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14 March 2013:  Rosemary Trockel at Serpentine

5 March 2013:  Patrons Private Collection Visit

6 February 2013:  Eva Hesse and West End Tour

5 February 2013:  Mariko Mori Tour

24 January 2013: Paper London

15 January 2013:  Silver Anniversary Campaign Reception

13 November 2012:  The Government Art Collection, 5:30pm

6 November 2012:  Artists Talk: Susan Swartz, Belgravia Gallery, 11:00 a.m 24 October 2012: Farley Farm Day Trip, including Private Tour with Antony Penrose. 1 October 2012: Buckingham Palace State Rooms Private Tour. 19 September 2012: Women-To-Watch – “Prick your Finger,” Riflemaker Gallery, 6:30 pm Wednesday, 20 June 2012, 4 p.m.

Yoko Ono at The Serpentine

Join us for a tour, led by the Serpentine Gallery’s senior curator Kathryn Rattee, of the work of celebrated artist Yoko Ono which will include SMILE, a large-scale participatory project.  While there we can enjoy Herzog & de Meuron’s/Ai Weiwei’s new Summer Pavillion and hear about progress on Zaha Hadid’s new Serpentine building.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 at 11 am

Gillian Wearing at Whitechapel

Please join us for a tour of the films and photographs of Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing with Whitechapel curator Daniel Hermann. This comprehensive survey, which also premieres new films and sculptures, shows how Wearing is both political – often focusing on the dispossessed or the traumatised – and poetic, finding the extraordinary in us all. Wearing’s portraits and mini-dramas reveal a paradox, given the chance to dress up, put on a mask or act out a role, the liberation of anonymity allows us to be more truly ourselves.

While there, we can admire Rachel Whiteread’s frieze for Whitechapel Gallery, completed as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The Evening Standard reports it is, “inspired as much by the weeds that grow up in pavement cracks in the East End as it is by the gilding in St Paul’s.”

 

Thursday, 17 May 2012 at 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Talk: Susan Fisher Sterling at Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN Nearest tube: Bond Street or Baker Street

As part of this season’s “Art Fund Talks” exploring the role of women in art, Susan Fisher Sterllng, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, discussed “Creative Revolutionaries and Visionaries.” Sterling’s lecture highlighted key historical works in the Women’s Museum’s collection and made the case for the continuing need for a museum solely dedicated to the contributions of women artists. Founded 25 years ago by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, the core collection has now grown to over 3000 works by 1000 artists.

 

Tuesday, 1 May 2012 – 10 am – noon

V&A Silver Collection with Philippa Glanville

V&A Museum

A guided tour of the national collection of silver at the V&A with Phillipa Glanville, MA, FSA. The collection comprises silver from the Middle Ages to the present day. Spectacular silver & gilded masterworks stride down the centre of the neo-Renaissance gallery in handsome walk-around cases, while more modest themed displays line the walls. Social and craft history is generously interpreted, in an unusual display which won an international award when the Galleries were opened in 1996. We focused on silver made by and for women in the 18th C, and also examine a temporary exhibit which includes examples of contemporary work by British artist-makers .

Our expert and host, Philippa Glanville, devised the displays, which opened in 1996. Keeper of Metalwork at the V&A from 1989 to 1999, she is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths & has written widely on material and culture, from Silver in England to the Art of Drink. Her links with the NMWA go back to the early years of The Museum; she co-authored with Jennifer Goldsborough, Women Silversmiths 1697 -1843.

 

Thursday, 26 April 2012, 5:00 pm

Lisa Ruyter: Pre-Preview with the Artist

Alan Cristea Gallery

Special private view of Lisa Ruyter’s solo exhibition ‘Let us Now Praise Famous Men’ on Thursday 26 April at 5pm in the presence of the artist. American-born painter Lisa Ruyter has made a series of paintings based on the landmark documentary photographs of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, etc. now held at the Library of Congress. The official private view opened at 6pm. Lisa Ruyter was in conversation with the writer and critic Michael Bracewell, at 6.30pm.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012    -10 am – noon

West End Gallery Tour

Meet: Thomas Dane,

With so many fabulous women showing in the West End, we could not resist arranging a fast-paced morning touring (with curator talks at each): Lynda Benglis at Thomas Dane Day-glo sculptures in foam, latex, plaster or aluminum, poured onto the floor or installed on plinths and walls. Joan Mitchell at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Piccadilly The vibrant, large-scale canvasses of the late American Abstract Expressionist, Joan Mitchell, created during the last decade of her life, mark a distinct departure from her more sombre works of the early 1960s Mary Heilmann at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Savile Row, South Gallery Heilmann presents a large group of new paintings, ceramic sculpture, and her distinctive furniture, all coming together as a vibrant retelling of the artist’s ongoing life story. (If we have time) Sarah Lucas at Sadie Coles Sculpture incorporating Lucas’ signature use of everyday materials such as concrete, underwear, and found domestic objects. The work overlays an emblematic representation of the body with reference to ancient myth.

Monday, 19 March 2012 –  10 am – noon

The Fleming Collection Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, a Scottish artist in St. Ives

A curator led tour of the Centenary exhibition of this Scottish artist who made her reputation as “one of Britain’s most senior abstract painters” and also provided a link between Scotland and St Ives. Her work flourished in the stimulating and exciting artists’ colony that was St Ives in the 40’s. We also saw highlights of the permanent collection.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Silver Vaults: Guided Tour

53-64 Chancery Lane

Guided tour of the Silver Vaults. We began with a visit to Koopman Rare Art which is on street level, on the left of the entrance, where we were given an overview and shown silver pieces including some by women silversmiths. We then went down into the vaults where our next stop focused on the history of the vaults. Final stop looked at silver by Hester Bateman, a renowned 18th C silversmith. We then explored the many shops until closing at around 5.30 pm.

 

Thursday, 2 February 2012, 10 am to 5 pm

Silver by Women

London West Bank Gallery, W11 133-137 Westbourne Grove London, W11 2RS

A curated showcase of female contemporary silver makers, celebrating NMWA’s 25th Anniversary. With special talks: 11 am: Ndidi Ekubia “Traditional Silversmithing Techniques” and 2 pm: Kathryn Hinton “The Craft of Digital Tooling.”

Thursday, 26 January 2012, 11:30

Probst, So and East End Gallery Tour

50-58 Vyner Street, London E2 9DQ

Guided tour of Barbra Probst at Wilkinson Gallery, buffet lunch at Kate MacGarry with artist Renee So followed by an East End gallery tour.

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2011

Thursday, 1 December 2011 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Guided Visit: The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons

National Portrait Gallery

This is the first exhibition to use feminine portraiture to explore the vibrant relationship between eighteenth-century art and theatre. Before Charles II, women were not allowed to act in public theatre. But from the early 18th century, women performers were increasingly in demand and feeding a growing market for portraits, biographies and gossip, all essential ingredients of what we now describe as “celebrity culture.” Attempts were made at the same time to raise the profile of British art, which included the founding of the Royal Academy of Art. A close relationship developed between the fine arts and the theatre and exhibitions at the RA often included large scale portraits of successful women actresses. These ambitious portraits pulled in the crowds and acted as forms of advertising for both the theatre and the art exhibition. www.npg.org.uk

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 11:00 am

Guided Tour of Women Sculptors at Victoria and Albert Museum

A guided tour of Women Sculptors represented throughout the V and A Museum. The tour will be led by Dr. Amy Mechowski, a specialist on women artists and sculptors. We could view rarely exhibited wax sculptures by women artists and learn about women wax modellers in the 19th century.

 

Monday, 28 November 2011 at  5 pm

Commissioning Art: A Talk on the Process

The Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5BD

Afternoon tea with The Federation of British Artists fine arts consultants and a talk about the commissioning process at the The New English Arts Club: 125th Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Historically, the NEAC was an important outlet for women artists to exhibit their work alongside and at the same level as men, with many prominent members such as Margaret Preston, Clare Atwood and Mary Sargant Florence – also part of the Suffragette movement. The tradition continues today with many prominent female members, such as artists Daphne Todd (winner of the BP Portrait Prize 2010), Sue Ryder, who has painted the Queen, Jane Bond and Charlotte Halliday.

The afternoon gave people a chance to see the exhibition, find out and ask questions about the process of commissioning art, and meet Jane Bond, one of the exhibiting female artists who provided the artist’s perspective on the commissioning experience. Jane is a member of both the NEAC and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and has painted eminent figures such as Betty Boothroyd and Vivian Duffield. www.mallgalleries.org.uk

 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Preview: The Future Queen of the Screen, Helen Carmel Benigson

Preview of Exhibition with live performances and curator talk Rollo Contemporary Art

Friends of NMWA, UK wasinvited to an exclusive pre-preview and performance event celebrating the latest exhibition by Vogue’s “Hot New Performer”, Helen Carmel Benigson! The Future Queen of the Screen, will present Benigson’s latest body of video and photographic works. Benigson transformed the gallery space into a poker lounge. From 5 pm, there was a live poker performance by Princess Belsize Dollar followed by a curator talk and another live performance and the opportunity to meet and talk to the artist. At 6 pm, the private view opened to the general public and Friends NMWA guests were welcome to stay for additional performances and refreshments. www.rolloart.com

 

Friday, 14 October 2011, noon

Frieze Art Fair: Guided Tour with Alistair Hicks

Meet at Deutsche Bank Private Entrance, Regent’s Park Subscribers Only

A guided tour of Frieze with Alistair Hicks, Art Advisor to Deutsche Bank, prime sponsor of Frieze and owner of one of the world’s largest and most important contemporary art collections. The tour focued on highlights of the fair and included works by women artists. For general information about Frieze please refer to http://www.friezeartfair.com/.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Day Trip to Pallant House and the CASS Foundation

A fabulous day combining these two wonderful collections near Chichester: Pallant House: Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Masterpieces from The Gelman Collection with a talk and curator led tour of this exciting exhibition. The two most famous artists from Mexico; the exhibition brings together works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera for the first time in the UK. CASS Foundation: British Sculpture in the 21st century An introductory talk on the collection followed by a curator led tour of the sculpture park

 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Visit to Private Collection – Contemporary Photography

Supporting Subscribers only

Supporting Subscribers were invited to visit a private collection of contemporary photography including many women artists such as Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Annie Liebowitz and Candida Hofer.

 

Thursday, 15 September 2011 at 6 pm

Curator led Tour of Hiscox Corporate Art Collection Subscribers only

A rare opportunity to visit this corporate art collection focused on uncovering and encouraging emerging artists, featuring women including Sophie Calle, Susan Derges, Sarah Lucas, Polly Morgan, Cornelia Parker and Elizabeth Neel.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011 at 11 a.m.

Women War Artists at Imperial War Museum

A tour by curator Kathleen Palmer of Women War Artists, which explored through art the experiences of women in wartime from the First World War to the present day.

Kathleen Palmer, Head of Art in the Department of Collections at the Imperial War Museum has curated a new and important exhibition, Women War Artists which in her words “seeks to redress the tendency to see conflict through the eyes of men. It explores the experiences of women in wartime from the First World War to the present day and features art by figures from Dame Laura Knight, who painted the Nuremberg Trials, to Turner Prize nominee Mona Hatoum.”

Tuesday, 28th June 2011 at 10:00 am

Tracey Emin – Love is What You Want

Visit with Ralph Rugoff, Director Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre London SE1 8 XX

Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery, guided us through this major survey of works by Tracey Emin, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Covering every period of her career, the exhibition features painting, drawing, photography, textiles, video and sculpture. Seldom-seen and early works and recent large-scale installations are shown together with new outdoor sculptures created especially for the Hayward Gallery.

 

Tuesday, 21st June

Day Trip to Yorkshire Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A fabulous day trip to Yorkshire including a curator led tour to Hepworth Wakefield, Chipperfield designed museum which opened 21st May. A highlight of the displays will be an unknown and unique collection of forty sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, gifted by the Hepworth Estate, as well as works by many of her contemporaries, and contemporary work by Rebecca Birch and Eva Rothschild. We also visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with a curator-led tour of the current exhibitions. We saw many sculptural works by women (including More Hepworth), and current exhibitions featuring a film by Shirin Neshat, work by Rebecca Chesney, and installation by Mel Brimfield.

 

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, Self-Portrait with Red Hat, 1938,
oil on canvas, 51 x 36 cm, ©The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust

Friday 27 May 2011 at 3:30- 6:40 pm

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Friends of NMWA, UK were invited to attend a seminar to mark the publication of the catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, Austrian-born artist who resided in Britain after 1939. The seminar explored Motesiczky’s relationship to the artistic and literary exile milieu in London, her quest for self- expression, as well as conveying the state of research in progress. Speakers include Friends of NMWA Advisory Council Member, Jill Lloyd.

For more information visit: www.courtauld.ac.uk This event was organised by The Courtauld Institute of Art, Research Forum with the generous support of The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

Wednesday 25th May 2011 

Visit to Kate Malone’s Studio

Kate Malone is a ceramicist (trained at Bristol Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art) concerned with strongly sculptural organic forms. Her pots take on the forms of vessels and although her works look as though they should function, that is not their prime motivation. Malone sees herself as a ‘maker of decorative objects’ In Malone’s words – ‘I aim to be at the same time both very serious and quite silly, simple and clever, adult and child. My aim to broadcast a sense of optimism through my work, to touch the emotions, the pleasure buttons of the spirit, and chase an instinctive use of positive symbolism. I work in three areas; large-scale public projects, one of a kind ceramics and playful smaller pieces.

After a talk by Malone in her studio, Malon lead us over for a self-treat lunch at the Geffrye Museum before a tour. The Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day. The fountain in the walled herb garden was designed by ceramicist Kate Malone. A Geffrye curator introduced the Museum and we were free to explore at our own pace.

 

Wednesday 18th May 2011

Day Trip to Charleston House Bloomsbury In Sussex

In 1915, Charleston House became the home of Bloomsbury painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and their unconventional household. We attended a guided tour of the house which was transformed by the artists who painted walls and furniture, and filled rooms with textiles, ceramics, and works of art from their collection. Charleston provided a country retreat for the Bloomsbury set – Virginia Woolf, EM Forster and Maynard Keynes were frequent guests and the house was a centre for creativity and style for over 60 years.

After touring the Charleston Farmhouse there was time to wander in the garden and shop before a light lunch (at own cost) in Berwick Village. At 3 pm we made our way to Berwick Church for a guided tour of the colourful murals of the Annunciation, the Nativity and Crucifixion painted by Duncan Grant and others using their children and friends as models.

 

Thursday 24th March 2011 , 9:00 am

Susan Hiller  Pre-opening hours private tour with curator Ann Gallagher

Tate Britain Meet at Manton Entrance in Atterbury Street London SW1P 4RG

An exciting opportunity to visit this major survey exhibition of the work of Susan Hiller, American born artist who has been working in Britain for over 30 years. We were honoured that Ann Gallagher, Head of Collections (British Art), led us through Hiller’s key works, from assembled postcard images made in the 1970s to her pioneering mixed-media installations and video projections. The exhibition focused on Hiller’s interest in the subconscious or unconscious mind, whether in the form of dreams and memories or as supernatural or visionary experiences.

For extra insights, please read: The Telegraph “the moral beauty I find in these works sends a shiver down my spine” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/8311816/Susan-Hiller-at-Tate-Britain-hidden-voices-lost-worlds.html

Or The Independent “poignant, terrifying” http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/reviews/susan-hiller-tate-britain-london-2205528.html

Supporting Subscribers Only.

 

Monday, 14th March 2011 at 11:00 am

Nancy Spero Exhibition visit with curator Sophie O’Brien Serpentine Gallery

The Serpentine Gallery presents an exhibition of the celebrated American artist Nancy Spero, the first major presentation following her death in autumn 2009. Nancy Spero has been initiated by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, (presented from 13 October 2010 to 10 January 2011), and adapted for the Serpentine Gallery. Artist and activist Nancy Spero (1926–2009) was a leading pioneer of feminist art. During her 50-year career, she created a vibrant visual language constructed from the histories and mythologies of past and present cultures. Spero rejected the dominant post-war movements of formalist Abstraction and Pop Art in the 1950s, developing a more ephemeral way of working that used paper and collage, gouache and printmaking. Over her lifetime, Spero’s practice grew increasingly collaborative, reflecting both her involvement in the politics of the Women’s Movement as well as the progressive physical difficulties she faced as a sufferer of chronic arthritis. During her life she remained politically active and was a founding member of the first women’s cooperative gallery, A.I.R. (Artists in Residence), in New York. In her late work, Spero drew upon a broad range of visual sources – from Etruscan frescos to fashion magazines – to create a figurative lexicon representing women from pre-history to the present.

 

Wednesday 2nd March, 2.00 pm

Guided visit to the Foundling Hospital Museum and self viewing of temporary exhibition Threads of Feeling

40 Brunswick Square City of London WC1N 1AZ

When the Foundling Hospital was opened in 1741 more than half the babies born in London died. Parents of poor or illegitimate children had the choice of leaving them at the parish poorhouses or the workhouse where the mortality rate was more than 90%. Captain Thomas Coram, a philanthropist, was appalled at this state of affairs and established the Foundling Hospital to take in and care for some of these unfortunate children. He was helped by the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel.

The Coram Foundation houses a remarkable collection of art, period interiors and social history. The Foundling Hospital Museum is currently showing Threads of Feeling, a collection of fragments of 18th and 19th textiles which mothers left with their babies in the forlorn hope of identifying them at a later stage. The information that accompanies the swatches of material is very often heartbreaking and illuminates the hardships that many women had to suffer.

Thursday 3 February 2011 at 6:30-7:30 pm

Forgotten Voices

Handel House 25 Brook Street W1K 4HB

Friends of NMWA UK obtained a limited number of tickets for this concert of duets and arias by forgotten female composers of the Baroque era, centring around works of Barbara Strozzi and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Performed by En Travesti Ensemble who explore gender representation, identity and ambiguity in opera, song and oratorio.

Thursday, 3 February 2011, 10:30 to noon Curator led visit

Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern Drawings from the British Museum

And to the Study Room The British Museum Great Russell Street

The Department of Prints and Drawings contains the national collection of Western prints and drawings, in the same way as the National Gallery and Tate hold the national collection of paintings. It is one of the top three collections of its kind in the world. There are approximately 50,000 drawings and over two million prints dating from the beginning of the fifteenth century up to the present day.

Frances Carey guided us through Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern Drawings from the British Museum Collection. Collected over the past 35 years, this exhibition showcases many of the great artists of the 20th century, starting with Picasso’s study for his masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, the painting that shook the art world in 1907. The exhibition also includes works by the following artists: Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Jay DeFeo, Dorothy Dehner, Linda Karshan, Julie Mehretu, Judy Pfaff, Edda Renouf and Kiki Smith.

Then we visited the Study Room and looked at some of the works on paper by women artists in the collection including Maria Cosway Angelica Kaufmann, Mary Cassatt, Deanna Petherbridge, Gwen John, Bridget Riley, Linda Karshan and 1995 works by Tracey Emin.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 at 10:45 am

Behind-the-scenes in Textiles

Subscriber Only Event

Curator led Tour Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert textile storerooms contain a treasure trove of historical textiles and fashion. Guided by Eleri Lynn, Assistant Curator of The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 and Curator of the forthcoming Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion, we saw designs by the Grand Couturiers of the 20th century including Dior, Chanel and Givenchy. Due to the small size of the storerooms, the tour is strictly limited to 15 subscribers.

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2010

Tuesday, 16 November 2010, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Private View and Curator’s Talk Frink at 80

Mumford Fine Art 12 D’Arblay Street London W1F 8DU

A private evening viewing and curator’s talk during the Frink at 80 exhibition, celebrating the life and work of renowned 20th Century British artist Dame Elisabeth Frink, CH RA (1930-1993). As the gallery works on behalf of the Elisabeth Frink Estate, Gallery Director Susan Johnson Mumford – also Founder of the Association of Women Art Dealers – continually works to promote Frink’s profile as a major 20th Century woman artist.

Elisabeth Frink was one of Britain’s most remarkable and accordingly well-renowned twentieth-century artists. A prolific and driven artist, her pieces were highly sought after from the beginning, starting with the Tate’s purchase of Bird (1952) when she was still an undergraduate student at Chelsea College of Art, London (1949-53)

Frink at 80 takes place for the whole of the month of November 2010, as Lis would have turned 80 years old on the 14th of the month. Mumford’s mission is to bring Frink’s work to wider audiences, both nationally and internationally

For more information: www.mumfordfineart.co.uk

Wednesday, 3rd November 2010  from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Private View, Champagne Reception and Curator’s Talk The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2 Flux ROLLO Contemporary Art 51 Cleveland Street, London W1T 4JH

Friends NMWA UK was invited to join patrons of the Whitechapel Gallery and the Contemporary Circle Patrons of the Royal Academy for a private view of Part 2 of The Body in Women’s Art Now, curated by Philippa Found. <p >The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2: Fluxincludes artwork by Tracey Emin, Cecily Brown, Natalie Djurberg, Tiina Heiska, Sarah Lederman and Helen Carmel Benigson. The exhibition explores the focus in the last decade on the body of the adolescent in art, transgressive bodies, and works that celebrate the uncontrollable and sexual nature of the female body, to reinterpret and disrupt traditional representations of the female body and present a contemporary body of flux, freedom and sexuality.

The exhibition series – showing at ROLLO Contemporary Art, London and traveling to the New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge, home to the largest collection of work by women artists in Europe – forms part of the current climate of exhibitions aiming to review contemporary art from the perspective of women artists – such as elles@centrepompidou at Pompidou Centre, Paris; WACK at MOCA, Los Angeles; and Global Feminisms at Brooklyn Museum, New York – and aims to redress the imbalance of representation of women artists, to highlight their significance and cement their position in the contemporary art world’s consciousness at a time when women artists are still in the minority in public collections and exhibitions, representing only 12% of the entire Tate Modern, London collection and 4% of the MOMA, New York collection.

www.rolloart.com

Wednesday, 20th October 2010 at 7 pm

Katharine Dowson, sculptor, in conversation With Volker Summer Relics of the Mind

GV Art 49 Chiltern Street London W1U 6LY

Friends NMWA UK was invited for a private view and conversation between Volker Summer, professor of evolutionary anthropology at University College, London, and Katharine Dowson about her current exhibition Relics of the Mind, its influences and intentions.

Dowson constructs forms that rely both on transparency and translucency, playing with the opposing qualities of clarity and distortion, with which both cast objects and those seen through lenses may be distinguished. The exhibition takes us on a psychological journey by constructing familiar forms that evoke childhood memories, using unexpected materials that alter their meaning or significance. Dowson reflects on what happens when we hold onto our identity and then let go by “passing on” our dearest possessions.

The exhibition is curated by GV Art and Professor Marina Wallace of Artakt, a member of the Advisory Council of Friends NMWA UK. www.gvart.co.uk

6 October, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Victoria & Albert: Art & Love

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

A talk and curator led private tour of this popular exhibition which was featured on the television by the BBC: ‘Victoria: A Royal Love Story’.

This exhibition is the first ever to focus on Queen Victoria’s enthusiasm for art and which celebrates her delight in collecting and displaying works of art. For Victoria art was an important part of everyday life and a way she expressed her love. Over a third of the objects were commissioned or purchased as gifts.

Queen Victoria was a talented artist herself. Her first drawing lesson took place when she was eight years old and there are several works by her in the exhibition. Music occupied a central place in her life; she had singing lessons from the world famous bass-baritone Louigi Lablache for twenty years and is said to have had a clear soprano voice; she was also an accomplished pianist.

Queen Victoria and Price Albert viewed their roles as patrons of the arts as being part of the public duties of the monarchy. Bringing together more than 400 items from the Royal Collection from paintings to fine china and jewellery this exhibition covers the period from her engagement to Prince Albert in 1839 to his untimely death in 1861. The exhibition challenges the popular view of Victoria – the melancholy widow of 40 years, and reveals her as a passionate and open-minded young woman.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010 at 10:15 am

Ludovica Gioscia – Artist talk plus Tatiana Trouvé at South London Gallery

Meet at the AGENCY 66 Evelyn Street SE8 5DD Nearest Tube: Surrey Quays

Artist Ludovica Gioscia talked to us about her new show Paninaro, a series of works inspired by the consumeristic Paninaro phenomenon in Italy in the 1980’s and reflecting on the ongoing love affair between the arts and mass market pop culture. Gioscia (born 1977, Rome) lives and works in London. In the past year she has had a solo presentation at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and most recently participated in “Murals” at the Fundacio Miro in Barcelona. www.theagencygallery.co.uk www.ludovicagioscia.com

We then headed to the newly-renovated South London Gallery, “a shining gem…One of the most magnificent exhibition spaces I know” (Daily Telegraph). We were met by SLG Director Margot Heller and had a curator-led tour of the Tatiana Trouvé exhibition. Tatiana Trouvé’s work spans drawing, painting and sculpture. Investigating the tension between physical and psychological space, real and imagined architecture, Trouvé plays on the viewer’s role in both physically negotiating her work and in determining its meaning. For her SLG show she presents a new installation created specifically for the main space. In 2007 Trouvé was awarded the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp, an annual award for a young artist working in France.www.southlondongallery.org

 

Wednesday, 22nd September 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Deutsche Bank Art Collection

Winchester House 1 Great Winchester Street London EC2N 2DB

Join us for a private curator-led visit of the art collection in Deutsche Bank’s London office. With over 56,000 works globally, Deutsche Bank owns one of the largest corporate art collections in the world. In London there is an excellent selection of European contemporary art c1960 to the present day.

A senior curator gave an introductory talk to the collection, after which guests had a guided tour around the building. The tour concentrated on the conference areas, receptions and 48 meeting rooms. The art in this building told the recent history of British and German art from Francis Bacon to life after Damien Hirst.

Event reserved for subscribers who have renewed for the 2010-2011 subscription year (plus one guest).

 

Thursday, 2nd September 2010 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Rose Wylie and Savannah Miller in Conversation

Westbourne Grove Church, Ledbury Road, W11

On the occasion of the launch of Twenty8Twelve’s Artist of the Season, we were honoured to have Rose Wylie and Savannah Miller in conversation. Rose Wylie, born 1934, is the UK Representative to Women to Watch 2010 (see ‘Currently at NMWA’ below). Savannah Miller, born 1978, is the designer of fashion line Twenty8Twelve which annually collaborates with a UK artist in its Artist of the Season Programme.

 

Tuesday, 22 June 2010 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Day Trip to Chichester – Pallant House Gallery

Our day started with a visit to the exhibition Surreal Friends at Pallant House Gallery featuring the work of Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna – an English painter, a Spanish painter and a Hungarian photographer. After a welcome by Stefan van Raay, Director of Pallant House Gallery and curator of the exhibition we were given a tour by Guardian journalist Joanna Moorhead, co-curator of the exhibition and great-niece of Leonora Carrington. The exhibition celebrates the friendship of these three women who met in Mexico City in 1943. All three had recently fled war-torn Europe and together they shared memories of Paris, Surrealism, the Spanish Civil War, and the outbreak of World War II. This exhibition represents the first substantial display of Carringon’s work in Britain for 19 years, and the first ever comprehensive showing of works by her friends Varo and Horna in the UK . www.surrealfriends.com and www.pallant.org.uk

After a self-treat lunch in the gallery’s popular Field and Fork restaurant we had a guided tour of the permanent collection of Modern British Art. Pallant House Gallery was created in part due to a generous gift of artworks from Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral from 1955 – 1977. Following the tour of the permanent collection we headed to Chichester Cathedral for a tour to admire the many artworks commissioned by Hussey for the Cathedral.

 

Friday, 21 May 2010, 10 am

Late 19th Century into Bloomsbury at National Portrait Gallery

Curator led tour of the permanent exhibition of the National Portrait Gallery, focusing on the late 19th Century into Bloomsbury, artists and subjects.

 

Friday, 7 May 2010, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Day long visit to Cambridge: including sculptor’s studio, Fitzwilliam Museum, New Hall Art Collection and Kettle’s Yar

First stop: Studio tour and visit with artist, Helaine Blumenfeld. One of the boldest and most diverse artists working today, she has continually experimented with form, producing an extensive body of work which combines a respect for tradition and sculptural values with the breathtaking vitality of the twentieth century. www.helaineblumenfeld.com

12:30: Fitzwilliam Museum to view Maggi Hambling: The Wave and the Sculpture Promenade, including works by Angela Conner and Ann Christopher, members of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Self-host lunch

2:45: Curator led tour of New Hall Art Collection, at Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall) to see collection of contemporary art by women. Collection includes works by Paula Rego, Barbara Hepworth and Maggi Hambling. www.newhall.cam.ac.uk 4:00 Kettle’s Yard, about a 10 minute walk. Visit exhibition. Introductory talk and private after-hours visit to the House. www.kettlesyard.co.uk

5:30 return to London. Arrive London at 18:38 or 19:05 depending on train we catch.

 

Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 9:00 am

Quilts: 1700-2010 at the V&A

Pre-opening private view to this blockbuster exhibition, Quilts: 1700-2010. Curator Sue Prichard talked about the 300 years of quilting history on show. Sue is passionate about her subject: “Quilting has universal appeal and the time is right for a re-evaluation of these traditional techniques and skills.” Earliest examples displayed include a sumptuous silk and velvet bedcover, with an oral narrative that links it to King Charles II’s visit to an Exeter manor house in the late 17th century. Recent examples include works by leading artists such as Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin and commissions for the exhibition by a number of contemporary artists including Sue Stockwell and Caren Garfen. At a time when we are used to high speed communication and instant gratification, Quilts takes us back to an age of slow design. Many of the contemporary artists involved in the exhibition focus on the multi-layering of textiles as a metaphor for our complex modern lives. Sara Impey is taken with the idea that “a narrative imbues every quilt” while the painterly approach of Jo Budd takes us in the direction of large scale colour painting. This exciting exhibition also includes examples of work from inmates at Wandsworth prison (Fine Cell Work) who find solace in the creative process of design and the meditative process of stitching.

 

Thursday, 18 March 2010, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Photo/Video Crawl in the West End: Curator/Gallerist/Artist talks Start: Frith Street Gallery, 17-18 Golden Square, W1F 9JJ

A West End crawl with curator/gallerist/artist talks, to include:

· Jaki Irvine, Seven Folds in Time, a multiscreen installation exploring the relationship between film and music at Frith Street Gallery

· 24:2010, 24 photographers each capturing an hour of New Year’s Day – tour by artist in Golden Square

· Alice Anderson, Time Reversal, installation, including thousands of metres of hair, film, sculptures and photographs, based on fictional childhood memories at Riflemaker. The artist was present to discuss her work.

· Deutsche Börse Prize at the Photographers’ Gallery: three of four shortlisted photographers are women: Anna Fox, Zoe Leonard and Sophie Ristelhueber.

 

Wednesday, 10 March 2010, 9:15 – 10:15

Gillian Ayres at 80, Coffee and Gallerist’s talk Alan Cristea Gallery, 34 Cork Street, W1S 3NU www.alancristea.com

A pre-opening private view and gallerist’s talk, introducing this exhibition showcasing new work by one of Britain’s most respected artists celebrating her 80th birthday.

Broadcaster Andrew Marr described Gillian Ayres as ‘probably the finest abstract painter alive in Britain’. He continued: ‘Ayres has always been obsessively concerned with painting — the unfolding of a self-contained logic, whirling chaos held just in check. In her acid/sweet collisions, the complexity and crampedness, and then the unscrambling, of the canvas, it’s about energy, laid down in colour and transmitted in shockwaves to the viewer’.

Ayres is best known for her vibrant palette and the sheer physicality with which she applies paint to canvas. The works in this exhibition contain many familiar motifs but also represent a marked progression. Each work brims with her usual energy, however these new compositions are more distilled and exude the confidence of a painter at the height of her powers.

Ayres was initially influenced by American Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, but sees her work as part of a European tradition. Gillian Ayres said: ‘Titian, Rubens and Matisse are the greatest painters, unashamedly, of sheer beauty but they also used the medium to the fullest in every sense before or since.’

Wednesday, 3rd March 2010, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Projectspace 176/ Zabludowicz Collection Private Guided Tour

After hours access and a curator guided tour of The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, in which guest curator, Anna-Catharina Gebbers invited us into a salon-style exhibition of selections from the Zabludowicz Collection. Showcasing 200 works, the format emphasises the deliberately overwhelming amount of contemporary works of art including painting, photography, sculpture and video.

Wednesday, 3rd February 2010

Day trip to Liverpool

Day trip to Liverpool with a visit to the exhibition “The Rise of Women Artists” at the Walker Art Museum , led by curator Laura MacCulloch. We also had some time to view the permanent collections at the Walker and visit “Afro Modern – Journeys through the Black Atlantic” at Tate Liverpool with an introduction to the exhibition by co-curator Peter Gorschlüter.

At 3:30 participants were free to choose from the following options:

– a private visit to the Paintings and Works on Paper studios at the Conservation Centre of the National Museums Liverpool with talks by David Abbot and other restoration experts ; – continuing to visit Tate Liverpool (in addition to “Afro Modern” there was a survey exhibition of sculpture from the Tate Collection “This is Sculpture” as well as Mark Rothko’s Seagrams Murals); – exploring Liverpool on your own.

 

Monday 1st February 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Lisa Milroy RA Breakfast Talk

The Arts Club 40 Dover Street London W1S 4NP

Lisa Milroy RA spoke “in conversation” with Friends of NMWA UK subscriber Susie Allen of Artwise Curators about her experiences as a woman academician, particularly her recent experience on the Council, the governing body of the Royal Academy. This event is part of a series of breakfast talks about the role of women at the Royal Academy . Friends of NMWA , UK has kindly been invited to participate in this series in collaboration with the Contemporary Circle of the Royal Academy.

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2009

Tuesday 8th December 2009 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Women Artists in the West End Gallery Crawl

Meet at Timothy Taylor Gallery 15 Carlos Place London W1K 2EX A visit to the West End Gallery Crawl to see some current shows of great women artists including Bridget Riley, Barbara Kruger, Charlotte Hodes, Elisabeth Frink and a group show including Louise Bourgeois and Lynda Benglis.

 

Tuesday, November 24th at 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Talk and Studio Visit

Eliza Bonham Carter Women at the Royal Academy

Royal Academy of Arts Life Drawing Room Piccadilly, London, W1J0BD Eliza Bonham Carter, Curator of the Royal Academy Schools, discussed the role of women in the Schools historically and in the present.  The talk took place in the atmospheric Life Drawing Room and was followed by a tour of the studios of  current RA Schools students.

This event is part of a series of breakfast talks about the role of women at the Royal Academy.  Friends of NMWA, UK has kindly been invited to participate in this series in collaboration with the Contemporary Circle of the Royal Academy.

 

Tuesday, 17th November 2009 at 6.30  – 8.30 p.m.

Book Launch and Reception Angels of Anarchy & Forbidden Fruit published by Prestel

Authors Patricia Allmer & Christiane Inmann speaking on their latest publications

Boston University, 43  Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4RJ Cited in The  Guardian as one of the Top Ten Things to do in the UK this Autumn and  receiving rave reviews throughout the press, Angels of Anarchy: Women  Artists and Surrealism is currently on display at Manchester Art Gallery.  We were most fortunate to welcome Patricia Allmer, the exhibition’s curator and  editor of the stunning accompanying catalogue to talk to the NMWA.  She  is Research Fellow in Art History at the Manchester Institute for Research and  Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at Manchester Metropolitan University  and has published widely on different aspects of surrealism and art theory.  Angels of Anarchy contains over 100 full colour illustrations of many  rare and never-before-seen works of women Surrealists. It reconsiders the art  historical tradition of women Surrealists and is the most comprehensive study  yet of the artists who contributed so much to this fascinating  movement.

Reading has been a forbidden fruit for women throughout much  of history. Patriarchal societies of all ages kept the knowledge within books  locked away from women. Social, economic and cultural historian Christiane  Inmann has worked for the last twenty years as an international art advisor to  private and institutional art collectors and as a consultant to exhibitions  all over the world. Her painstakingly researched new book Forbidden Fruit:  A History of Women and Books in Art was inspired by her keen interest in  works of art from all ages and her own passion for reading. She divides her  time between Vienna and New York.

Signed and dedicated copies of  these two beautiful art books were on sale at the event at a special  discount price to attendees.

 

Wednesday, 4th November 2009 at 6:30 – 8:00 p

Anne Connell

Artist’s Talk and Private View

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art Riverwide House 6 Mason’s Yard Duke Street St James’s London SW1Y 6BU

www.stephenongpin.com

Anne Connell talked to us about her recent work on display. Anne Connell lives and works in Portland, Oregon, and has exhibited widely in America over the past two decades, but this was her first exhibition in London. She has lived for several years in Italy, and her paintings seem to conduct a conversation with the art of the Renaissance. Her exquisitely rendered fragments of Italian Renaissance paintings reveal both a knowledge of and a fascination with that period’s values, symbols and its conventions of illusion. As The New York Times has noted of her work, ‘Borrowing patterns and fragmentary images from Italian Renaissance painting Connell creates small, lovingly made panel paintings that seem as once antique and post-modern.’ Meticulously and densely composed, Connell’s small paintings invite us to explore and enjoy the details; her work demands, and ultimately rewards, the quiet contemplation of the viewer.

 

Monday, 12th October 2009 at 10:30 am

Curators/Artists Talk:

Young Masters

Sphinx Fine Art 125 Kensington Church Street London W8

A talk by the curators, Beth Colocci and Constance Slaughter (both Friends of NMWA UK subscribers) and two of the 13 female artists showing in Young Masters, Charlotte Bracegirdle and Lauren Was.

Young Masters, presented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, features emerging and newly established artists whose work is inspired by Old Masters.  Through painting, photography, sculpture, and installation, each of the artists references an element of the established art historical canon, whilst establishing an undeniably contemporary spin on highly revered paintings.   This ambitious show is in two locations: Sphinx Fine Arts – where work is co-hung with Brueghel, Fragonard and many other Masters – and at the Old Truman Brewery, off Brick Lane.  The show continued through October.  www.young-masters.co.uk

 

Tuesday, 6th October 2009 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Visit to Private Apartment and Chapel in Kensington Palace

Exclusive visit and an opportunity to purchase fabulous silk flower arrangements to benefit Friends of NMWA, UK.  Our hostess, wife of the Deputy Head of the Queen’s Household, makes silk flower arrangements which were on sale in time for Christmas presents, etc.  In addition to seeing her grace and favour apartment, we also visited the private chapel which is for the use of Kensington Palace residents.  Numbers are strictly limited and we can only reserve places upon receipt of payment.

 

Monday, 5th October 2009 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Subscribers’ Reception

For subscribers and their guests only

A social occasion to meet the Trustees, Working Committee and fellow subscribers and to hear about our exciting program for the forthcoming year.

 

Thursday, 1st October 2009 at 9:30 am

Breakfast Talk

Kathleen Soriano Women at the Royal Academy

Royal Academy of Arts Piccadilly, London, W1J0BD It is the first of a series of breakfast talks examining the role of women at the Royal Academy and in the art world at large, Kathleen Soriano spoke about the consideration of women artists in the curatorial process, her experiences working in the art world, and her role as a member of the Steering Group of the Women Leaders in Museums Network.

Kathleen is Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy.  She has previously held roles as Director of Compton Verney, and Head of Exhibitions and Collection Management at the National Portrait Gallery.

Friends of NMWA, UK has kindly been invited to participate in this series organized by the Contemporary Patrons Group of the Royal Academy.

 

Tuesday, 22nd September 2009 at 10:30 am

Sadie Murdoch – Artist’s Talk at The Agency

followed by

Hannah Rickards – winner of the Max Mara Prize for Women Curator’s Talk

Whitechapel Gallery www.theagency.co.uk/ www.whitechapelgallery.org

 

Sadie Murdoch talked to us about her new series of photographs derived from a costume – “The Electric Fairy” – worn by Josephine Baker, muse and lover for several modernist artists and architects.  This series is a development of a number of previous works that elaborate the contradictions and complexities of modernism and often focus on the “forgotten” women of Modernism. In these “elegant, mesmerising and large scale photographs Murdoch takes her cue from early 20th century culture and transforms historical references with her own unique and performative language.”  Sadie Murdoch, who completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York in 2004, presented a solo project at the Henry  Moore Institute in 2007 and exhibited in the Incheon International Women’s Biennale in South Korea in 2008.

We did then visit the MaxMara Art Prize for Women exhibition at Whitechapel with curator Bina von Stauffenberg.  The MaxMara Art Prize for Women is a biennial award recognising the achievements of a UK-based artist who has not yet had a major solo exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the work of 2007–09 award winner, Hannah Rickards. The exhibition, entitled “No, there was no red,” premieres a new screen-based work based on spoken accounts of the image of a city seen over Lake Michigan, the result of rare temperature inversion mirages.

 

Tuesday, 15th September   2009 6:30 for 7:00 p.m.

Women to Watch : The Figure Re-Figured Reception and Panel Discussion

Exhibition September 14th to 17th Christie’s King Street North Room St. James, London SW1Y 6QT A reception offered the chance to meet the artists and hear a thought-provoking panel discussion on the role of the figure in painting today. The panel was moderated by independent curator and Friends of NMWA UK Trustee Sarah Elson and our distinguished panelists were:

Cornelia Grassi, Director, greengrassi

Alison Greene, Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Francis Outred, International Director and European Head of Post-war and Contemporary Art

Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery Kathryn Wat, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and Ilene Gutman, Deputy Director of   NMWA, joined us from Washington D.C.  The five artists shortlisted for the Women to Watch exhibition to be held at NMWA in Washington in 2010 were:  Anna Bjerger, Kaye Donachie, Chantal Joffe, Veronica Smirnoff and Rose Wylie. The finalist selected to have her work exhibited in Washington in July 2010 is Rose Wylie. (For more information, see Women to Watch)

Women to Watch  is a biennial exhibition developed by NMWA Washington in partnership with its national and international committees and features emerging and underrepresented women artists. Each committee works closely with museum and gallery curators to nominate five contemporary artists in a defined medium for consideration. This year Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator at Tate Modern, assisted the committee in its selection process.

The proceeds from this reception and panel discussion are going towards the transport and hanging costs of the UK finalist’s work being exhibited  at NMWA in Washington, D.C. in 2010.

 

Wednesday, 9th September 2009 4:00 – 6:00pm

Curator-led Visit

Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshop

The Courtauld Institute of Art Somerset House Strand, London WC2R 0R

The exhibition Beyond Bloomsbury “unites the Courtauld’s collection of Omega working drawings with the finest examples of the Workshop’s printed fabrics, Cubist inspired rugs and splendidly painted textiles, as well as ceramics and furniture to explore the Omega Workshop’s radical approach to modern design.”  Especially interesting for Friends of NMWA are Winifred Gill’s prints and toy designs. The display presents rarely seen works on paper by Winifred Gill (1891-1981), the unsung heroine of the Omega Workshops.

Other women artists including Vanessa Bell will also be represented.

Dr. Alexandra Gerstein, Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Courtauld and curator of this exhibition toured the works on show, paying special attention to women artists.  The tour followed by a glass of wine when we heard more about the academic side of the Courtauld Institute.

 

Monday, 1st June 2009 at 6:00 pm

Susan Derges in conversation with Martin Barnes Pre-Opening Private View and reception

Purdy Hicks Gallery 65 Hopton Street Bankside, London SE1 9GZ www.purdyhicks.com

Susan Derges, Equinox, 2008, unique ilfochrome print

An exclusive preview of work by critically-acclaimed photographer Susan Derges.  Susan  was a finalist for the Prix Pictet photography prize in 2008 and she is to be included in a major show of camera-less photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010.   “Susan is best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the continuous movement of water by immersing photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines.  Her practice reflects the work of the earliest pioneers of photography but is also very contemporary in its awareness of environmental issues and the complexity of its conceptual meanings.”  Susan is presenting a new body of work at Purdy Hicks and will be in conversation with Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The exhibition is open from June 3rd to July 4th.

Tuesday, 12th May 2009 at 10:30 am

Alice Neel – Works on Paper at Victoria Miro Gallery Isa Genzken: Open, Sesame! at Whitechapel Art Gallery

Meet at Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW www.victoria-miro.com www.whitechapelgallery.org

 

Guided visit of this first exhibition of works on paper in the UK by the acclaimed figurative painter Alice Neel.   “Renowned for her portraits of friends, family, acquaintances, fellow artists and critics….Neel’s pencil, ink and gouache compositions from the 1930s – 1960s reveal a distinct practice counterpart to her paintings in the verity of their stark graphic forms and delineations.”  We were also taken through the gallery’s private viewing rooms to see other works of art by women, including numerous works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.  Kusama, who  first came to prominence in the 1960s, continues to produce a significant body of work more than four decades on, instantly recognisable for her signature use of obsessively repeated forms. We then visited the newly-renovated Whitechapel Art Gallery to view the exhibition of Isa Genzken.  This is “the first retrospective of a major European artist whose fusion of photography, paint, architecture and found objects into the realm of sculpture has influenced generations of younger artists.” Isa Genzken represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2007.

 

Friday, 8th May 2009 at 9:15 am

Flora and Fauna: Drawings by Maria Sybilla Merian and her Daughters

British Museum, Prints and Drawings Gallery Private visit before museum opening hours with the curator Giulia Bartrum.

 

Friday, 24th April 2009, 6:30 pm

The UK preview of Transformations : A Portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian.

The British Museum.  BP Lecture Theatre Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

Plate 2 (from “Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam “) 1719 Bound volume of seventy-two hand-coloured engravings (second edition), Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay: NMWA In conjunction with Flare Films, Friends of NMWA UK presented a documentary film about the extraordinary life of Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th century artist, scientist, natural historian, entrepreneur, adventurer, explorer, publisher, mother and grandmother. Her superbly rendered drawings of plants and insects documented metamorphosis and helped to lay the foundation for modern day biological science. In her fifties, she made the arduous journey across the Atlantic into the interior of Surinam to study its animals, insects and plants.  Her Surinam Journal was part of the founding collection of the British Museum.  Her work was also recently featured in the exhibit “Amazing Rare Things” at The Queen’s Gallery. Following the film, the film’s producers joined us for a reception.

 

Thursday, 19th March 2009 – 9.30

Private Collection Visit

London SW1

SUBSCRIBERS ONLY Friends of NMWA, UK have been invited to visit an important contemporary art collection featuring several female artists, including Rebecca Stevenson, Veronica Smirnoff and Cathy de Monchaux.  Some of the artists may be in attendance.

The Contemporary Art Society is the national non-profit agency that supports contemporary artists through the promotion of collecting and commissioning by individuals and public and private bodies across the UK. www.contempart.org.uk

Monday, 9th March 2009 – 8.30pm The Friends of NMWA UK invite you to attend the London Premiere of

The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins

Director: Pietra Brettkelly Featuring: Vanessa Beecroft ICA Cinema 1 As part of the Birds Eye View Women’s Film Festival which takes place in London each year, this award winning film, directed by Pietra Brettkelly, follows internationally acclaimed New York conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft’s attempt to adopt orphaned Sudanese twins, Madit and Mongor Akot, and how this impacts her art and her personal life. “Brutally honest, remarkably self-critical” (LA Times), the film expertly reveals her creative process, struggle with depression, volatile relationship with her husband, and her love for the twins.  “Pietra Brettkelly’s enigmatic rendering is not a straightforward artist’s profile, political commentary or domestic drama but a poetic fusion of the three” (Variety). Birds Eye View celebrates international women filmmakers with its fifth London film festival from 5-13 March.  www.birds-eye-view.co.uk

 

19th – 22nd February  2009

20/21 International Art Fair

Royal College of Art Kensington Gore, SW7

Vernissage gallery has offered Friends of NMWA, UK free entry tickets (admit two) to the 20/21 International Art Fair, a fair featuring modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present. www.20-21intartfair.com

 

Tuesday, 10th February 2009 – 10:30 am

A Private Tour of Between the Covers The Women’s Library

London Metropolitan University Old Castle Street London E1 7NT Gail Cameron, the Curator and Director of The Woman’s Library, lead a tour of the exhibition Between the Covers, a look at women’s magazines and their readers from the 18th century to the present day. Ms. Cameron also provided insights into the library itself, and its role in documenting and exploring women’s lives in Britain, past, present and future. The library houses the most extensive resource for women’s history in the UK, and contains a section on British Women Artists. www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary

 

Tuesday, 3rd February 2009 – 6:00 pm 

Margaret Michel and Claire Morgan at Rollo Contemporary Art plus Simon Gillespie Studio – Conservation and Restoration

51 Cleveland Street London W1T 4JH A talk by Rollo Contemporary Art Director Philippa Found about the show of kinetic works by American artist Margaret Michel and sculpture installations from award winning British artist Claire Morgan. Then a visit to the adjacent studio of art restorer Simon Gillespie for a fascinating presentation on restoration and conservation of both historical and modern/contemporary art.