Scottish Women Artists: 250 Years of Challenging Perception

Embracing key artistic movements and developments from the last 250 years, Dovecot Studios celebrates the works of Scottish women artists in a major new exhibition.



28th July 2023 - 6th January 2024
General admission: £10.50 per person

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Scottish Women Artists: 250 Years of Challenging Perception highlights the pioneering women who broke down prejudices and barriers, challenging and paving the way for the contemporary art scene in Scotland.

Working with The Fleming Collection and encompassing painting, photography and textile art, this new exhibition features over 70 outstanding works by over 45 artists. Focusing on significant ‘firsts’ in Scottish art, visitors will be able to see works by The Glasgow Girls – the first generation of Scottish women to be formally and professionally trained in the arts; Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, the first woman elected to both the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy; and Catherine Read, who was the first formally trained Scottish woman artist in the 18th century.

Artists from the 20th century include post-war artist Joan Eardley; Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, one of Scotland’s – and Britain’s – foremost abstract artists and Anne Redpath, who fought against convention to win a place in the formal Scottish artistic community.

Contemporary artists are well represented too, with works from the likes of Alison Watt, Rachel Maclean and Alberta Whittle. Scottish Women Artists: 250 Years of Challenging Perception runs from 28 July 2023 to 06 January 2024. Tickets can be purchased on Dovecot Studios’ website.