Private View: The Rise of Women Artists
The Walker has a particularly strong collection of work by women artists. One of the first three paintings bought for the collection, in 1871, is by a woman. For centuries, most women's art was unsigned and anonymous, because most of it was done with a needle at home or with a brush in a pottery. Those women who established themselves as named artists did so through the help of their families. Some Victorian women asserted themselves and set up their own organisations for female artists. They opened up education in art schools to women, and changed the prospects for future generations. This enabled women artists to succeed in the twentieth century, especially in the years of prosperity after the Second World War.
In the late twentieth century feminism raised new questions. Does it make a difference whether a contemporary artist is a woman or a man? Or is the gender irrelevant to judging the art? These are just some of the questions in this fascinating exhibition. Curators of the exhibition from the Walker Art Gallery - Head of Decorative Arts Robin Emmerson and Curator of Fine Art Laura MacCulloch â will each offer a tour on the women artists in their specialist areas on the evening of 4 November.
Drinks and nibbles will be available before the tours.