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Berwick Educational Association Lectures: The Glasgow Girls and the Suffragettes

The first in a series of three lectures from Berwick Educational Association with Professor Maria Chester alongside Berwick Visual Arts Spirited exhibition on display at the Granary Gallery.

In 1885, Sir William Fettes Douglas, President of the Royal Scottish Academy, said publicly that the work of a woman artist was ‘like a man’s only weaker and poorer.’

The role of women within Modernist movements has been largely neglected. In the 1890s there was an intense interest in the cult of “new” movements and ideas. This concept of “new” was also applied to women: they were demanding equal opportunities, open universities, sensible dresses, women’s suffrage and equal rights.

What caused this sudden explosion of female talent at the Glasgow School of Art from 1890? Probably it was due to Fra Newbery, its "influential" and "progressive” headmaster who created an environment in which women artists could flourish. Another probable cause was the Glasgow Society of Lady Artist’s Club which was the first residential club in Scotland run by and for women. Female Glasgow School of Art students as well as members of the Lady Artist’s Club took an active part in the production of banners and fundraising activities trying to help and support women campaigning for the right to vote.

Together, we shall review all these events and try to understand the impact that the Glasgow Girls have had in our daily lives today.

Followed by a tour of the exhibition 1-2pm for an additional £3.

All lectures
1. The Glasgow Girls and the Suffragettes - 15 June
2. Women Artists Between the Wars - 27 July
3. Spirited: Women Artists from the Ingram Collection - 15 August

View the full public programme of events for Spirited - Women Artists from The Ingram Collection of Modern Art HERE.
Year: 2018
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