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An exhibition showcasing the work of Laura Knight, Dod Procter, Vanessa Bell and Gwen John.

The 20th century was a time of great change for women in Britain. Those born, raised and educated in the 19th century, then forming relationships and working in the 20th century saw extraordinary progress, but against that backdrop was their struggle to challenge the conventions imposed upon them by a patriarchal society.

Challenging Convention explores four women artists – Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), Laura Knight (1877-1970), Gwen John (1876-1939) and Dod Procter (1890-1972), through their lives and work in a climate of modernism, transformation and increasing emancipation. Each was embedded within a web of fellow artists and intellectuals and made a significant impact on the profile of women artists within traditional institutions and in the public eye.

This exhibition is curated by the Laing Art Gallery and brings significant works by Bell, Knight, John and Procter from over forty UK public collections to Newcastle. With support from The Golsoncott Foundation.

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Laing Art Gallery

New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE1 8AG

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Temporarily closed - Opening 17 May

Fewer people will be admitted (timeslots / we may ask you to queue)

Please follow the government’s social distancing guidance and we ask that you follow the one-way route around the venue

Some spaces in our venue may be closed, until it is safe to open them.

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