Germaine Greer is giving a talk in Liverpool this week as part of the Writing on the Wall's Rebel Rants series. Germaine recently discussed the lack of women's artwork in British galleries in a Guardian review of an exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, Paris. I was surprised by her comment that the National Gallery only has 10 works by female artists and only four on open display. I think it is safe to say the Walker Art Gallery was well ahead of its time in comparison. It has been collecting work by women since its foundation in 1870 and has amassed a large, varied and fascinating array of paintings, sculptures and decorative art objects.
The exhibition The Rise of Women Artists, which has been extended until 1 August 2010, reveals the highlights of this collection and is accompanied by a host of free events. International Women's Day on 8 March will be highlight of course, with a jam-packed day of free talks and tours.
Tickets are still available for Germaine's talk here.