CFP: Overlooked Women Artists and Designers

'Gretchen' by Joanna Mary Wells

‘Gretchen’ by Joanna Mary Wells

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Overlooked Women Artists and Designers

Monday 7 December 2015, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

A British Art Research Network Seminar organised in collaboration with Dr. Patricia de Montfort and Prof.Clare A.P. Willsdon, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow.

Nan West… Jessie Keppie… Beatrix Whistler… Mary Hill Burton… Florence Chaplin… Sylvia Lawrence… Marie Egner… Mrs. Bernard Darwin…Who is she?

From the lone watercolourist to the Arts and Crafts partner, or the exhibitor under her husband’s name,this question echoes through the history of art and design, and despite modern interest in women artists, many remain little known. Focusing on a period when women benefited from a wealth of new opportunities for training, patronage, and exhibition, this seminar forms a sequel to Dr. Patricia de Montfort’s Louise Jopling in-focus display currently at The Hunterian, and will complement the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art exhibition on Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965, which opens in November 2015. In asking ‘Why invisible?’, it will reflect on these and other exhibition and research projects, giving attention to methodological issues raised by women artists’ work, as well as its analysis,display, and popular or critical reception.

Call for Contributions

It is hoped that the ‘Overlooked Women Artists, 1851-1918’ seminar will give attention not only to ‘fine’ but also to applied art, and to discuss examples from beyond as well as within Scotland, such as the training or work in Britain of foreign women artists. Specific themes and topics are expected to include: art school education and the female student; women and the art market; women and the ‘media of men’ (mural painting and monumental decoration);‘nation and region’; curating women artists and designers; and women artist’ networks ofprofessional practice.

Proposals for papers (10 minutes each) should be sent by 1st October 2015 to Dr.Patricia de Montfort (

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