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40 Years of Women Artists
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Garman Ryan Collection, and the strong female characters in the Garman Epstein family and their circle of friends, including Kathleen Garman, Peggy Epstein, Isabel Rawsthorne, Lorna Wishart and Sally Ryan, this exhibition puts the spotlight on the women who feature in our Permanent Collection.
The Garman sisters, who hailed from Wednesbury and were daughters of a local doctor, were quite radical and inspirational females, who in the interwar period became part of the bohemian milieu of artistic life in Soho, breaking away from the conventional role of women in those days.
Over the past forty years the role of women in our society has changed dramatically and women have grown equal in all areas of life. From the 1970s to the present day the Gallery has collected a diverse range of work by women artists and, although proportionately still more men feature in the Collection, nowadays there is no discrepancy between the number of works collected by male and female artists. Contemporary women artists are on equal terms with their male counterparts, and we have a strong body of work, in all media, from painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography, by women.
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