• Mad Mother

Robins, Freddie, 2015, Show, Exhibition or Event, Mad Mother

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The new work, Mad Mother, was exhibited in Liberties, an exhibition of contemporary art reflecting on 40 years since the sex discrimination act, curated by Day + Gluckman. The exhibition will be touring to The Exchange, Penzance, 22 October 2016 – 7 January 2017. Liberties includes the work of 24 women artists including Helen Chadwick, Jo Spence, Joy Gregory and Rose Finn-Kelcey. The works will reflect the changes in art practice within the context of sexual and gender equality since the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act (1975) in the UK. Some artists confront issues that galvanised the change in law whilst others carved their own place in a complex and male dominated art world. From the radical movements of the 1960s and 70s, the politics of the 80s, the boom of lad culture in the 1990s to the current fourth wave of feminism, encouraged largely through and because of social media, all of the artists’ question equality and identity in very different ways. 
The exhibition presents a snapshot of the evolving conversations that continue to contribute to the mapping of a woman’s place in British society.  Body, femininity, sex, motherhood, economic and political status are explored through film, photography, sculpture, performance and painting.

The curatorial partnership, Day + Gluckman. have been exploring the above themes for their research project, A Woman’s Place, which questions and addresses the contemporary position of women in our creative, historical and cultural landscape through contemporary art. The project embraces contemporary art and discussion; commissions, conversations and action. To date I have been part of the initial project discussion group (July 2013) and first symposium, CoHabiting: Contemporary Art, History and Feminism (January 2015) as well as this initial exhibition. Project partners are Ham House & Gardens, Knole House and Mottisfont, National Trust and Danson House, Bexley Heritage Trust. The research and development of the project is funded by the Arts Council.

Official URL: http://www.dayandgluckman.co.uk/liberties
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design > W231 Textile Design
School or Centre: School of Material
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 17:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 14:37
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2161

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