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Art Activist Barbie

At the beginning of March, Dr. Sarah Williamson illustrated talk with ‘Art Activist Barbie’ on creative subversion in galleries and museums.

Dr. Sarah Williamson from the University of Huddersfield, with the help of a Barbie doll, is on a mission to highlight the lack of female artists represented in our galleries and museums.

Barbie, with the aid of a fabulous wardrobe and armed with mini placards is cleverly photographed in front of various paintings and statues, protesting at the way that women are portrayed as scantily clad/naked maids and sirens throughout history. ArtActivistBarbie has a world-wide following on Twitter and has even been to Westminster to highlight her campaign to ministers.

Sarah’s talk sparked a lot of lively discussion with members. She was thanked by Lynda who presented Sarah with a new Barbie to help her with future campaigns.


Acrylic Landscape demonstration

On 17th February we had a demonstration by our society president Paul Talbot-Greaves.

Paul created two different landscapes, one on canvas board and one on acrylic paper. It was interesting to learn about the differences in the techniques he applied to each painting, the affect of using matt medium with acrylic paint, working dark to light, using a test strip to match a colour before applying and much more.

Paul also brought in some of his artwork which was inspiring to see. We are all looking forward to applying what we have learned at next weeks meeting.