The Real World: Art, Gender and the Media


06 Mar 2014
Opening times:

7pm - 8.30pm

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Tickets £6.50/£4.50 concessions. *Proof of concessions and membership to be presented upon arrival.

Is the work of female artists still undervalued by the media? How have artists used or challenged this within their work?  This seminar will explore the impact that critical recognition may have on a career; open up a discussion around media, communication and representation; and explore some of the value systems at play in contemporary practice.

Rebecca Fortnum will be joined in conversation by Cherry Smyth, moderated by Orlagh Woods from Artquest.

Rebecca Fortnum is an artist and academic. Her book, Contemporary British Women Artists; in their own words, was published by IB Tauris in 2007. Recent exhibitions include The Imagination of Children and a solo exhibition, Absurd Impositions, both at the V & A’s Museum of Childhood (2011), as well as a solo exhibition, Self Contained, at the Freud Museum London (2013) and Separations III at Semmer Berlin in 2014.  Fortnum was instrumental in founding the artist-run spaces Cubitt and Gasworks, both in London.  Her most recent publications, On Not Knowing; how artists think which she co-edited with Lizzie Fisher was published in 2013. She is Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University.

Cherry Smyth is a critic, curator, poet and novelist.  She co-curated Limber: spatial painting practices with Jost Münster at the Herbert Read Gallery, 2013.  She writes for Art Monthly, Art Review and Kaleidoscope.  Her latest poetry collection is Test, Orange, Pindrop Press, 2011 and her novel, Hold Still, 2013, about the role of the female muse in 19th century art, is available from Holland Park Press. See

In partnership with and  supported by Artquest.

Event Address: 
Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX