You wait ages for a major exhibition to come to Ipswich and suddenly two arrive together. While Rodin scandalised the visitors to the mansion (see page 6), a short walk away the Art School Gallery in Upper High Street hosted the magnificent exhibition of one hundred works of art by women.

Painting, drawing, sculpture and print-making celebrated women artists and the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which first gave some women the right to vote.

‘The Women 100 is a fantastic exhibition showing some of the works held by the Ipswich Museum which have not really seen the light of day properly as they should have. There are some wonderful pieces of work: pastels from the First World War showing the blackout  and many beautiful paintings.’ (Valerie Irwin, whose work was included in the exhibition).

Bridget Riley, Anna Airy, Amy Katherine Browning, Ellen Mary Rope, Blanche G. Vulliamy. Rose Mead, Dame Laura Knight, Maggi Hambling and Jelly Green were included in a wide-ranging and varied selection. This exhibition was funded by the Government Equalities Office. Very well done, the Borough and the Museums and Galleries ‘Friends’, curators and staff.      R.G.

Left: 'Mum' by Jelly Green; below: portraits by Anna Airey

 

 

 

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