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Art Editorial

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Opening on the same weekend as International Women’s Day at The Bowes Museum ‘blimey! Lucretia’ aims to spark a conversation around the representation of women in art and beyond.

The blimey! Collective is a group of female-led Darlington based artists who, here, are using The Bowes Museum’s recent exhibition ‘The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia’ as a catalyst to open up the debate about the representation of women in art and the story of Lucretia. In a series of ‘Piercing Lucretia’ sessions people of all genders were invited to express their response to the painting by sewing on a miniature textile image of it, while seated at Lucretia’s table, reminiscent of the pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago’s iconic The Dinner Party. It is these patches, which number approximately 500, along with Lucretia’s table, that will make up the central point of this immersive installation, as they are displayed sewn onto denim jackets work by dozens of mannequins, which visitors are able to walk around and amongst.

blimey! Lucretia, 7 March-10 May, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. thebowesmuseum.org.uk