Radical Women Symposium at Pallant House Gallery

I’m delighted to be speaking at next month’s Radical Women Symposium at one of my favourite galleries, Pallant House in Chichester. I’m going to be sharing my research into the women who exhibited with, or helped organise, the Arts League of Service (ALS) and the Artists International Association (AIA).

Jessica Dismorr
by Jessica Dismorr
oil on gesso board, circa 1929
NPG 6393© National Portrait Gallery, London

The symposium has been organised to coincide with the current exhibition, Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries; Dismorr exhibited with both the ALS and the AIA alongside some other inspirational women: Anne Estelle Rice, Margaret Morris, Marion Dorn, Nina Hamnett, Winifred Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Claire Leighton, Edith Tudor Hart, Peggy Angus, Pearl Binder, Dorothy Annan and Gertrude Hermes. I won’t have time to explore them all (!) but I aim to examine what attracted these women to these organisations, both of which sought to ‘bring the arts into everyday life’.

The symposium features a fantastic line-up of speakers from art, design, architectural and literary history exploring the work of Ethel Wright, Margaret Morris, Maguerite Thompson Zorach, Helen Saunders, Dorothy Shakspear, Gladys Hynes, Dorothy Warren, Eva Dorothy/Julian Phelps, Mina Loy, Mary Swanzy and more. Quite a few of these women are new to me, so I can’t wait to learn more.

The Radical Women Symposium is on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February 2020: to view the full programme and to book tickets, visit the Pallant House Gallery website.

Those in or near Chichester might also be interested in the upcoming talk by Dr. Flavia Frigeri, ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’, which is at Pallant House on Thursday 23 January 2020 at 6pm.

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