On Sunday March 8th, International Women's Day, Saffron Gallery in Battle launches a major exhibition of female artists to celebrate inspirational, diverse and talented women. Exhibiting artists are highly collectable and include world leaders in their field, multi award-winners, former corporate high-flyers and a UN advocate for human rights. Showcasing their resident artists alongside invited guest artists, Saffron will curate a diverse and powerful exhibition, unashamedly dedicated to high-achieving women.
Saffron Resident Artists
World-leading body cast sculptor Louise Giblin MRBS exhibits work including her Dame Kelly Holmes and Heather Mills sculptures. Both athletes are highly competitive gold medal winners, triumphing despite many challenges. Additionally they have raised and distributed millions of pounds for charities in the UK and internationally, proving it's not only the artists who are leading ladies, but their subjects too.
Another Saffron sculptor, award-winning Eve Shepherd MRBS SPS, has been compared to Rodin and is "predicted to be on of the greatest artists of our time". Her work is exhibited in public spaces and held in private collections throughout the world. She is currently working on two separate commissions to portray Professor Stephen Hawking, one for Cambridge University, the other for Cape Town University.
Painters include multi award winners Helen Masacz and Margaretann Bennett RSW. Helen's 2013 After the Fall solo exhibition at Saffron received colossal public and peer acclaim and her work regularly shows at Saffron, the National Portrait Gallery, the Mall Galleries and Cork Street.
Margaretann is a Scottish painter with numerous awards under her belt. She's renowned for her intriguing and often dark depictions of the female figure, though her ladies are often compared to Glasgow born Margaretann herself - tough, pushing boundaries, and forces to be reckoned with!
Guest artists participating in the exhibition include Catriona Millar, another highly acclaimed Scottish painter. The Sunday Herald newspaper ranks Millar in the 'top five most collectable Scottish artists' and her sell-out shows bear testament to their evaluation.
Award-winning sculptor Hazel Reeves MRBS SPS SWA is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Council member of Society of Women Artists so her artistic credentials are in no doubt. She is also a major advocate for human rights and spent International Women's Day 2014 in New York presenting on women's rights as part of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Jane Ford was a corporate high-flyer in her former career as Head of Design for Minolta and Ricoh. Now proving hugely successful in her second career as an artist, she was commissioned to produce 200 paintings by a major UK corporation and now exhibits throughout the UK and in the US.
These artists, with others, will demonstrate just a sliver of the creativity, diversity and talent within the UK's female artistic community. Each has her own story, but all share a common thread: they are undeniably talented women, excelling at what they do.
The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday March 8th 2015 and runs until Thursday April 2nd. Exhibits will be available to view on www.SaffronGallery.co.uk shortly after the exhibition opens.