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New exhibition celebrating women's art launched at Wisbech Gallery





An exhibition has opened to the public to empower women’s art work.

More than 50 works of art are now on display in Wisbech Gallery, as part of an exciting new exhibition called ‘Why do we celebrate women’s art?’

The exhibition, which was formally opened on Saturday by Cllr Peter Human, the Mayor of Wisbech, has been curated by Fenland-based artist Lisa Banks and features works by 18 female artists from across the country.

Wisbech Gallery exhibition launch. Photo Credits: Matt McChlery
Wisbech Gallery exhibition launch. Photo Credits: Matt McChlery

Introducing the exhibition, Cllr Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, one of the area’s leading poets and chair of the Fenland District Council culture, arts and heritage executive advisory committee, spoke about women in art.

“She said: “We need to start giving more credit to the women who have stepped forward to round out the conversation, whether they’re musicians, painters, fashion designers, writers, sculptors or photographers; these amazing women are always pushing the boundaries of their respective fields”.

Lisa Banks, exhibition curator, said: “I think the exhibition of artwork shows us something visually about how women artists experience a legacy of inequality today.

“This legacy manifests itself in the exhibition in many ways. Seeing all the work together, it is possible to see how connection, solidarity and empathy are presented in a visual form.

Cllr Elisabeth Sennitt Clough and a number of the artists who have works displayed in the Exhibition. Photo Credits: Matt McChlery
Cllr Elisabeth Sennitt Clough and a number of the artists who have works displayed in the Exhibition. Photo Credits: Matt McChlery

“From stories and protests to the marks we make in everyday life and inherit from previous generations. This is why it’s important to celebrate women’s art and to exhibit their artwork.’

Jenny Ward, from Blackfield Creatives, who manage the Wisbech Gallery in partnership with the Ferry Project, said: "We are delighted to host this new exhibition in the Gallery, especially as we celebrated World Art Day on April 15.

“There is a growing creative sector in Fenland and Wisbech Gallery offers us a fantastic opportunity to share their work with the wider community.”

Cllr Peter Human, Mayor of Wisbech. Photo Credits: Matt McChlery
Cllr Peter Human, Mayor of Wisbech. Photo Credits: Matt McChlery

The exhibition is open 10am-5pm on Tuesday to Saturday, until Saturday, May 18 and there may also be opportunities to attend artist-led workshops too.

The exhibition has been funded by Arts Council England and the Fenland Culture Fund.

Wisbech Gallery is located at 10A-14 South Brink and more information can be found at www.blackfieldcreatives.com/gallery



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