Alice May Williams, film still from By The Accident Of Your Birth, 2017 (c) Alice May Williams
CJ Mahony, Still Life, Still Waiting, 2018. Photo Jonathan Bassett
Lindsay Seers, 2052selves (a biography) (c) Lindsay Seers & Keith Sargent - 2017
Melanie Wilson, Women of Record 2018 A Woman's Place Knole (c) National Trust Ciaran McCrickard
Emily Speed, Innards 2018 A Woman's Place Knole (c) National Trust Ciaran McCrickard
Lubaina Himid, Collars and Cuffs 2018 A Woman's Place Knole (c) National Trust Ciaran McCrickard
A WOMAN’S PLACE AT KNOLE
KNOLE HOUSE, SEVENOAKS, KENT, TN15 0RP
17 MAY –4 NOVEMBER 2018
Commissioned artists, Lubaina Himid, CJ Mahony, Lindsay Seers, Emily Speed, Alice May Williams & Melanie Wilson. Curated by Lucy Day & Eliza Gluckman.
Six contemporary art commissions highlight the progression towards equality through the stories of women who have contributed to the spirit & history of Knole.
A Woman’s Place at Knole shone a light on historical women’s voices, marking 100 years since the Representation of the People Act that gave women the vote in the UK for the first time. Women had to be over 30 and either they, or their husband, meet a property qualification.
This critical moment in history is no better illustrated than at Knole where the rules of inheritance impacted so significantly on the women who lived there. Six commissions on site at National Trust’s Knole by Lubaina Himid, CJ Mahony, Emily Speed, Alice May Williams & Melanie Wilson, and an online work by Lindsay Seers. Each artist responded, through different media – sculpture, sound, film, interventions and a website, with commissioned works that encompassed love, betrayal, class, gender and inheritance.
The National Trust’s Women and Power was a year-long programme of events and exhibitions celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act through the telling of less-known and often hidden stories of women at National Trust places, including some of those involved in the fight for suffrage.
The programme included a number of events across the South East in 2017 & 18 and at Knole in 2018. Head over to the Events page to see what we got up to.
For more information, go to the Exhibitions page on the A Woman;'s Place site,