Female artists still under-represented in major galleries

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Female artists

‘Figures compiled by the Guardian paint a dismal portrait of women artists exhibiting in major galleries, in the UK and abroad. But are things changing?’

Read more in this excellent article by Hannah Ellis-Peterson.   (Guardian 6 Feb, 2017)

‘…female artists account for just 4% of the National Gallery of Scotland’s collection; 20% of the Whitworth Manchester’sand 35% of Tate Modern’s collections. Only 33% of the artists representing Britain at the Venice Biennale over the past decade have been women.
The imbalance is systemic, and exists not just in the enormous gaps that are evident in the collections of publicly funded institutions. It is also perpetuated by some of biggest commercial galleries that operate in the UK and internationally.’

In part we pin some hope that the balance will be addressed, on this:

“Yet in the UK, and the international art world beyond, a shift may be occurring, driven by women who have taken the helm of some of the biggest art institutions.”