A vast public exhibition of 20 newly-commissioned artworks celebrating London women has been unveiled in public spaces across the city. Through a partnership with the Mayor of London and the London Tate Collective team, Tate’s group for 16 to 25-year olds, artists have been commissioned to create work featuring women who have played a crucial role in London’s history, but have been largely overlooked. Among the celebrated women are reporter and activist Jackie Foster, suffragist Lolita Roy, suffragette Adelaide Knight and the women who built Waterloo Bridge.
The Tate Collective team in London have been engaged over six months in the selection of artists with whom they had worked through Tate Collective events or had known about through their own networks. Among those they commissioned were Heather Agyepong, Joey Yu and Jasmin Kaur Sehra.
The exhibition entitled LDN WMN will highlight the underrepresentation of women in art and provide a platform for talented, young artists in London. It will see ambitious artworks displayed from 18 to 28 October in public locations, from Brixton to Alexandra Palace and from Victoria to Camden. The work will include large installations, paintings and digital graphics, and will bring the hidden stories of London’s campaigning and pioneering women to life on the streets of the city.
The exhibition is the latest part of the Mayor of London’s year-long women’s equality campaign, #BehindEveryGreatCity, to mark the centenary of the first women in the UK winning the right to vote, and drive forward gender equality across the city.
Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate said: ‘We are delighted that members of Tate Collective London team were invited to curate this exciting initiative, highlighting the creativity of emerging artists and celebrating exceptional women. They have brought together an outstanding selection of young artists. It will be thrilling to see these artworks unveiled across London.’
Justine Simons, OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said: ‘Today, a host of remarkable women are being honoured by a new generation of talented artists. As we mark 100 years since the first women secured the right to vote, it’s high time we make sure Londoners know the stories of these powerful figures in our history, who have been overlooked for too long. These 20 artworks in 20 different locations across the capital bring inspiring art to Londoners and visitors to our capital and provide a high-profile platform for exceptional artists too.’
Tate Collective said: ‘Tate Collective are passionate about art accessibility for young people, especially the making of art which engages in new and exciting ways and encourages people who feel excluded from the art world. That’s why LDN WMN was such an exciting project to curate; putting the artworks in public spaces makes art accessible in our everyday life. We have commissioned a mix of contemporary artists to represent the stories of important, but underrepresented historical women, navigating identity, culture and freedom in London and beyond.’
Image credit: Artwork by Jasmin Kaur Sehra celebrating Mala Sen, part of LDN WMN