WOW: Women Only Works on Paper

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Lady Edna Clarke Hall Catherine WEB Laing Art Gallery

WOW: Women Only Works on Paper – a collaboration between Liss Llewellyn and the Laing Art Gallery - showcases 38 British women artists working on paper between 1905 and 1975, a transformative period for women in the arts. Artists Winifred Knights, Ithell Colquhoun, Annie French, Lucy Kemp-Welch, Thérèse Lessore, Hilda Carline and Paule Vézelay are all represented, as well as other accomplished but lesser-known female artists working in the first part of the 20th century.

Before this time, many women faced constant barriers that were inherent in a patriarchal society, including access to equal education and training opportunities. Entrance into prestigious art schools was very difficult, if not impossible - London’s Royal Academy of Arts did not allow women into its Antique Schools until 1862 - yet, despite these obstacles women artists managed to practice their occupation and earn a living. Those born, raised and educated in the 19th century saw extraordinary progress at the turn of the 20th century, with new relationships and promising careers opening many opportunities for success.

The exhibition brings together a display of over 50 watercolours and pastels complemented by etchings, screen-prints, gouache and works in pencil.

Donations welcome, free entry

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