Mendick for a conversation entitled Shameful Women on 19 August.

Both women will speak about their personal experiences during the one-off event at Jupiter Artland, a contemporary sculpture park and art gallery on the outskirts of the city.

Dunham is a writer, director, actor and producer who was born and raised in New York City. She wrote and appeared in Girls, which ran for six series and was nominated for 11 Primetime Emmys awards.

She has won two Golden Globes, a Writer’s Guild Award, and was the first woman to win the DGA award for best director for a television comedy. Her prose has been published in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Vogue, Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times.

Mendick works predominantly with clay, and houses her artwork in life-like installations, recreating scenes from her personal life.

Her solo commission is currently presented across Jupiter Artland’s galleries. It is her biggest commission to date and presents a contemporary view of duality and supposed binaries between good and evil, virtue and depravity, and gender roles.

The two women will come together at this year’s Jupiter Rising festival, which takes place at Jupiter Artland over a single night and will also feature live music, dancing, karaoke and DJ sets.

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‘Exploration about proud women’

Jupiter Artland founder and director Nicky Wilson said: “These two women bring their power of observation and relentlessly confessional instincts to site their work in a most compelling medium themselves.

“This talk is not about women and shame, it’s an exploration about shameful, proud women that transmute shame into observations that resonate with us all.

“Mendick does not shy away from confession and mess as she presents unflinching observations of the power of drink – it’s fun and it’s optimism alongside the messiness and regret that it also inflicts.”

Kim McAleese, director of the Edinburgh Art Festival, said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with Jupiter Artland on this amazing one-night event, with such a fantastic range of collaborators and performers and curated by active, important and exciting artists and arts workers.”

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