Una Richmond (Sussex University)
Una Richmond is a Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Sussex. The purpose of Richmond’s thesis is to explore the in/visibility of women artists, focusing on the Women’s International Art Club (WIAC) in the mid to late twentieth century. Widely excluded from male dominated salons and academies the WIAC was established in 1900 to enable professional women artists to exhibit their work. The club disbanded in 1976 due to lack of funding and has been largely neglected by historians despite an esteemed membership. Richmond's thesis will ask why female only art groups like the WIAC are absent from the historiography of women’s art by exploring how the WIAC negotiated the dominance of patriarchal institutions, how they managed logistical challenges and how critical discourses have impacted the reputation and reception of art by women. She will also analyse the artists’ work and their lives, amidst considerable social, political and cultural change during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Keywords: Women’s International Art Club (WIAC); twentieth century; gender; 1950-1975; feminism, modernism; exhibiting groups; in/visibility of women artists.
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