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Challenging Convention

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Challenging Conventions, the new exhibition from Laing Art Gallery will be on display from 17 May 2021 when the art gallery can reopen following lockdown in England. In the meantime, discover digital exhibitions and more from Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums on their Must-See Stories YouTube channel.

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 of them 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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