Women in Museums
Museums are created to show art, but they are also an invaluable place to hold conversations where critical thinking takes place on subjects such as current affairs, tolerance, gender equality, creative thinking, politics, human rights and more.
Every day of our lives, we come into contact with seemingly innocuous images that are in fact ideologically driven. Adverts in the Underground or on TV, photos in the press and Hollywood movies all transmit ideas about issues such as gender, class, nationality and ethnicity. It is very easy to remain oblivious to the effects these can have on society, as such images from the media and popular culture tend to be consumed in a state of distraction.
A visit to a gallery can be a similar experience for the untrained eye. The gallery bombards us with so many images that it can be hard to take in anything at all, let alone to look at the works from a critical standpoint.
Our contemporary visual culture, from ads to films, is highly influenced by the canon of art history and, through this, the predominant ‘gaze’ of Western patriarchy and its ways of representing the world. Yes, art from the past can be beautiful, but it is also telling us some often quite uncomfortable things. There is a lot to be gained from examining pictures in galleries to see how they can be relevant to issues in contemporary society, as well as to our own personal experiences.
Our workshops concentrate on visual literacy: learning how to look at and ‘read’ artworks and, by extension, all manner of images that we see day to day. Aiming to escape a passive reception and acceptance of art, we promote the act of looking as an active, critical dialogue.
Museums Visits available
Women and Ceramics
Where: Victorian and Albert Museum, Ceramics Room
Duration: 1.5 Hours
A wonderful, inspiring session in the ceramic rooms at the Victoria and Albert Museum. During the visit, we will learn about the unique relationship between women and clay throughout history. We will discover the rarely-discussed, yet fundamental role of ceramics in British society and we will discuss its role in our own lives as women and, above all, as individuals. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore one of the lesser-known galleries in the V&A!
Women and Ceramics II is an additional workshop aiming to explore the relationship between women and clay. The group will discuss issues related to women and gender while creating their own pieces of pottery from clay.
Women at the National Gallery
Where: National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Entrance
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Have you ever wondered why so many of the images of women that we see in museums are nudes? Or why there are so few women artists? Or what role women have played in the history of art?
All these questions and more will be discussed in an interactive dialogue between the public and paintings, during a visit concentrating on gender, art and social matters. Come and help us to re-think art history from the perspectives of contemporary women!
If you are a group of people, a charity or an organisation that would like to book a private visit, please let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lon-art.org welcomes people of all backgrounds and ages for these workshops.
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