This Woman’s Work explores the work of female artists in the Swindon Collection. The exhibition aims to explore the changing status of women artists within Swindon’s collection, showing the growing prominence of female artists within modern British art and to celebrate a selection of important and engaging works.Artists in the exhibition include paintings and drawings by Gwen John, Mary Fedden, Gillian Ayres, Nicola Tyson and Sylvia Gosse.
Historically, female artists have been underrepresented in the Swindon Collection and this is the first exhibition in more than twenty years to share and celebrate female artists. The exhibition features portraits, landscapes and abstracts and looks at both the female artists who broke through the restrictions of the early 20th century art world, and the contemporary artists who offer a unique perspective on a woman’s experience of the world.
Many museums and galleries are considering how they can better reflect female artists in their collections and further represent women’s contribution to the art world now and in the past. Here in Swindon, we are starting this discussion by celebrating some of our favourite works by women artists in our collection. Some may be familiar to regular visitors to the museum, whereas others much less so, despite having been part of the collection for many years. Swindon’s Modern Art Collection was established as ‘a modern collection for a modern town, which echoes the society and culture of a modern world’.This exhibition seeks to celebrate the significant contribution of modern female artists within this context.
This Woman’s Work runs till Saturday 16 March at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery