She’s Eclectic: Women Artists of the VG&M collection
Victoria Gallery & Museum
University of Liverpool
Runs until end April 2019
Open Tues – Sat 10am to 5pm
The VG&M presents a vibrant new exhibition showcasing the diversity of artwork by women artists in their collection. Some of the artists are world famous and others are less known but still talented and interesting. Some are local, some are international. It’s an eclectic mix.
The paintings, prints and sculptures on show range in date from around 1900 to contemporary. Many have not been publicly displayed for several years. The University has been acquiring artworks since the 1880s but there was a major drive to add new works during the 1960s and 70s when the campus was undergoing a period of rapid expansion. Acquisitions of that time included a sculpture by Elisabeth Frink and a large painting by Gillian Ayres. The University has continued to add to its collection over the years.
The exhibition features the latest major acquisition, Runway Show by Fiona Banner RA, purchased with the support of the Contemporary Art Society in 2018.
In 1971, American art historian Linda Nochlin published her ground-breaking feminist essay, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? She wrote that historically, amongst other factors, the male-dominated art world had restricted opportunities for women artists to thrive. Nochlin’s essay sparked a debate which helped to reappraise the position of women artists. She died in 2017 and the exhibition forms a tribute to her.
Nicola Euston, Head of Museums and Galleries for the University of Liverpool, comments: “We are proud to celebrate and share some of our amazing artworks created by women artists. We are confident that everybody will discover something new to enjoy and inspire.”
Victoria Gallery & Museum, Ashton Street, Liverpool L69 3DR
General enquiries: Tel 0151 794 2348/email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the exhibition contact Dr Amanda Draper, Curator of Art & Exhibitions at email@example.com