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Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists @ The Mercer's Company
3 December 2018 - 23 March 2019
‘Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists 1900 – 1950’, marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People’s Act. The inaugural exhibition is at the newly restored Ambulatory, Worshipful Company of Mercers (City of London). Through a heterogeneous collection of painting and sculpture by fifty artists, the exhibition pays tribute to the extraordinary cultural production of women in Britain during the first half of the 20th century. Despite the inequality of opportunity, patronage and critical attention, many female artists skillfully navigated careers in the art world, producing powerful works that reflect their daily lives and experiences. Including portraits and self-portraits, landscapes and cityscapes, industrial scenes and images of war, the exhibition considers the ways in which ‘feminine’ virtues and values shifted and contested in 20th century visual culture.