Challenging Convention

Young Woman in a Red Shawl (1917 - 1923) by Gwen John


Saturday 27 March - Saturday 19 June


Opening hours

Monday - Saturday10am-4.30pm
Bank holidaysClosed

Admission charges apply

Donation ticket£12
Standard ticket£10
12 and underFree
Family ticket**£20
Multi-visit ticket£19
Membership ticket***£5
Multi-visit ticket for members***£12

All funds raised from the sale of tickets for this exhibition go towards directly supporting the work of the Laing Art Gallery.

Max Card holders, members of NMDC and Museum Association and exhibition lenders: Free

*Concessions include senior citizens, 12-18 year olds, students, registered unemployed, disabled people (plus free entry for one carer).

**Two adults and two 12-18 year olds or one adult and three 12-18 year olds.

***Membership discount applies to Friends of the Laing, Art Fund members and Laing Exhibition Partners.

To be eligible for discounts you must show proof of age/status/membership

Booking details coming soon.


Challenging Convention  

The 20th century was a time of great change for women in Britain. Those born, raised and educated in the 19th century, then forming relationships and working in the 20th century saw extraordinary progress. But against that backdrop was their struggle to challenge the conventions imposed upon them by a patriarchal society. 

Challenging Convention explores four women artists – Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), Laura Knight (1877-1970), Gwen John (1876-1939) and Dod Procter (1890-1972) - through their lives and work in a climate of modernism, transformation and increasing emancipation. Each of them was embedded within a web of fellow artists and intellectuals; and made a significant impact on the profile of women artists within traditional institutions and in the public eye. 

This exhibition is curated by the Laing Art Gallery and brings significant works by Bell, Knight, John and Procter, from over forty UK public collections, to Newcastle. With support from The Golsoncott Foundation.   

Image: Young Woman in a Red Shawl (1917 - 1923) by Gwen John (1876–1939).Image courtesy of York Museums Trust 


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