Twenty Years of the British Feminist Radical at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Gina Birch, still from 3 Minute Scream, 1977. Courtesy of the artist
Gina Birch, still from '3 Minute Scream', 1977. Courtesy of the artist

Title:
Women in Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK 1970-1990

Times:
Sun - Tue, 10:00 - 17:00, advance booking required

From: 25 May 2024

To: 26 Jan 2025

Venue:
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
Modern Two
Belford Road
Edinburgh
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH4 3DR

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The first exhibition of its kind, Women in Revolt! brings together over 100 artists and collectives in a major survey of feminist art, celebrating the women whose radical ideas, provocative work and rebellious methods changed the face of British culture and society. 

Elizabeth Radcliffe, Cool Bitch and Hot Dog, 1978, wool, linen, papier mache, metal buckle and nylon glove in plywood 180 x 83x 50   Photograph courtesy of artist .jpg
Elizabeth Radcliffe, ‘Cool Bitch and Hot Dog’, 1978, wool, linen, papier mache, metal buckle and nylon glove in plywood 180 x 83 x 50. Photograph courtesy of artist

The exhibition spans two seismic decades of art and activism, charting a range of themes and social issues such as the women’s liberation movement, maternal and domestic experiences, punk and independent music, the Greenham Common protests against nuclear weapons, the Section 2A (Section 28 in England) laws prohibiting the ‘promotion of homosexuality’, the AIDS epidemic, the miners’ strike, the Reclaim the Night movement protesting against violence against women and the emergence of black and Asian women’s art.

Maud Sulter, Urania from the series Zabat, 1989 © Estate of Maud Sulter. All rights reserved. DACS, London 2023. Bequest of the Scottish Arts Council 1997. National Galleries Scotland
Maud Sulter, ‘Urania’ from the series ‘Zabat’, 1989 © Estate of Maud Sulter. All rights reserved. DACS, London 2023. Bequest of the Scottish Arts Council 1997. National Galleries Scotland

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, films, photography, documentation of performances and a range of archival materials, with many works on display for the first time since the 1970s. Work by well-known artists such as Sonia Boyce, Helen Chadwick and Linder are shown alongside an array of artists who, despite their long careers, have been left out of the mainstream art historical narratives.

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