Annie Swynnerton: Painting Light and Hope

Manchester Art Gallery

23 February 2018 – 6 January 2019

Bringing together paintings from across her career, this is the first retrospective since 1923 of a pioneering artist who broke ground both as a painter and a champion of women’s rights.

Annie Swynnerton, The Sense of Sight, 1895

Admired throughout her career by artists such as John Singer Sargent and Auguste Rodin, Annie Swynnerton was elected the first female Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1922.

Her paintings of women from all walks of life presented a bold, new image of female beauty, power and potential, and she set up the Manchester Society of Women Painters while campaigning for the right to vote.

This exhibition draws together 36 paintings with loans from public and private collections and highlights the influence of her extended stays in Italy on her distinctive use of light and vibrant colour. 

This exhibition is part of RA250, supported by Art Fund.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Thu until 9pm) Closed 24, 25 Dec, Good Friday

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)