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, Silvia GIAMBRONE, Marinella SENATORE and more. 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.