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POSTPONED – Form and Colour: Women Artists of the Early Twentieth Century

Saturday, 25th April, 2020    
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nottingham Mechanics Institute
3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham, NG1 4EZ

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Join us for half day exploring women artists of the early twentieth century.  We  welcome several specialists talking about many of the women artists of this period.  Many of these artists, well known in their day, are only just being discussed again and their work highlighted.  Certainly books on women artists have been scarce for the last 20 years.  That too is changing at last.

Harriet Olsen, publisher at Eiderdown Books. Eiderdown Books is  a new publisher releasing books about female artists written by leading female writers, art historians and cultural commentators.  So far she has published books on  Laura Knight, Sylvia Pankhurst, Frances Hodgkins, Marlow Moss and Lee Miller., Harriet will be talking about why she set up the press and their approach to the artists that they publish.

Katy Norris on Sylvia Pankhurst, artist and activist.  Through her striking portraits of women at work in the factories, as well as her designs for badges, banners, murals and even tea -sets, her artistic endeavours furthered the argument for universal equal rights. Katy Norris researches Edwardian women artists, in partnership with Tate and Bristol University.  She was previously Curator at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.

Sylvia Pankhurst

Louise Dunning, Curator of Fine and Decorative Arts, Nottingham Castle.

Louise Dunning job-shares the post of Curator of Fine and Decorative Art at Nottingham City Museums.  She is jointly responsible for over 800 oil paintings, over 4,000 works on paper and around 5,000 decorative art objects.

Nottingham City Museums has a small collection of oil paintings, drawings, watercolours and aquatints by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970).  Her paintings will be rehung at Nottingham Castle when it reopens in Spring 2021.  Louise will be examining some of Dame Laura Knight’s work in the Collection and looking at the life and significance of this artist who lived in Nottingham during her formative years.

Motherhood c1922 by Dame Laura Knight







Venue:  Nottingham Mechanics Institute

Please email events@bookshop.co.uk to book your place.  £10/£8 students

We are asking for pre-payment for this event as we know it will be full!

Small cafe and bar on site.