125: Celebrating Women from the Collection

The Spanish Woman; Edith Collier, 1920.
The Spanish Woman; Edith Collier, 1920.
In recognition of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, Sarjeant Gallery have brought together this stunning exhibition from the Sarjeant’s permanent collection.

The Sarjeant’s collection is not alone in its gender imbalance, and male artists far out-weigh the female. In this exhibition that imbalance is addressed with 125: Celebrating Women from the Collection including a number of notable works by women including Robyn Kahukiwa’s powerful two metre high painting from 1985 – ‘He Toa Takitahi (He Whakatauaki: E hara toa i te toa takitahi engari takimano no aku tipuna – My strength is not individual it is collective).

Also featured is Whanganui painter Edith Collier who, as an art student in London at the outbreak of the first World War was an observer to the efforts of English women to be of service  This work features in the exhibition as well as a selection of Collier’s portraits of women called Edith Collier: Ahead of her Time which is on view until 4 November.

One of the strengths of the Gallery’s collection has been its focus on collecting photography. Contemporary photographic practice by women is represented in 125: Celebrating Women from the Collection with works by Anne Noble, Megan Jenkinson and Ans Westra on view, alongside more recent examples by a new generation of photographers, such as Liyen Chong, Yvonne Todd and Roberta Thornley.

125: Celebrating Women from the Collection features intimate portraits, personal ephemera, and illustrations of traditional roles of women through to challenging and bold statements of identity. This exhibition provides another glimpse of the breadth of the Sarjeant Gallery’s nationally significant collection.

 

Visit www.sarjeant.org.nz for more details. 

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