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Talk Models and Militants: Women in the Life Room

Models and Militants: Women in the Life Room

The Life Room, Royal Academy of Arts, London. ┬ęThe Estate of Russell Westwood


Join Annette Wickham, Curator of Works on Paper at the RA, to uncover the story of women and life drawing and explore the militant campaigns, changing attitudes and evolution of the professional female artist.

Life drawing was the lynchpin of an artist’s training from the Renaissance to the late 20th century. Unless the aspiring artist happened to be a woman, that is. Female students were denied access to the life classes run by academies and art schools for much of this period on the grounds of moral propriety. At some establishments, like the Royal Academy Schools, women would only be found in the Life Room as models, not as artists. This exclusion meant that women had trouble being accepted as professional artists and the situation was only gradually improved from the late 19th century onwards.

This talk will explore the story of women and life drawing, including female artists’ campaigning for access to art education, as well as the changing attitudes towards female models in art schools.

Booking details
This talk will have live subtitles by Stagetext and British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation. Tickets cost £10.00 (£7.00 concession). Please reserve your place by using the Book Now link below.

Event details

Mon 5 Mar 2018, 11:00am

Live subtitling by Stagetext

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Venue details

Royal Academy of Arts
Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
Burlington House, Piccadilly

Phone: 020 7300 8090

Website: Royal Academy of Arts

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