Why are women still marginalised by the art world? Does gender bring something
different to the work itself or is it just politics? These are some of the key questions that
form the foundations of the exhibition Women Make Sculpture at Pangolin London
(19 May - 18 June).
Coinciding with the centenary year of International Women’s Day, Pangolin London will
celebrate female achievement in sculpture with the exhibition Women Make Sculpture,
an all female show highlighting the diversity and creativity of women sculptors today.
The exhibition will bring into the spotlight a number of established female artists
including Dorothy Cross, Ann Christopher and Alison Wilding as well as emerging names
such as Polly Morgan, Abigail Fallis, Rose Gibbs and Briony Marshall.
Women Make Sculpture provides an opportunity to focus on a selection of
sculpture inspired by topical issues that concern women today such as war,
mental health, sex, childbirth and science. Director of Pangolin London,
Polly Bielecka, notes: “The exhibition is not intended to tackle gender superiority;
rather it hopes to question whether female artists bring something different to
contemporary British sculpture.”
The exhibition will include an eclectic mix of work in a variety of media ranging
from Almuth Tebbenhoff’s powerful yet intricate steel wall pieces to Polly
Morgan’s delicate and fragile taxidermy constructions, and from Deborah van der
Beek’s emotive horse head Collateral made from the detritus of war to Rose Gibbs’
controversial Mountain of figures and penises violently expelling bodily fluids.
Pangolin London is well-placed to do a survey show of this kind thanks to its
unique affiliation with Europe’s largest sculpture foundry Pangolin Editions and
its remit to promote sculpture in all its forms. Pangolin London will also host a
panel discussion to coincide with the exhibition on Monday 23rd May at Kings
Place. This will include both artists exhibiting in the show and guest speakers to
encourage a lively debate. To book tickets please go to www.kingsplace.co.uk
A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
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