Seventeen artists*

*who just happen to be women

Élizabeth Vigée-LeBrun, Self Portrait in a Straw Hat, after 1782

Where Rawtenstall Library, Queen's Square, Rawtenstall, Lancashire BB4 6QU

When  30th March 2019, 1-2pm   FREE TASTER SESSION

20th April 2019, 12-2pm

27th April 2019, 12-2pm

4th May 2019, 12-2pm

11th May 2019, 12-2pm

Tickets £7 per session when booked in advance, £8 per session on the door

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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, whose work has initially inspired the series, and who has contributed to the selection of the artists.

Artists presented:

  • 20th April: Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1535-1625), Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652), Judith Leyster (1609-1660)
  • 27th April: Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), Luisa Ignacia Roldan (1652-1706), Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757)
  • 4th May: Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), Élizabeth Vigée-LeBrun (1755-1842), Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), Elizabeth Thompson (1846-1933)
  • 11th May: 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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