From March 2019, Richard Saltoun Gallery is dedicating 100% of its programme to women. This 12-month programme is part of the gallery’s long-standing commitment to supporting under-recognised and under-represented female artists and aims to protest the gender inequality that persists in the commercial art world.
Today less than 30% of artists represented by major commercial galleries in London are women, with only 5% of galleries representing an equal number of male and female artists. In most aspects of the art world – from sales and auction results to solo exhibitions in major institutions – male artists continue to outnumber their female counterparts in the majority of activities that signify the development of an artist’s career. According to the 2018 report by the Freelands Foundation, a charitable organisation founded by Elisabeth Murdoch that tackles critical issues of inequality, the representation of women in the commercial gallery section has reached a new low, indicating that women continue to be excluded from the mainstream commercial art market.
100% Women opens with the gallery's first solo exhibition with Rose ENGLISH, followed by exhibitions of work by Lili DUJOURIE, Gina PANE, Penny SLINGER, Renate BERTLMANN, Silvia GIAMBRONE, Marinella SENATORE and Marie YATES. Alongside gallery exhibitions, the programme pursues its misson through a combination of art fair presentations, artist talks, a newly launched film and lecture series and external collaborations.
Online exhibitions, several featuring non-represented and emerging artists, will be staged through the gallery’s new digital platform as part of its commitment to nurturing great inclusivity. Online exhibitions will launch on 1 March with a group presentation 'Women Artists After Empire', curated by Lynda Morris, with a new digital show presented on the first each month. Female artists will also be celebrated through the gallery's social media channels through the campaign #365daysofwomeninart. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to learn about inspiration female artists.
Richard Saltoun, Gallery Founder and Director, says:
“For me, supporting female artists, and equality in general, has always been a driving motivational force. As a father to two young girls, this is an opportunity for me to do something for them and help secure a better future for women. Whilst we have achieved gender parity in our roster of artists –50% of the artists we represent or exhibit frequently are women – this is an opportunity for us to discuss equality on a bigger scale. Our aim is to ensure the female artists who have made a great impact on the development of contemporary art are duly noted in art history. We want to take responsibility for this and set an example, but of course still have room to grow. Following 100% Women, our programme will extend beyond gender equality, seeking to shine light on under-represented figures despite their race, nationality, religion or geographical location - we will continue developing our programme and taking on new artists with this in mind.”