To celebrate the centenary of universal suffrage, or at least the start of it, we are holding an exhibition focusing on some of the amazing artists we work with at The Art of Protest, who also happen to be women.
The title #ArtToo supports the brave women who have spoken out, most notably in the film industry, against abuse, misogyny and the exploitation of women at work. The film industry like Art has promoted the objectification of women at every turn through history not least through the constant presence of the female nude. Whatever is happening in the film industry is happening in fine art as it is throughout society. Yet Art, in its central function of making us look, has an important part to play in changing perceptions of the role and capability of women in society.
There are few greater pleasures for me as an art lover than to engage with the upset caused by the great female nude artwork of my generation - Tracy Emin’s, My Bed. This most beautifully divisive work garners an opinion from all and succeeds in the “making people look” function of art. Liking or disliking isn’t relevant but it’s inescapable presence in the cannon offers a fine art context of Pankhurst and the 100+ accusers of Weinstein.
#ArtToo as an exhibition does not have gender as its subject, it is a celebration of the strength and quality of the female artists’ that we represent and a chance to share their figurative, landscape, comic, surreal and vibrant creativity with you all.
With this exhibition we are very proud to introduce three new regulars onto our roster; Jo Peel, Alexandra Gallagher and Cecile Perrett. All of whom are established artists that we have been wanting to work with since opening 12 months ago.
Alongside these fantastic artists, it is also time to give you advanced warning that we will be having solo exhibitions; with one of our favourite’s, Pam Glew, the amazingly talented artist from Brighton, who works on vintage flags and reclaimed fabrics, and the brilliant Nomad Clan who will be following the Hull KR mural in Hull earlier this year with a gallery show. Details of both solo shows will be announced in the coming weeks.