Feminism and Expressionism
Suffrage and Surrealism
In the 100 years since women’s suffrage, how much has actually changed? New exhibition, Women Power Protest, turns the gaze on female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity, attempting to answer this question. Of numerous notable artists, 2017’s Turner Prize-winning Lubaina Himid immediately grabbed our attention, with Cotton.com (2002). The piece tackles themes of slavery, racism and the downturn of industrialisation, using patterns to explore the conversations that may have taken place at the time of the Cotton Famine. It's hard to take your eyes off Angela Kelly (pictured), who captured her journey as a photographer between ’75 and ’79. The artist's series of images documents the coming of age of a feminist through a developing sense of identity and establishing an idea of place. Women, Power, Protest opens this Saturday (Nov 10), with an afternoon of spoken word, music and live body painting on Nov 17. Entry is free.
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