Barbican Arts Group Trust is delighted to announce the first exhibition of it’s 2014 Programme
Desperate ArtWives - Up The Wall. Curated by Amy Dignam and Nadia Spita (Art Cafe London). An eclectic colllection of women’s artwork
Sam Alderslade, Karen Barnett, Amy Dignam, Rachel Fallon, Esther Geis, Juliet Guiness, Tracey Kershaw, Louise Nevett, Sharon Reeves, Julie Swindel
Desperate Artwives, set up in 2011, is a collective of women artists whose work is entirely created in between domestic chores, paying the bills and family life.
The brainchild of conceptual artist and mother of three Amy Dignam,Desperate Artwiveshas provided an opportunity for artists from all over the world to show their work.
The challenges presented to artists with families provided the inspiration for the collection and common themes include identity, gender, domesticity and the realities of motherhood and familial relations.Desperate Artwivespresents these intensely personal and yet universal themes in powerful, unsentimental and often surprising ways.
"Women's art practice is rich in disruptions, side tracks, blurred boundaries and multiple identities. The titleDesperate Artwivesimplies frankness, humour, anguish and ambition, this is a fascinating and timely project.”
Althea Greenan, Special Collection Curator at the Women's Art Library.
Desperate Artwives is supported by Women’s Art Library, Goldsmith University of London.