The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh is hosting a series of exhibitions and events under the banner of Wonder Women Festival, celebrating the art of three internationally-acclaimed artists, closely associated with the Gallery. The exhibitions of Dame Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-2021, whose work is pictured above), Bodil Manz at 80 and Wendy Ramshaw OBE (1939-2018) reflect The Gallery’s history of championing and nurturing women artists across all media since the 1880s.
The Elizabeth Blackadder exhibition comprises paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints over seven decades of her distinguished career, and includes a new tapestry by Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. Hosted in partnership with the RSA, Dovecot Studios and Glasgow Print Studio, the programme includes a newly-commissioned film combining British Library recordings of the artist with footage of her in her studio, which can be viewed online and in The Gallery. 12th August sees the launch of a fully-illustrated book by Duncan Macmillan, The Art of Elizabeth Blackadder, which includes a personal tribute by Guy Peploe alongside archive photographs.
Bodil Manz at 80 – A Danish Icon marks the 80th year of the internationally-acclaimed Danish ceramicist, known for her ultra-thin, distinctive porcelain cylindrical forms, anchored by bold, geometric abstractions in a style evocative of Russian Suprematism. Bodil has created a new series for the Gallery, including five mixed media wall pieces. There is a special Studio Insights film showing Bodil at her home and studio in Horve, Denmark earlier this year.
Wendy Ramshaw CBE, The Early Years charts the development of her career path towards becoming an international champion of modern jewellery, sculpture and design, presenting an opportunity to see rare examples from her estate from the 1960s onwards, including her well-known ring-sets, brooches and necklaces, in a tribute to her unique contribution to art.