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Morley Gallery: Women’s Work – Art from Southwark’s Collections
September 18, 2018 @ 12:00 am - December 22, 2018 @ 12:00 am
2018 has been an important year for raising issues about women’s equality and recognition. There are many powerful stories, from the centenary of women’s partial suffrage in 1918 to the #metoo movement.
Women’s Work highlights historic, modern and contemporary work by women in the Southwark’s historic art collection. Works are from the South London Gallery’s historic collection and Southwark council’s museum collections. Many of the works link, through artist or genre, to Morley’s own history.
Named women artists make up only about 12% of the total works in these collections and many identities almost completely lost, if they were ever known.
Early women artists’ long struggle to get equal access to training, opportunities and recognition is still a reality today. Women artists are still underrepresented, as is the diversity of women in our public collections.
This exhibition makes visible a selection of female artists and raises questions about the structures that impact the ways in which women artists are represented, displayed and collected.
Featured artists include Margaret Sarah Carpenter, Prunella Clough, Anya Gallaccio, Grace Golden, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas, Saskia Olde Wolbers and Bertha Newcombe.
Wharf on Bankside by Grace Lydia Golden.
Southwark Council’s art collection.