Contemporary British Women Artists

16 Feb 2007 – 2 Mar 2007

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Camberwell Space

London, United Kingdom


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an exhibition of portrait photographs by Rebecca Fortnum and Richard Elliott.

Coinciding with the publication of Rebecca Fortnum's new book 'Contemporary British Women Artists, in their own words' (I.B.Tauris Paperback Original), the exhibition shows 19 new portrait black and white photographs of all the artists commissioned for the book and funded by the Arts Council of England.
Artists include: Jananne Al-Ani, Gillian Ayres, Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Sonia Boyce, Maria Chevska, Tacita Dean, Anya Gallaccio, Lucy Gunning, Jane Harris, Runa Islam, Vanessa Jackson, Emma Kay, Tanya Kovats, Maria Lalic, Hayley Newman, Paula Rego, Jemima Stehli and Tomoko Takahashi.
All the photographs are by Rebecca Fortnum, except Gillian Ayres and Tacita Dean that are by Richard Elliott.
Rebecca Fortnum is a Senior Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and a Research Fellow at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University. She is also a practising artist.
Her latest book 'Contemporary British Women Artists, in their own words' is a collection of brand new interviews with twenty of the most important women artists practicing internationally and based in Britain today:
'Enlightening, absorbing and frequently very funny, collected here are brand new interviews with twenty of the most important women artists practising internationally and based in Britain today. The interviews with artists spanning different generations and working in media and modes as diverse as performance art, painting, sculpture, video and installation, give first-hand insights into both the artists' lives and the creative process. Here we find out how it feels to perform in front of an audience; about having to make money whilst trying to make art, and about the struggle to work in the face of loaded intellectual and political expectations - having to defend a love of 'bourgeois' modernism, for example, or an ambivalent relationship with feminism. All the while the artists' genuine excitement about materials and the making process, as much as issues or ideas, shines through, making this a collection which will be particularly enjoyed by artists themselves.'

The book received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Talk & Discussion: Women Artists Now
Wednesday 21 February 6.30pm
Lecture Hall, Peckham Road
Camberwell College of Arts
London SE5 8UF
Entrance Free

Coinciding with the book launch and exhibition 'Contemporary British Women Artists, in their own words' at Foyer Space, Camberwell College of Arts, there will be a discussion of the book and issues arising from it with the author Rebecca Fortnum, Senior Lecturer (Camberwell College of Arts), writer Paula Smithard, Lecturer (Central St Martins) and Professor Reina Lewis, Artscom Centenary Professor in Fashion Studies (London College of Fashion).

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