Banner: Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, 2015 © Anne-Katrin Purkiss

This exhibition displayed a selection of portrait photographs of leading artists, writers and scientists from the archive of Anne-Katrin Purkiss. It was dedicated to women working in creative professions, defined broadly to encompass scientific as well as artistic production.

The images were brought together in order to challenge our unconscious bias of a successful scientist or artist as a male figure. The portraits are a tribute to women of different generations and backgrounds who share an exceptional creative ability and who have thus become an inspiration to others—both women and men.


Sophie Ryder, sculptor, 2016 © Anne-Katrin Purkiss

Two considerations shaped the idea of an exhibition featuring portraits of women alongside their work: in a wider context, the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom; and more specifically, the photographer’s conversations with women artists and scientists in the course of commissioned work or her own photographic projects.

11 January - 18 March 2020
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