Liss Llewellyn Fine Art propose, as an inaugural exhibition at
the newly restored Ambulatory at the Worshipful Company of
Mercers, to present ‘50/50; Fifty Women Artists 1910 – 1960’.
The exhibition will then tour to the Stanley and Audrey Burton
Gallery at Leeds University in April 2019. The exhibition will
mark the 100 th anniversary of the Representation of the People’s
During the Twentieth Century in Britain, despite the inequality
of opportunity, encouragement, patronage and critical attention,
many female artists produced powerful works that reflected their
daily lives and experiences, as they skilfully navigated careers in
the art world. Through a heterogeneous collection of painting
and sculpture by fifty artists, the exhibition will pay tribute to
the extraordinary cultural production of women in Britain during
a period of great change.
The exhibition will highlight the creative achievements of
better-known figures such as Evelyn Dunbar, Barbara Jones,
Laura Knight, Winifred Knights, Eileen Agar and Jessica
Dismorr. It will also shine a light on exceptional lesser-known
artists, including Gladys Hynes, Mary Adshead, Clara
Klinghoffer and Tirzah (Garwood) Ravilious, thereby
illuminating narratives that have slipped from the art historical
Including portraits and self-portraits, landscapes and cityscapes,
industrial scenes and images of war, the exhibition will consider
the ways in which 'feminine' virtues and values were shifting
and contested in 20th century visual culture. Indeed, the purpose
of the exhibition is not to try and impose a false homogeneity on
women artists, but to explore the diverse range of traditions and
styles in which they worked.
By addressing the long-undervalued contributions of women to
the art of 20-century Britain, ‘50/50’ will pay tribute to artists
who not only created remarkable works but also generated a
momentum towards a more egalitarian art world.