- Kate Westbrook @ Town Mill Arts
5 May – 22 May
Following in the traditions of classical fine art, and inspired by Gainsborough’s watercolour study, Kate Westbrook explores the myth of Diana and Actaeon. Written by the Roman poet Ovid and found within the collected works entitled Metamorphoses, the myth describes the fatal encounter between the hunter Actaeon and the goddess Diana. Enraged that a mortal has seen her bathing naked, Diana splashes water upon Actaeon, who transforms into a deer and is subsequently killed by his own dogs. Westbrook’s Diana and Actaeon are placed in the landscape of Dartmoor, an enthralling and inexhaustible subject she has been enjoying for a number of decades.
- Miroslava Vecerova @ Czech Centre, London
26 March – 24 May
For their new exhibition, Czech artists Miroslava Večeřová and Pavel Příkaský transform the gallery space of Czech Centre London into a stage that is simultaneously both, an art installation and a site of performance. With the title of the exhibition referring to the capacity of a sign, image or word to have more than one meaning, this latest collaboration presents a creative dialogue of the artists through combinations of painting, performance, video and site specific installation. Adopting the visual language and commercial tropes of high street medical providers, The Polysemy installation takes its form from a new collaborative video work, Inner Monologue (2016) which was shot partly within a doctor’s surgery. The installation weaves together large scale, microscopic photographic images with sculptural interventions in the gallery space, abstract painting with video work and perhaps most mysteriously a huge image of a woman about to undertake an MRI scan.
- Byzantia Harlow @ Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix
6 April – 24 May
The exhibition From the Same Source I have not Taken, centres around faith, trust, coercion and the gap between real experience and artificial effect, and whether the constructed collective experience can be as meaningful as a genuine encounter.
- Sarah Cain @ Timothy Taylor Gallery
18 April – 25 May
Wild Flower, is a solo exhibition of new works by LA-based artist Sarah Cain. A self-proclaimed “renegade”, Sarah pushes the limits of the language of abstraction, and challenges the established conventions of painting by incorporating quotidian and poetic ephemera into her paintings. Her paintings extend into three dimensional space through the addition of sea shells, chains, tassels, and objects, which also relates to another trajectory of her practice, where site-specific paintings sprawl across walls, ceilings and floors. Wild Flower will showcase a suite of 10 new paintings, as well as the interventions of a stained glass panel inserted into a central window, and a large painting made on site across the back wall of the main gallery space.
- Jan Roe @ Pavilion Dance South West
31 January – 25 May
“I have been artist in residence with various dance companies since 2015". "The works on exhibition Lines of Action are poster storyboard and drawings from these experiences. In the act of drawing I try to live the force of the dancers moment. I call this 'drawing the verb, the line of action'. Only afterwards when the drawings can be laid out on the floor is when one discovers the story of this process. Looking forward to seeing more development...” Jan Roe
- Jo Naden @ MOMA Machynlleth
24 March – 26 May
Landscape and our relationship to it, both individually and through our collective history is the basis of Jo Naden' s practice. Inspired by the rugged stoney quality of the interior of the Sculpture Space and its location on the western seaboard of Wales, itself a landscape abundant with evidence of our own prehistory, Jo has created a new work, The Sands of Time, especially for the space. Shown alongside this are her small-scale sculptures.
- Nicky Hirst @ Domoball
20 April – 26 May
“Somewhere within the terrain of these coupled quotes is where these works inhabit. Elementals are visually paired images. They started life elsewhere, from another source. They are second hand, borrowed from magazines and books. The found images are my medium and once removed from their original context they become forms and colours to work with. Each image becomes an element that has the potential to be paired with another element. I feel the shapes of the diptych rather than think them. The limitless photographic pairings create new unspoken narratives, each with its own internal logic such as similarity, difference, scale, poetry, chance and humour.” Nicky Hirst (2018)
- Ellen Hyllemose & Olivia Bax @ Fold Gallery
26 April – 26 May
Surface Matters is a two-person show of sculpture by Danish artist Ellen Hyllemose and British artist Olivia Bax. This exhibition is based on the gallery’s curatorial decision to present exhibitions where two artists present three large-scale works that operate in concise dialogue within the gallery. Olivia Bax is interested in the balance between planning and spontaneous making, between mass and detail. Her work considers how we view sculpture in relation to our wider built environment. Whilst Ellen Hyllemose present sculptures that are about surface as well as external and internal space. The fabric surface is worked in and on, from behind and through.
- Claerwen James @ Flowers Gallery
16 May – 26 May
An exhibition of new work by British figurative painter Claerwen James. Quietly enigmatic, James’ paintings of youthful female subjects are not portraits in the usual sense of the word. Painting from photographs, she frequently works with anonymous images, scouring car boot sales and junk shops for magazines and film stills, alongside her own photographed images and family pictures.
- Karen Klimnik @ Spruth Magers
13 May – 26 May
Karen Kilimnik’s latest exhibition brings together works from across four decades in her career as one of the most important representatives of figurative painting, sculpture and installation. Included in the exhibition is an early example of her sculptures, as well as early drawings, and more recent paintings and prints in her delightful and darkly humorous style. Kilimnik’s diverse practice is recognised for activating relationships between the traditions of culture and art history. Frequently, she combines figures and motifs from art history and collective memory – ballerinas, aristocracy, the Second World War – with cultural references to music, media and film.
- Hen Coleman @ Candida Stevens Gallery
28 April – 26 May
Hen Coleman’s intricate and highly worked drawings, dripping and dappled in colour, can be seen in this exhibition Yonder. It is a beautiful, reflective body of work that breathes and beats nature’s rhythms. Landscape is central to Hen Coleman's work, with a significant influence being her childhood in Venezuela, living between oil camps on the shores of Lake Maracaibo and the valley city of Caracas. “We lived in a sort of contained wilderness, free but always with the sense of looking out at the world. An expat life is by nature a life in exile”. The exhibition is an expression of her life in those surroundings.
- Shani Rhys James @ Connaught Brown
20 April – 26 May
This Constant State, is an exhibition of new paintings by Shani Rhys James, which challenges the cyclical and relentless passage of life. In this latest body of work Rhys James continues to explore the transience of being; contrasting her early iconic painting of a child’s cot (for which she earned the Jerwood Prize in 2003) with startling images of the female figure ravaged by decay. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by Jo Mazelis, Jerwood award winning novelist, poet, photographer and Fellow of The Royal Literary Fund.
- Magali Reus @ South London Gallery
23 March – 27 May
Dutch artist Magali Reus’s first major solo exhibition in London comprises an entirely new body of work, As Mist, Description, framed by architectural interventions designed specifically for the South London Gallery’s main space. Reus creates sculptural forms, often made in series. Her works are subtly suggestive of familiar machines or apparatus whose function and identity remains intentionally ambiguous. At the SLG, a new body of meticulously produced sculptures is presented in spatial chapters and designed to appear in a state of transition – frozen in progress, caught mid-function, or in a state of restoration, ruin or abandonment.
- Cynthia Marcelle @ Modern Art Oxford
10 March – 27 May
The first major UK solo exhibition by Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle , is a newly commissioned site-specific installation, The Family in Disorder. It is accompanied by the premiere of Truth or Dare, a video animation of photographs taken by the artist during a recent residency in South Africa. Together, these works provide an introduction to one of Brazil’s most significant contemporary artists.
- Anghard Williams @ Cell Project Space
13 April – 27 May
Hergest: Nant is a collaborative project by Angharad Williams and Mathis Gasser; this marks their third collaboration within the "Hergest" cycle. The exhibition will take the form of an installation with all new works.
- Dayanita Singh & others @ Barbican Art Gallery
28 February – 27 May
Another Kind of Life follows the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more diverse, complex view of the world, as captured and recorded by photographers. Driven by personal and political motivations, many of the photographers sought to provide an authentic representation of the disenfranchised communities with whom they spent months, years or even decades with, often conspiring with them to construct their own identity through the camera lens. Featuring communities of sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, outlaws, survivalists, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention, the works present the outsider as an agent of change. From street photography to portraiture, vernacular albums to documentary reportage, the show includes the Casa Susanna Collection, Paz Errazuriz, Pieter Hugo, Mary Ellen Mark and Dayanita Singh.
- Rachel Howard @ Newport Street Gallery
21 February – 28 May
An exhibition of Rachel Howard’s series of paintings, ‘Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa’. This body of work was the subject of a 2011 exhibition at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy, curated by Mario Codognato. Commissioned by the Murderme collection and produced between 2005 and 2008, the series takes inspiration from the Stations of the Cross, ‘Via Dolorosa’ being the path taken by Jesus to Mount Calvary. Whilst referencing the long art-historical tradition of depicting the Stations, ‘Repetition is Truth’ also offers a broader commentary on the universality of human rights abuses.
- Serena Korda @ BALTIC
9 February – 28 May
Serena Korda works across performance, sound and sculpture reconsidering aspects of communion and tradition in our lives. Korda is the 2016-17 Norma Lipman & BALTIC Fellow in Ceramic Sculpture at Newcastle University, a two-year residency that culminates in this exhibition, 'Missing Time'. During her fellowship, Korda drew on inspiration from her location and the people she met. She became fascinated by the sound of stars from the dark skies of Northumberland, only audible with specific radio devices, and the pre-radar acoustic sound mirrors dotted along the North East coastline that attempted to detect the sound of enemy planes up until 1919.
- Jasmina Cibic @ BALTIC
9 February – 28 May
Bringing together film, sculpture, performance and installation into multi-layered projects, the core themes of Jasmina Cibic’s practice explore how art, architecture and political rhetoric are deployed and instrumentalised in the name of the nation. In This Machine Builds Nations, Cibic presents a site-specific installation that showcases the three films of her latest Nada trilogy presented for the first time in the UK. Setting and framing the scene, the artist devised chambers where specific architectural components are reconfigured.
- Tacita Dean @ The National Gallery
15 March – 28 May
This exhibition is curated by Tacita Dean, and is guided by her understanding of the genre. Still Life presents a diverse selection of works in a variety of mediums. Works include – a new film diptych made especially for the exhibition, ‘Ideas for a Sculpture in a Setting’, and ‘Prisoner Pair’ (2008,16mm). These works feature alongside works by Dean’s contemporaries.
- Tacita Dean @ National Portrait Gallery
15 March – 28 May
Tacit Dean is an artist who works with many mediums but primarily in film. Dean first came to prominence in the 1990s and is now considered to be one of the most influential artists working today. This major new exhibition, Portrait focuses on portraiture primarily through the medium of 16mm film. The exhibition is the first in the Gallery’s history to be devoted to the medium of film, and also reveals Tacita Dean’s own longstanding and personal interest in portraiture as a genre.
- Rose Wylie @ The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art
29 March – 30 May
As part of History Painting, Rose Wylie presents a cycle of new work about the Mayflower voyage, made between 2015-2017 for this exhibition. These paintings draw on the artist's memories of first learning about the pilgrims as a young child in the 1930s, and reflect on how interpretations of history change across the ages. The works selected for Plymouth (her first exhibition within the South West) focus on Rose’s interests in film, fashion and history and respond to the context of the two galleries, their architecture, location and programmes.
- Chloe Lamb @ Portland Gallery
10 May – 1 June
Chloe Lamb currently lives and works in Hampshire and exhibits regularly in both the U.K and the U.S. This will be her debut exhibition with this Gallery
- Christine McArthur @ Thackeray Gallery
15 May – 1 June
Kitchen Stories and Garden Notes is another collection of extraordinary compositions, by Christine McArthur, taken from her daily life - from Uncle Whittie's Midnight Dream series, to the exuberant ‘El Magnifico’.
- Aimee Parrott @ Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
4 May – 2 June
Blood, Sea, is a solo exhibition of new paintings by British artist Aimée Parrott. In this new body of work, Parrott incorporates sculptural elements within her paintings in order to explore the canvas as a type of barrier. Often puncturing the surface with stitching or padded strips of fabric, the eye teeters between physical elements attached to the front and ethereal washes of ink that recede backwards into the weave of the canvas. Taking Italo Calvino's 1967 short story 'Blood, Sea' as a point of inspiration, this exhibition encompasses Parrott's ongoing fascination with notions of connectivity, skin and internal/external space.
- Mequitta Ahuja @ Tiwani Contemporary
13 April – 2 June
Notations is an exhibition of new works by Mequitta Ahuja. Her work explores the currency of the figure of the artist at work in the history of European and American figurative painting. Merging the roles of artist-maker and subject, her monumental paintings depict the artist engrossed in various stages of her artistic process, often within the clearly defined architectural space of the studio. Demonstrating an interest beyond the medium itself, Ahuja's self-portraits explore multiple modes of representation, including abstraction, text, naturalism, schematic description, graphic flatness and illusion.
- Isabel Nolan @ Bloomberg Space
8 November – 3 June
An inaugural installation, Another View from Nowhen by Dublin-based artist Isabel Nolan, which features two ambitious works that respond to the history of the location: The Barely Perceptible Vibration of Everything, a vibrant, hand-tufted tapestry, and Blind to the Rays of the Returning Sun, a large, open-form, painted-steel sculpture. The composition of The Barely Perceptible Vibration of Everything is based on various geographic and archaeological schematic representations of the ancient Walbrook River which lies beneath the site now occupied by Bloomberg. Making dramatic use of the exhibition space, this soft, expansive tapestry, describes the physical and historical layering of the location as a narrative of cosmic proportions. United by scale, the tapestry and the looming, angular sculpture have a peculiar, colourful kinship. Together they present a physically captivating semblance of the local landscape as though seen from an impossible perspective.
- Tamar Guimaraes @ De La Warr Pavilion
4 March – 3 June
‘I blew on Mr.Greenhill’s main joints with a very ‘hot’ breath’ presents moving image and photographic works from the last ten years, selected in response to the Pavilion’s architecture and social context. Together and separately, Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj explore the residual histories of art, design and architecture, exposing unexpected connections between states of rapture and modernity. Much of their recent work emerged from research undertaken in the small Brazilian town of Palmelo, many of whose inhabitants are Spiritist mediums.
- Ma Qiusha & Shen Xin @ Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)
17 February – 3 June
Two solo shows from Chinese female artists are presented as part of NOW. Female artists have long been marginalised and left at the fringes of Chinese art historical debates and this partnership project addresses this. Artist Ma Qiusha explores the cultural gap between her own and preceding generations. Her exhibition examines themes of personal identity and collective memory, and includes two commissions. Shen Xin’s work addresses power relations, intertwining the personal and the political. Her exhibition features the 'Records of Rites', a poetic inquiry into themes of cultural exchange and nationalism.
- Barbara Hepworth @ River & Rowing Museum
9 February – 3 June
Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form celebrates the work of one of the country’s most renowned sculptors. The exhibition features a unique selection of works on display from collections around the country including Tate, National Portrait Gallery and the Arts Council. It explores the development of Hepworth’s sculpture and her lifelong preoccupation with forms from the 1930s to the 1960s. This will be the first time that works by Hepworth have been exhibited in Henley on Thames. Beginning with the human body and moving from the figurative into the abstracted, the exhibition looks at how Hepworth chooses to interpret the forms around her in her sculptures.
- Sophie Sherwood @ The Snug, Tobacco Factory
11 April – 5 June
Sophie Sherwood is a Bristol based artist, and her latest work, developed over the last year, is about seashells from her home town of Weymouth. Using the digital darkroom, Sherwood opens up the shells’ potential to show that there’s more to these small objects than meets the eye. By using this technique she exposes the hidden universe inside each piece to illustrate how little we know about our oceans. Like outer space, we take these unknown alien places for granted and expect them to harbour our manmade objects without complaint. Sherwood highlights these tiny objects, and provides a space in which the viewer can stop and think about the world they live in and how much there is yet to be discovered.
- Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis & Clare Best @ St Barbe Museum, Lymington
20 April – 10 June
Springlines is a collaborative project between poet Clare Best and painter Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of water across the south of England. For several years Clare and Mary Anne have been working from nature, from memory and imagination and in response to one another’s creativity. Together they have made a body of work that tells the story of the complex and fragile relationship between human life and groundwater. The exhibition features paintings by Mary Anne and poetry by Clare based on their explorations in Sussex, Kent and the New Forest as well as relevant items from the museum’s local collections.
- Diane Arbus @ Burton Art Gallery & Museum
17 March – 11 June
Diane Arbus (1923 - 1971) was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century; this exhibition of photographic portraits show the work of this pioneering New York photographer. Arbus refused to take pictures of her subjects in ways that people wanted to see them. Her bold, direct approach to photography reveals the complexities of human nature and relationships, challenging ideas of gender, beauty and identity.
- Liliane Tomasko @ Blain Southern
28 April – 16 June
Liliane Tomasko presents new paintings for her first exhibition called A dream of. This exhibition title features within the titles of all but one of the works in the show - such as a dream of: Violence Redefined, a dream of: Terrible Beauty and a dream of: Rapture Unleashed. The titles are poetic interpretations of her own dreams. Rather than describe a dream narrative, Tomasko grasps onto the emotions sparked within the subconscious and carried through to a waking reality, painting the vestiges of the dream state in broad patches and fibrous strands of colour.
- Molly Soda @ Annka Kulty's Gallery
10 May – 16 June
Me and My Gurls, is an exhibition of new and recent works by Molly Soda. On view will be a series of aluminium and acrylic prints, videos on TV screens and iPads, printed balloons and a physical archive from a YouTube video’s comment section.
- Linder @ Nottingham Contemporary
24 March – 17 June
The House of Fame is an exhibition conceived by Linder (Linda Mulvey). The presentation is a retrospective of the influential British artist and musician’s work, spanning more than 40 years of photomontage, graphics, costume and performance. Emerging from the Manchester punk and post-punk scenes in the 1970s, Linder focuses on questions of gender, commodity and display. This diverse practice is presented alongside almost 200 works by some 30 artists selected by Linder. Stretching from the 1600s to today, it gathers together the worlds of art and architecture, fashion and theatre, music and design – the exhibition includes works by Inigo Jones, Mike Kelley, Alison and Peter Smithson, Moki Cherry, Ithell Colquhoun and Heidi Bucher, among many others. The House of Fame draws upon Linder’s many sources of influence and wideranging collaborations.
- Caroline Archaintre & others @ Arcade Gallery
16 May – 17 June
A Forest presents a collection of works by Caroline Achaintre, Anna Barham, Chiara Camoni, Sarah Chilvers, Peggy Franck, Anne Hardy - a group of artists represented by the gallery alongside those from the Gallery's wider community of friends and peers. The exhibition follows a similar logic - with an idea that these works spoke to each other, and to me and with an excitement to put them all together and let them develop and inflect each other - to see one through another, myriad view points.
- Kathe Kollwitz @ Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
24 March – 17 June
Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was one of the leading artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, notable for the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and sculpture. She lived an intensely examined life, expressed in her numerous selfportraits, diaries and correspondence; at the core of this existence was her work as an artist and a mastery of graphic art which quickly established her reputation in Germany, then further afield as her influence spread internationally after the First World War. Kollwitz's unique artistic talent, her technical prowess and intelligence, and above all her humanity, can be seen in this exhibition.
- Anita Witek @ L'etrangere
10 May – 22 June
Artist and Muse, is a solo exhibition by Austrian artist Anita Witek. Showcasing her photographic series based on two paintings by Egon Schiele – a self-portrait and a portrait of his model and muse, Wally Neuzil. This presentation was first shown at the Leopold Museum in Vienna earlier this year, where its collection of modern Austrian art is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Egon Schiele. For this current exhibition, Witek will create a site-specific installation that includes a new set of photographs.
- Juno Calypso @ TJ Boulting
15 May – 23 June
This year the winner of the BJP International Award ‘Series’ is Juno Calypso, and this exhibition illustrates her beguiling commentary on beauty and femininity told through self-portraiture and her fictional character ‘Joyce’. Joyce was first created in 2011 and consolidated her use of self-portraiture for over twenty years. Last year Calypso took Joyce to a couples-only resort in Pennsylvania, spending a week alone in the Honeymoon Suite with a suitcase of wigs and wedding lingerie. Over the course of the week she produced new images and videos, self-portraits as Joyce all alone in this surreally staged fallen utopia of love and happily ever after.
- Sadie Benning @ Camden Arts Centre
19 April – 24 June
For this exhibition, Sleep Rock, New-York based artist Sadie Benning has created over 20 new wall-based works that occupy a hybrid space between painting, photography and sculptural relief. Benning’s work illustrates how even familiar images are subject to constantly fluctuating interpretations based on context, scale and resolution. Within the work, fragments are enlarged or brought closer, photographs dissolve into painterly abstraction, and images remain mutable, reflecting an indexical relationship to the multiplicity of meanings projected onto them.
- Hanae Wilke @ Vitrine Gallery
13 April – 24 June
Close Quarters is a new body of work by London based artist Hanae Wilke. Informed by her surroundings and starting with an observation, Wilke constructs sculptures and installations from industrial materials such as metal, pipes, brackets, fibreglass and resin. These works borrow qualities from existing and familiar objects, structures, forms, and systems that are often overlooked. Through material investigations, Wilke explores weight, tactility, texture, gesture and colour and the ways in which they act with and within space. Drawing on the typography and language of narrowboats, Wilke examines alternative modes of living and habitable structures that could fit into speculative future narratives.
- Suffrage Centenary
9 February – 30 June
February 2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918, which gave some women over the age of 30 the right to vote in the UK and catalysed the continuing fight for gender parity. While not a UK Friends of NMWA event, the breadth of activity across the UK merits our listings.Below we list how museums across the UK are recognising this with exhibitions and events. Click on the exhibition titles for more detail.Women’s suffrage started in the 19th Century, becoming a national movement. By 1906, when sentiments hardened, the militant campaign began with the formation of the Women’s Social & Political Union (WSPU), led by Emmeline Pankhurst of Manchester.
- To explore the timeline and obtain a better understanding of the movement’s history, there is an interesting article in The Telegraph - Suffragette timeline: the long march to votes for women.
- For a graphic timeline see LSE's: Suffrage Timeline Graphic.
UK-wide, organisations are taking the opportunity to commemorate this significant anniversary in the form of exhibitions, lectures, plays, performances, music, book displays, and many other types of events.
- Manchester, the birthplace of the campaigns, has a full programme based around the People’s History Museum.
- At the LSE they have Suffrage 18: a centenary of exploration.
- The National Archives are marking it with a season of 100 events.
There are numerous exhibitions which aim to capture the effects of the movement, and cater for all tastes.
- If you seek enlightenment on campaigns, the vote and politics visit: At Last! Votes for Women @ LSE Library Gallery, 23 April – 31 August 2018.
- Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament Exhibition @ Westminster Hall, 27 June – 6 October 2018.
- For its influence on the provision of women’s education: Suffrage! Education, Activism and Votes for Women @ Royal Holloway College, 15 January – 17 March 2018.
- The Cambridge University Library is exhibiting 100 famous suffrage posters in "Our weapon is public opinion."
- If you are fascinated by iconic objects go to: Votes for Women @ Museum of London, 2 Feb – 27 March 2018.
- Or if your interest is in history or story-telling: Making Her Mark: 100 years of women's activism @ Hackney Museum, 6 February - 19 May 2018. Or Celebrating Women of Bedfordshire, @ the Higgins Bedford, 10 March - 23 September.
- The Foundling Museum is showcasing objects from the collection chosen by remarkable women who have achieved firsts in their fields in First Among Equals; and later Ladies of Quality and Distinction will replace the Museum's portraits of male governors with portraits of women who signed the first petition to call for the UK’s first children’s charity in 1735.
- The Tate has created an online walk-through exhibition, Women and Power looking at artists who have resisted traditional expectations of what women can and should do.
- A pioneering artist, suffragette and feminist campaigner, Annie Swynnerton, born Hulme, Manchester, 1844, has a major retrospective: Painting Light & Hope, Annie Swynnerton @ Manchester Art Gallery, 23 February – 6 January 2019.
- UCL's Slade School is recognising its prize-winning artists, mostly women, now largely forgotten due to prejudice and circumstance in Prize and Prejudice.
- The Fawcett Society has a series of pamphlets to mark the event https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk.
- Art on the Underground has commissioned work by international selection of women artists for 2018.
- Gillian Wearing's statue of Millicent Fawcett will be unveiled in Parliament Square this Spring.
- Or for new work inspired by the suffrage banner collection:100 Banners: Digital Drama @ Women’s Library, LSE.
There are myriad other exciting events to entice you, such as
- The National Portrait Gallery has a year long season of events, Rebel Women.
- Tate Modern is celebrating women in a vibrant mix of art, music, film, drop in workshops, pop up talks and street food in conjunction with its Tate Lates programme.
- British Museum will hold a gallery talk - Gallant actions: the women’s suffrage movement and the British Museum by Ben Alsop 16 Feb, 13.15-14.00;
- An LSE lecture – Who were the suffrage artists? lives revealed, by Elizabeth Crawford, Wolfson Theatre, 23 March, 6.30-8.00;
- And the National Trust's "Women and Power" programme is offering talks, tours and exhibitions including a travelling exhibition of portraits in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and special exhibitions at properties that have connections to women who influenced the suffrage movement.
There is music and theatre!
- Helen and Lucy Pankhurst have collaborated to produce a choral work commissioned by the BBC, which will be premiered on Radio 3’s website, 6 February, and at the opening of the BBC's Free Thinking Festival, at Sage Gateshead.
- The Royal Albert Hall has a series of concerts from 25 January – 26 April, called Women and the Hall.
- Blackheath Halls are holding a weekend of celebrations - Breaking Barriers: celebrating 100 years of votes for women, 2/3 February. Dr Sophie Fuller will lead an event called Women and the Orchestra.
- The RSC is presenting a gender-balanced Troilus and Cressida.
- Lynx Theatre’s play ‘Sylvia’@ Working Class Movement Library, Manchester, 3 March 2018, and at Old Vic, London.
- Dundee Women’s Festival 4 – 17 March, 2018.
- Royal Academy – International Women’s Day RA tours, 1 – 10 March,
- And of course, the fabulous Women of the World 2018 @ the Southbank Centre which includes a panel "Would you have been a Suffragette?"
For a contemporary take on the topic of Suffragettes, read the very entertaining article ‘Meet the New Suffragettes’, in Vogue, February 2018. We can't list them all, but hope this flavour of events encourages you to look locally for even more suffrage celebrations. Check inews, Stylist, The Guardian and The Culture Diary to name a few.
- Alice May Williams & others @ Knole
17 May – 30 June
A Woman’s Place highlights the evolution of equality through the stories of women who have contributed to Knole’s spirit and history. Six women artists interpret these themes and give a voice to some of Knole’s fascinating women through different media. The contemporary art installations will include sculpture, film, sound, performance, a website and interventions across this historic site, providing a pause to reflect on the fight for equality, its hard won battles and those undoubtedly still ahead of us. Artists taking part are CJ Mahony, Lindsay Seers, Emily Speed, Alice May Williams, Melanie Wilson and 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid.
- Vanessa Gardiner @ Sladers Yard
12 May – 1 July
Vanessa Gardiner’s most recent paintings explore her chosen places in Portland, Cornwall and Skye with relish and confidence. She paints in a dynamic geometric style enlivened with lyrical curving lines of hills and pathways. Her colours may be opaque and crisp or more translucent and weathered, scoured and scored, washed back and reapplied, to give surfaces like those of a pebble on the beach. Seductive in colour, texture and composition, these paintings deepen and intensify by memory.
- Marianne Edwards & Jane Hoodless @ White Moose
26 May – 7 July
Dreams of Everyday Objects, features the work of Marianne Edwards, Jane Hoodless and Mango. These artists invite you to leave reality behind as everyday objects, and let surroundings take on the surreal quality of dreams. This exhibition plays with your mind and brings nostalgic memories to the fore.
- Ericka Beckman @ Zabludowicz Collection
22 March – 8 July
An exhibition of four seminal works from the Collection by American artist Ericka Beckman that span over 30 years of genre-defying filmmaking. Beckman’s work consistently treats film as a performance medium, and draws on the pioneering energy of her years at CalArts and the do-it-yourself sensibilities of New York’s Downtown Scene in the late 1970s and early 80s. It also astutely anticipates the social and cultural impact of video gaming and online networks over recent decades. Shot on 16mm, with all the animation and visual effects being constructed in camera through multiple exposures, Beckman’s films create narratives using the pedagogic and competitive structures of games. They playfully reveal the conditions of gender and identity formation in relation to labour, leisure, architecture and capital.
- Marianna Simnett @ Zabludowicz Collection
22 March – 8 July
Marianna Simnett creates fable-like film, performance, sound and light installations that examine the sense of intimacy yet anxious unfamiliarity we experience with our own bodies. She particularly focuses on the means we deploy to control these bodies, both technological and cultural. The exhibition presents a group of recent work from the Zabludowicz Collection: three films The Udder (2014), Blood (2015), and Blue Roses (2016) – installed as a trilogy for the first time – alongside a sound and light installation Faint with Light (2016).
- Rhian Malin @ Burton Art Gallery & Museum
28 May – 23 July
Delicate, hand painted ceramics, inspired by her grandmother's Willow Pattern collection, Rhian Malin continues the historic tradition of delicate porcelain decorated with stunning cobalt blue.
- Joan Jonas @ Tate Modern
14 March – 5 August
Hero to a generation of younger artists, Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades. You will be able to experience the largest exhibition of Jonas’s work ever held in the UK. Early works from the late 1960s are shown alongside recent installations dealing with topical themes such as climate change and extinction. You can see her landmark installations including Organic Honey, The Juniper Tree and Reanimation.
- Tacita Dean @ The Royal Academy
19 May – 12 August
Tacit Dean has a wide interest in landscape phenomena: from the unspoilt landscape of Bodmin Moor in England to the open rangelands of Wyoming in the American West to film a rare solar eclipse. Dean is a champion of photochemical film, yet her wide-ranging practice extends across a multitude of mediums. In the newly opened Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, the internationally renowned visual artist and Royal Academician explores “landscape” in its broadest sense: intimate collections of natural found objects, a mountainous blackboard drawing and a series of cloudscapes in chalk on slate created especially for these spaces draws you into Dean’s vision. The highlight of the exhibition is a major new, experimental 35mm film, Antigone.
- Rebecca Warren & others @ Whitechapel Gallery
10 April – 12 August
Pregnancy is one of the most extreme states of the human condition, according to art theorist Amelia Jones, as it reveals the ‘tension between self as subject and self as object’. The final display from the ISelf Collection takes its title from Paloma Varga Weisz’s ambiguously gendered pregnant figure, Bumped Body, reflecting on shifting concepts of selfhood. 23 artists consider subjectivity in relation to the body, the object and the environment. Many works offer fragmented and visceral perspectives where the human meets the inanimate. Placing figures in states of metamorphoses, artists rupture our sense of physical cohesion to reveal new possibilities that lie beyond selfhood. Artists include: Mark Manders, Maria Bartuszovà, Huma Bhabha, Alexandra Bircken, Tian Doan na Champassak, Ruth Claxton, Tony Cragg, Enrico David, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Geoffrey Farmer, Georg Herold, Kati Horna, Sarah Lucas, Seb Patane, Pippilotti Rist, Bojan Šarčević, Wael Shawky, Daniel Silver, John Stezaker, Nicola Tyson, Cathy Wilkes.
- Florence Peake @ De La Warr Pavilion
12 May – 12 August
This is a performance by six dancers that takes place on a floor of seven tonnes of wet clay. Using materials that remain, the work will unfold into a summer-long exhibition. RITE: On this Pliant Body we slip our WOW! offers a layered reinterpretation of a pivotal moment in modernism’s history: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, composed in 1913 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Florence Peake, who works across media, transposes Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s iconic ballet to what she describes as ‘performative sculpture’. Taking ritual, sacrifice, labour, community and fertility as themes, RITE celebrates the primal power of the body as an expressive force against conservatism.
- Angela de la Cruz @ Lisson Gallery
4 July – 18 August
Turner Prize nominee Angela de la Cruz presents a new body of work in this her first exhibition in London since 2011. While embracing a minimalist approach in terms of monochromatic colour and subject matter, Cruz’s paintings convey a host of human emotions. Titled ‘Bare,’ her exhibition represents de la Cruz’s relationship with the physical body and displays an emotional incongruity between fragility and strength, the broken and the beautiful, in conjunction with the artist’s continued exploration of the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Her striking interventions with canvas and stretcher portray a sense of performative playfulness, although for this exhibition she works with different materials, including aluminium and cement.
- Lee Bul @ Hayward Gallery
30 May – 19 August
This mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed South Korean artist Lee Bul – the first in London – explores the artist’s extensive investigation into the body and its relationship to architectural space. Over the past 30 years, Lee Bul has explored questions of intimacy, gender, technology and class through a focus on the body. Drawing on science fiction, bioengineering and visionary architecture, as well as Japanese anime and manga, her work includes performance, drawing, painting and large-scale immersive installations.
- Banu Cennetoglu @ Chishenhale Gallery
29 June – 26 August
The first solo exhibition and a major new commission by Istanbul-based artist Banu Cennetoğlu. Her work incorporates methods of mapping, collecting and archiving in order to question and challenge the politics of memory, as well as the distribution and consumption of information. Working with installation, image production and printed matter, Cennetoğlu often works over extended periods of time, inviting individuals and institutions to participate in the development and realisation of her projects. For her commission at Chisenhale Gallery, Cennetoğlu is producing a major new moving image installation presented in the exhibition hall.
- Sonia Boyce @ Manchester Art Gallery
23 March – 2 September
Focusing on work from the mid-1990s to the present the exhibition will reflect Sonia Boyce’s move from her earlier drawing and collage which explored her own position as a black British woman, towards more improvised, collaborative ways of working. These unpredictable, open processes have been documented through a range of media including photography, film and wallpaper. The gallery has also commissioned Boyce to make a new collaborative live work for the exhibition.
- Chantal Joffe @ The Lowry, Salford
19 May – 2 September
As part of this Festival series, Chantal Joffe's fearless paintings confront the physicality of the human body and the complexities of human emotions in a remarkable combination of detachment, humour and intimacy in Personal Feeling is the Main Thing. Joffe is regarded as one of the most distinctive and uncompromising figurative artists working today. Her fearless paintings of women and girls often share glimpses of her own relationship with her daughter, while exploring transitions into adolescence and motherhood. They confront the physicality of the human body and the complexities of human emotions in a remarkable combination of detachment, humour and intimacy.
- Yin Xiuzhen & Duan Jianyu @ Turner Contemporary
21 February – 2 September
Yin Xiuzhen is known for her large-scale sculptural works exploring themes of globalisation, memory and the fast-paced urbanisation of contemporary China. Xiuzhen often uses found materials and second-hand clothes, drawn to the memories and personal stories they hold. As the artist says, “in a rapidly changing China ‘memory’ seems to vanish more quickly than everything else.” Xiuzhen’s installation Digestive Cavity will take over Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery. This is one of a series of sculptural spaces in the form of bodily organs. Visitors can venture into this room-sized stomach cavity, conceived by the artist as a place for stopping and slowing down.
- Chiharu Shiota @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park
30 March – 2 September
Acclaimed installation and performance artist Chiharu Shiota creates an awe-inspiring, site-specific installation of thread within the beautiful 18th-century Chapel. Called Beyond Time, this work for YSP responds to and activates the unique architecture and heritage of the Chapel. Exemplary of her work’s resonance with memory and human relationships through the use of objects, the installation interlaces the physical with the conceptual to create a new visual plane – as if painting in mid-air.
- Corita Kent @ Ditchling Museum of Art @ Craft
5 May – 2 September
The ground-breaking work of Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986) comes to the Museum this summer. Corita was an artist and famously charismatic educator whose work reflected her concerns about poverty, racism and war – anxieties that continue to resonate today. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, her vibrant serigraphs, banners and posters drew on pop culture, literary and modern consumer cultures and were regularly to be seen at civil rights and anti-war rallies in the 1960s and 70s.
- Jenny Saville @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
24 March – 16 September
The third instalment of NOW features a major survey of works by renowned British artist Jenny Saville, spanning some 25 years of the artist’s career across five rooms. It brings together 17 works from private and public collections across the globe, is a first in Scotland, and only her third in the UK. The selection spans 26 years, from iconic early paintings such as Propped (1992) and Trace (1993-4), to recent charcoal and pastel drawings, demonstrating how Saville’s approach to depicting the human body has shifted over the course of her career. Other highlights will include a series of large-scale head paintings, such as Rosetta II (2005-6), made while the artist was based in Italy, and the premier of a major new work, Aleppo (2017-18), which is at the Scottish National Gallery alongside historic works from the collection.
- Alison Wilding @ De La Warr Pavilion
23 June – 16 September
Right Here and Out There is an exhibition of new and existing works by Alison Wilding that unfolds inside and outside the gallery, with works selected in response to the landscape and light.
- Virginia Woolf @ Pallant House Gallery
26 May – 16 September
An exhibition of works by over 80 modern and contemporary artists inspired by the writings of celebrated author Virginia Woolf. Following Woolf’s notion that creative women should ‘think back through their mothers’, the exhibition will explore her relationship to feminism and will reflect her efforts to find new forms through which to share women’s creativity. Including works by international artists ranging from 1854 to contemporary commissions the exhibition will act as an inclusive study of writers and artists alike, highlighting the many connections between Woolf, her contemporaries and those who share an affinity with her work.
- Orla Kiely @ Fashion & Textile Museum
25 May – 23 September
Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. Highlights include the original paper sketches for the trademark ‘Stem’ graphic, created in the 1990s, which has evolved to feature on everything from mugs and dresses to notebooks and even cars, plus prototypes for her early signature bags and the evolution of the iconic ‘Pear’ and ‘Flower’ designs. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world.
- Enid Marx @ House of Illustration
25 May – 23 September
Enid Marx (1902-1998) was a textile designer, printmaker and illustrator who, alongside her contemporaries Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, defined mid-20th century design. The exhibition, Print, Pattern and Popular Art is the most comprehensive retrospective of Marx’s work to be mounted in the last 40 years. It will bring together over 150 pieces from private and public collections, many previously unseen. She is best known today for her industrial textiles for the London Transport Board and wartime Utility Furniture Scheme. But over a career spanning seven decades her work was extraordinarily varied, encompassing patterned paper for Curwen Press, book illustration for King Penguin as well as stamp, poster and print design.
- Francesca Woodman @ Tate Liverpool
24 May – 23 September
A Gustav Klimt exhibition held 10 years ago is the forerunner of the works of his radical protégé, Egon Schiele, alongside the sublime photography of Francesca Woodman, in Life in Motion. Both artists are known for their intimate and unapologetic portraits, which look beneath the surface to capture their subjects’ emotions. Schiele’s (1890–1918) drawings are strikingly raw and direct. He had a distinctive style using quick marks and sharp lines to portray the energy of his models. ‘I show you what you do not see – the body’s inner force’, said Woodman (1958–1981), who used long exposures to create blurred images that captured extended moments in time. Her photographs can be surreal, humorous and at times painfully honest. The close encounter between these two exceptional artists offers an intense viewing experience and a new perspective on their personal and powerful works.
- Emily Young @ New College, Oxford
29 March – 27 September
This year 'Britain's greatest living stone sculptor’, Emily Young adorns the magnificent quadrangle with over 20 sculptures. This is the first occasion which the cloisters, home to sculpture and monuments dating from medieval times, will host a solo exhibition by a contemporary artist, although her work has been shown in many locations. She has been called 'The country's finest female sculptor' (The Independent).
- Lubaina Himid @ BALTIC
11 May – 30 September
Lubaina Himid, is currently Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Making Histories Visible, an ongoing interdisciplinary research project based at the university, led by Himid, continues to be a sustained exploration of the contribution of black visual art to the cultural landscape. As part of her exhibition, Himid will use traditional patterns and motifs of East African Kanga flags combined with mottos to produce a major outdoor commission. The work will be presented in tandem with a weekly programme of free public events every Sunday, including performances and community happenings. Through this Himid seeks to collaborate with and give visibility to marginalised creative communities.
- Anthea Hamilton @ Tate Britain
22 March – 7 October
Anthea Hamilton transforms the heart of Tate Britain with sculpture and performance Hamilton reveals a major new work, transforming the heart of Tate Britain into an immersive installation that will combine sculpture and performance.
- Berenice Abbott & others
4 November – 7 October
The Gallery celebrates photography, A Public Art, 1840 - 1939, with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection displaying classic images and rarely seen gems of artists, writers and actors by Edward Steichen, James Abbe, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton and Dorothy Wilding among others. The display celebrates sitters, makers and an array of different techniques as well as allowing visitors to revel in the creative language of photography and the constant reinvention of the genre of portraiture.
- Corita Kent @ Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
5 May – 14 October
Get with the Action explores the ground-breaking work of Corita Kent (1918-1986). Corita was an artist, a famously charismatic educator and a Roman Catholic nun based in Los Angeles during the 1960s. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, her vibrant screenprinted banners and posters drew on pop and modern consumer cultures and became increasingly political throughout the decade. Her bright, bold work confronted issues of poverty, racism and war with an aesthetic more aligned with protest movements of the time than traditional religious imagery. Frequently appearing on the streets surrounding the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, where she taught, Kent’s imagery aimed to capture the public imagination in order to influence social change.
- Moran Myerscough @ Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
5 May – 14 October
Accompanying our exhibition Corita Kent: Get With the Action, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft invited leading international designer Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan to take over the museum’s Wunderkammer in a surprise visual display. The show connects to Myerscough’s Belonging project touring Sussex and will sit alongside their interactive kinetic installation Sign Machine (2016), which will be updated for the show; the structure invites visitors to sit on a swing that in turn revolves signs and objects adorning its crown. The concept of ‘belonging’ is a broad notion that contains many meanings for different people, and as such the two artists’ will explore its interpretation from different angles through a collection of objects and signs.
- Frida Kahlo @ V & A
16 June – 4 November
This exhibition, Making Herself Up, presents an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.
- Visible Women @ Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
14 April – 11 November
Visible Women brings together work from Norwich Castle’s modern and contemporary collection made by women in order to celebrate their work and open up conversations about the under-representation of female artists in public collections. The title of the exhibition was adapted from the seminal book 50% Visible Women created by the radical feminist artist Penny Slinger (b.1947) while at the Chelsea College of Art, London in 1969. Using photographic collage and original poetry, Slinger’s book examines how a woman is seen and how she sees herself; women take on multiple identities such as woman as goddess, woman as object of desire, and woman as mother, among others. What connects all these artists in this exhibition is their exploration of the human experience. Whether this is one that can be argued as ‘gendered’ is up for debate.
- Mary Dillwyn & Thereza Mary Dillwyn @ National Museum Cardiff
5 May – 11 November
Women in Focus is a year-long exhibition that explores the role of women in photography, both as producers and subjects of images. The exhibition draws on works from the permanent photographic collections at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and comprises two parts: Part One: Women Behind the Lens celebrates the role and contribution of women throughout the history of photography, from the first pioneering women photographers in Wales, Mary Dillwyn and Thereza Mary Dillwyn, to emerging contemporary practitioners including Chloe Dewe Mathews, Bieke Depoorter and Clementine Schneidermann.
- Lizzie Siddal @ Wightwick Manor & Gardens
1 March – 24 December
Lizzie Siddal was an important and influential artist and poet. A professional member of the Pre-Raphaelite artistic circle, she is, however, remembered today mainly as the model for the iconic Millais painting, Ophelia, and as wife and muse of the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. ‘Beyond Ophelia’ examines Siddal’s style; subject matter; depiction of women; her influence on other artists; and the prejudice she faced as a professional female artist in the patriarchal Victorian art world.
- Annie Swynnerton @ Manchester Art Gallery
23 February – 6 January
The first retrospective for nearly a century of the Manchester born painter Annie Swynnerton, a pioneering professional artist who challenged convention in art and life. Painting Light and Hope features 36 paintings from across Swynnerton’s career, including 13 from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection with further loans from public galleries including the Royal Academy Collection, Tate and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. The exhibition also features a number of rarely seen paintings on loan from private collections. Portraits showing the artist’s Manchester connections open the exhibition including Susan Dacre, with whom she co-founded the Manchester Society of Women Painters, and the Reverend William Gaskell, husband of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. The exhibition also brings together landscapes, allegorical works and later portraits revealing her as a continually inventive artist who engaged with current art movements and forged her own independent style shaped by her experience of light and colour in Italy.
- First Amongst Equals @ Foundling Museum
16 January – 13 January
In this exhibition, First Amongst Equals, remarkable women who have shaped contemporary British society choose objects that speak to them from the Museum’s Collection.
Spanning 300 years of social history, culture and philanthropy, selections enable visitors to see the Collection from different perspectives, to make connections between the past and the present, and to reflect on women’s ongoing struggle for equality. Contributors, who have all achieved firsts within their respective fields, include: Maria Balshaw (first female Director of Tate); Moira Cameron (first female ‘Beefeater’, Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London); Baroness Hale of Richmond (first female President of the Supreme Court); Francesca Hayward (first black female Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet); Carris Jones (first female chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral); Joanne Moore (first female tailor to have a men’s tailoring business on Saville Row); and Frances O’Grady (first female General Secretary of the TUC). Starting in January, items will gradually go on display throughout the year.