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Celebrate a century of women’s creativity in Scotland, from historic treasures to contemporary masterpieces.

Challenging the historic absence of women artists in academia and art institutions, striking works by mid-century pioneers such as portrait and landscape painter Joan Eardley are united with the contemporary trailblazers of today, like visual artist and photographer Sekai Machache. Spanning the last 100 years, the 50 works on display demonstrate how generations of Scottish women artists breathed new life into old traditions, carving impressive careers against numerous social and professional barriers.

From painting and drawing to assemblages and photography, the careers of 30 artists will be on display, revealing varying perspectives on landscape painting, portraiture, still-life and more. Explore how the beginning of the 20th century brought about the opportunity for women to pursue careers as professional artists and how fruitful creative relationships thrived in art schools far and wide, in Dumfries and Galloway, Catterline in Aberdeenshire and St Ives, Cornwall.

The works on display have been selected from the Fleming Collection, a hugely rich collection over 600 Scottish works of art. Depictions of human relationships, familiar objects and encounters with place will all be on display, showcasing years of evolution and imagination by Scottish women.

East AngliaContemporary artModern artPaintingPhotographyPrints & drawings

Sainsbury Centre

University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ

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