International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is celebrated on 8th March every year.
Powerful and iconic works created by women were collected by the University from its founding days in the late sixties, by eminent UK artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Mary Martin. Quite a number of familiar names have since followed: Elizabeth Blackadder, Pat Douthwaite, Joan Eardley, Anne Redpath and more recently artists such as Katie Paterson and Jacqueline Donachie, who are major names in the contemporary art world. Although there is still room for improvement, around a third of the artists in the University’s permanent collection are women, which is a much better ratio than many other galleries.
To celebrate this international day of women, we show below a small selection of works by lesser known artists in the Collection (to search all of our artists click here). Some of these were purchased from early travelling print shows, others from local artists, and yet others were bequeathed or donated. From the beginning, the aim of the University was to be open and egalitarian, and this has at least to a certain extent been reflected in its collecting policy from the early days onwards.