Seventeen artists*

*who just happen to be women

Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-portrait at the easel, c. 1556

Where The Portico Library & Gallery, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3FF

When 1st September 2018, 11.30am-1.30pm

15th September 2018, 11.30am-1.30pm

22nd September 2018, 11.30am-1.30pm

29th September 2018, 11.30am-1.30pm

Tickets £13 per session

BOOKING UPDATES: the remaining dates of this series (22nd and 29th September) are now fully booked. Bookings for a new set of dates in January and February 2019 of the same series will be opening soon. Join the waiting list on Eventbrite to be notified if a place becomes available on the September dates, or to be contacted in advance to reserve a space on the new series.

Since the radical Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum? (1989) by the Guerrilla Girls, the art world has been facing an increasing movement of challenging its predominantly male structure. It is impossible to modify retrospectively the canon that has ruled for centuries, made up almost exclusively of male artists; what we can do, instead, is use our modern consciousness to change our own perspective, to discover, welcome and recognise those artists whose contribution to the History of Art has been so far overlooked, or comparatively so, arguably and at least partly due to the fact that they were women.

This series will present seventeen artistic personalities, selecting some examples from different centuries: we will look at their lives and their art, put them into context and, as a result of the analysis of their biographies, we will acknowledge how their identity as female artists affected their careers, their work and their role for the following generations.

The project has emerged from the combination between Sara's research and that of contemporary artist Jane Fairhurst. The sessions will be led by Sara, while Jane will informally add her point of view as an artist, opening up to moments of conversation throughout some of the sessions; she will then present her work in the final part of the last session.

Artists presented:

  • 1st September: Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1535-1625), Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652), Judith Leyster (1609-1660)
  • 15th September: Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), Luisa Ignacia Roldan (1652-1706), Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757)
  • 22nd September: Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), Élizabeth Vigée-LeBrun (1755-1842), Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), Elizabeth Thompson (1846-1933)
  • 29th September: Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Edmonia Lewis (c. 1844-after 1911), Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), and Jane Fairhurst (b. 1953)

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