Modern Masters Women

30 Jul 2020 – 29 Aug 2020

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 16:00

Free admission

The Scottish Gallery

Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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Celebrating the great women artists from the past 125 years in Scotland, Modern Masters Women seeks to challenge gender bias in art


Women have always been integral to the institution of art but, despite this, many women artists have found opposition in the narrative of art history, facing difficulty in gaining recognition.

Modern Masters Women at Edinburgh’s The Scottish Gallery seeks to look back as well as forward, celebrating major female artists throughout their history.  The exhibition revisits some of the great names of the past and others less well known today and most importantly invites many leading current painters to participate.  

Over the last hundred years, the exhibition history at The Scottish Gallery has included all major female Scottish artists and many who made contributions in an era when sexism was routine.  The art world was no exception to this gender bias and, often, women were regarded as models, mistresses and muses rather than candidates for the Academy.  

The exhibition includes works by: Anne Redpath (1895 - 1965), Lily Cottrell (1896 - 1984), Winifred McKenzie (1905 - 2001), Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912 - 2004), Joan Eardley (1921 - 1963), Bet Low (1924 - 2007), Barbara Balmer (1929 - 2017), Mardi Barrie (1930 - 2004), Pat Douthwaite (1934 - 2002), Sylvia Wishart (1936 - 2008), Lil Neilson (1938 - 1998), Elizabeth Blackadder, Victoria Crowe, Kate Downie, Claire Harkess, Angie Lewin, Hannah Mooney, Emily Sutton and Frances Walker.

The Scottish Gallery recommends that all visitors book an appointment to allow for maintained social distancing. Additionally, the exhibition and the accompanying publication can be viewed online. Audiences will also have the opportunity to take watch online events including lectures and meet the artist opportunities as well as films, blogs and podcasts.

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