Kaylee Jenkinson tells us more about a new display at the Walker Art Gallery featuring prints by Bridget Riley, Thérèse Lessore, Paule Vezelay, Birgit Skiold and E.C. Austen Brown.
"Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day (IWD) – a day for celebrating the achievements of women across the world.I have been working on 'Women in Print' a new display at the Walker (Room 8) featuring five artists who I have fallen in love with over the past few months! The Walker has a huge collection of works on paper – over 8,000 in fact – many of which are by women artists and have never been on display before. One print from the display, ‘Coffee Bar’ (early 20th Century), was made by Thérèse Lessore who was married to the artist Walter Richard Sickert. Before they were married, Sickert loved her work so much that used to secretly make his friends buy her prints, paintings and porcelain for him – so that he didn’t appear too keen! On IWD this year, I will be giving two talks (at 1pm and 3pm) about the five women in this display, who have all been important throughout the past 100 years of printmaking. The Walker itself has been very influential in collecting and exhibiting artworks by women artists over time. Although these women may have been forgotten by many people, I hope that this display will make many of you fall in love with them too." More information on IWD events at National Museums Liverpool here.