14 April 2018 – 28 April 2019
Celebrate the work of women artists from the Norwich Castle collections and explore how their under-representation across the art world can be addressed.
Norwich Castle tackles head on the meagre representation of women artists in public collections, including its own (only 7%), in an exhibition both celebrating women artists and highlighting the controversy of their historical neglect.
Featuring artists from the early 20th century to the present day, the exhibition presents work exploring ideas specifically around female identity but also subjects that are more abstract or remote. Artists include Gwen John, Maggi Hambling, Barbara Hepworth, Mary Newcomb, Bridget Riley, and Penny Slinger, whose seminal book, 50% The Visible Women, inspired the title of the exhibition. One of her early works will be shown for the frist time since the 1970s.
Also on display is a prestigious new commission by leading international artist, Aliza Nisenbaum, made possible by the Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society scheme which each year supports a regional UK museum's acquisition of a work by a leading, living female artist.