‘WHERE ARE ALL THE WOMEN ARTISTS?’ – A TALK AT SOHO HOUSE

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‘We’re all here be­cause of the artists, the hu­man be­ings who need their voices heard,’ said Kate Bryan, in­tro­duc­ing a dis­cus­sion ex­plor­ing gen­der dis­par­ity in the art world. On her panel at 40 Greek Street were three such artists: Su­san Hiller, An­nie Ke­vans and Sarah Maple. ‘I was still at art school when I re­alised I would be held back in my ca­reer for be­ing a woman,’ said Maple, who has since ex­hib­ited at Tate Bri­tain and gar­nered ac­claim for her work, which chal­lenges tra­di­tional no­tions of re­li­gion and fem­i­nin­ity. Ke­vans shared the story of ‘Women and the His­tory of Art’, a se­ries of por­traits doc­u­ment­ing lesser-known artists such as So­fon­isba An­guis­sola, Idelle We­ber and Ed­mo­nia Lewis. She started with just four por­traits of fe­male Im­pres­sion­ists and found she wanted to keep go­ing. ‘The more I read, the more I wanted to paint. I ended up do­ing it for my own plea­sure – it be­came a fan project.’ Mean­while, Hiller dis­cussed the en­cour­ag­ing changes she had wit­nessed. ‘I’m see­ing an in­creas­ing num­ber of women buy­ing art and tak­ing mu­seum po­si­tions,’ she said, gal­vanis­ing an au­di­ence keen to see fe­male creativ­ity flour­ish.

Su­san Hiller. Above, from left: Sarah Maple, Kate Bryan,Hiller and An­nie Ke­vans

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