Exhibition of underexposed female artists

A new exhibition and guest talks which aims to enhance the prominence of female group art exhibitions opens at the University of Kent’s Studio 3 Gallery on 16 May.

Both the exhibition and corresponding talks are free and open to the public.

Titled Underexposed: Female Artists and the Medium of Print, the exhibition will display the work of 40 prominent female artists who have used the medium of fine art print over the last two centuries.

Featuring painters and sculptors, including Tracey Emin, Anita Klein and Valerie Thornton, Underexposed will bring together a diverse mix of works to demonstrate the innovative printed work of female artists from the 19th century to the present day.

Other artists in the exhibition include: Alison Wilding, Anne Desmet, Barbara Hepworth, Beryl Cook, Bridget Riley, Cornelia Parker, Eileen Cooper, Elisabeth Frink, Lill Tschudi, Sandra Blow, Sonia Delaunay and Tess Jaray.

Lynne Dickens and Frances Chiverton, co-curators and mature art history students at the University, described the exhibition as ‘an opportunity to educate both the art-going public, and other students, on the importance of the print medium in western art history, and to celebrate the artistic achievements of female artists overall.’

The guest talks will include discussions from Gill Saunders, Senior Curator (Prints) Victoria & Albert Museum, William Pryor, grandson of Gwen Raverat, the 20th century artist and founder of the Society of Wood Engravers, as well as artists Paul Coldwell, Dawn Cole, Liliane Lijn, Anita Klein and Fiona de Bulat.

Gill Saunders said: ‘Many of the terms which have traditionally been associated with prints – small-scale, modest, private, intimate, personal – have been applied to the work of women artists too.

‘This exhibition sets out to challenge the often dismissive and derogatory implications of such terms by bringing together a diverse mix of works which demonstrate the originality, innovation, skill and ambition to be found in the printed work of female painters, sculptors and printmakers from the 19th century to the present day.’

Underexposed takes place at Studio 3 Gallery within the School of Arts’ Jarman building at the University’s Canterbury campus from 16 May to 19 June 2014. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday (9am-5pm) and open until 8pm on Thursdays.

For more information on the exhibition visit: http://www.kent.ac.uk/arts/news-summary.html?view=265 and for the full guest speaker programme, visit: http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/arts-news/files/2014/02/Underexposed-Speaker-Programme.pdf