From March 2019
Richard Saltoun Gallery
41 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4NS, UK
From March 2019, Richard Saltoun Gallery is dedicating 100% of its programme to women. This 12-month programme is part of the gallery’s long-standing commitment to supporting under-recognised and under-represented female artists. 100% Women aims to protest the gender inequality that persists in the art world and encourage wider industry action through debate, dialogue and collaboration.
100% Women will open on 1 March with the gallery’s first solo exhibition of work by the British artist Rose English, an integral figure in the development of performance art in Britain. The exhibition will provide rich insights into this element of English’s practice, as well as her work in other art forms: photography, painting and ceramics. In April the Belgian artist Lili Dujourie, a key force in the 1970s Feminist avant-garde movement, presents her first solo exhibition in London in over 20 years, followed in May by an exhibition celebrating the life and career of French artist Gina Pane, who became known for using her body as a site to explore ideas around abuse, experience and empathy. Coinciding with Mayfair Art Weekend in June 2019, Penny Slinger‘s exhibition focuses on the British-born, LA-based artist’s interest and development of Tantric art, while Austrian artist Renate Bertlmann, who will be the first women to represent her country with a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale in May 2019, exhibits work from the 1970s until today. Paola Ugolini, curator of the inaugural exhibition ‘Women Look at Women’ at the gallery’s new location on Dover Street in February 2018, returns to present ‘Around an idea of new Italian Feminism’, featuring Italian artists Silvia Giambrone and Marinella Senatore. The programme will also feature Marie Yates and will close in January 2020 with a group show dedicated to themes of ‘motherhood’, exploring the issues and choices facing women today.
In most aspects of the art world – from sales and auction results to solo exhibitions in major institutions – male artists continue to outnumber their female counterparts in the majority of activities that signify the development of an artist’s career. Through 100% Women, Richard Saltoun Gallery aims to redress this persistent gender imbalance, whilst cementing its ongoing support of female artists. The programme will pursue its mission through a combination of gallery exhibitions, art fair presentations, artist talks, a newly launched film and lecture series, external collaborations and digital exhibitions hosted on its new online platform – all of which will feature artists represented by the gallery, as well as emerging artists and artists without direct representation to achieve greater inclusivity.