Showcasing a selection of 20th Century artwork, largely portraits of women created by both male and female artists, the display examines the role of women as equal subjects, rather then their traditional representation in art as passive nudes or erotic objects.
The exhibition speaks of the experiences and stories behind these women. One particular piece painted by artist Thomas Arthur Bridson, features the first women elected to the Wolverhampton Borough Council in 1921, Emma Lloyd Sproson.
With a keen interest in socialism and women’s rights from a young age, Emma Sproson grew up to become a key player in the Suffragette movement and women’s rights in Wolverhampton. In 1921 she ran for the Dunstall Ward and won, and in celebration of her victory it is said she waved a red flag from the town hall balcony, earning her the nickname ‘Red Emma.’
Helen Oliver, Curatorial Assistant at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, said:
“I am delighted to be showing this rich collection of artwork. It will provide visitors with a fascinating insight into the lives of the women who posed for these portraits and their past connections to Wolverhampton.”
Women in Focus runs until 6 February 2010, for more information please visit our website http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/