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Great Minds by Anne-Katrin Purkiss is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

Celebrating the achievements of women in creative professions, this exhibition of portrait photographs depicts influential women working across both science and the arts.

This exhibition brings together more than 40 contemporary photographic portraits of influential women who inspire others through their work and their contributions to society, such as Mary Quant, Elisabeth Frink, Magdalene Odundo, Sophie Ryder and Helen Sharman, the first British cosmonaut.

For over three decades, Anne-Katrin Purkiss has been photographing people in creative professions, either as part of her regular freelance work for museums, galleries and government agencies or due to personal interest. Working primarily in black and white by utilising available light, Anne’s work has become, over the years, part of a number of public collections and has been exhibited widely and published in a range of newspapers and journals around the world.

When elaborating on the idea behind her ongoing photographic project and the upcoming exhibition, Anne added, 'In recent years I have made a deliberate effort to address the [gender] imbalance. It was easier than I had imagined. It meant moving away from photographing only people whose names were well publicised and immediately recognised, to taking a closer look at achievements and listening to what others had to say about people whose work had personally inspired them.'

PhotographySouth East

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