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RCA Talk with Subject Matter: Women Artists & A Brave New Art World

20 February 2019 | 4pm – 5.30pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre


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We are in the middle of a changing art world. This event promises to take these changes and explore if they are to the benefit of women and also non-white artists. We'll discuss positive actions that we as curators, gallerists, journalists - and artists - can all make. The lecture will launch the online exhibition Align, showcasing the work of eight talented RCA artists on

Claire Mander is director and curator of her curatorial practice, the CoLAB. It forms collaborations across sectors to support and promote sculptural practice in general and site-specific interventions in particular through residencies and commissions, the most recent of which are Women Make Sculpture and Body and Place. She is Trustee and Chair of UK Friends of National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC) the only museum dedicated to art by women in the world.

Mary Ahearn is a freelance writer specialising in contemporary art and the art market. Mary graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC with double degrees in Art History and Italian, and also holds a Master degree in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. She specialises in research surrounding issues of gender inequality for contemporary female artists, both in institutions and in the art market. Currently, she works in the Valuations Department of Christie’s.

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee is an artist based between London and Singapore. Her work navigates the nuances and intricacies that arise out of history and memory. Themes of displacement and nostalgia weave in and out of her storytelling, whilst working upon central human issues such as belonging and loss. Drawing from the politics of identity, ethnography, and linguistics, her work is an attempt to re-examine the structures of recall and perception. By negotiating the ‘Us’-and-‘Them’ dynamic through visual and textual interventions, her practice works to rethink a singular history, steering narratives toward alternate and fluid territories. Lee also runs XING, which sheds light on the trailblazing lives of East and Southeast Asian women today. XING champions the vagabonds, challenges hegemony, and celebrates a oneness through image and prose. The inaugural volume of XING (2017) explores the current landscape of women in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

This event has been organised by the School of Arts & Humanities. For more information please contact Anne Duffau.