Edinburgh Printmakers present new exhibition for International Women's Day

Ruth Ewan, Principles (Edward & Christopher)

Ruth Ewan, Principles (Edward & Christopher), 2012 Blocktype and Screenprint paper and image_ 56x76cm Edition of 30

Virtual viewing rooms bring to life limited edition prints by Maya Hollis, Kristin Nordhøy, Jenny Pope, Ruth Ewan and Moyna Flannigan

To coincide with International Women's Day, Edinburgh Printmakers are displaying a selection of prints by five resident female artists running from 5 March – 11 April.

The Choose To Challenge exhibition takes its name from this year's International Women's Day theme and includes new prints by Maya Hollis, Kristin Nordhøy and Jenny Pope, alongside existing works by Ruth Ewan and Moyna Flannigan.

Although the exhibition largely aims to raise the profile of female artists working in Scotland, a selection of the works touch on themes of womanhood in more ways than one.

Maya Holliss, Pleione

Maya Holliss, Pleione, Stone and plate lithograph printed in 4 colours (Paper size) 42.5x38cm Image size_ 23.8x22cm Edition of 20

Maya Holliss' work draws parallels between the cyclical tides of the female reproductive body and organic bodies of water found in nature. Her featured piece Pleione is described as 'a meditation on our amniotic origins,' which explored the use of 'sonographic charting of the sea'.

Moyna Flannigan's featured Femme Fatales are a series of ironic portraits depicting women according to the 'toxic stereotypes' bestowed upon them by men. Each print has been given the name of a poisonous flower (belladonna, foxglove, anemone).

Edinburgh Printmakers has an archive of over 4000 original fine art prints made by artists in close collaboration with the gallery's own studio technicians.

The Choose to Challenge exhibition is the third curated series being held virtually, presenting rare or unseen prints from the archive, as the Castle Mills galleries remain closed to the public under government lockdown rules.

Moyna Flannigan, Belladonna

Moyna Flannigan, Belladonna, 2000 Lithograph 54x39cm (Paper size) 24x20cm (Image size) Edition of 20

CEO of Edinburgh Printmakers Shân Edwards said: 'Like many visual arts organisations with studio facilities we have remained closed to the public, members and artists in 2021. The latest lockdown has highlighted not only the value of access to workshop and studio facilities for artists but the vital role art plays in helping us all deal with the challenges of this pandemic and its place in our collective recovery. In addition, more than ever we want to ensure the work of artists is still as visible as possible so we are delighted to have the opportunity to curate a selection of works to mark International Women's Day 2021.'

'Although great progress has been made in championing women and other minority groups in the art world in recent years, there is still a long way to go to achieve equality in the industry. Today, less than 14% of living artists represented by galleries in Europe and North America are women, and only 4% of art sales at auction between 2008 to 2019 accounted for work made by women.'

From Ruth Ewan's striking statement in Principles, to Moyna Flannigan's subversive Femme Fatales with their dangerous allure and poisonous plant names, we hope this collection plays its part in raising the profile of women artists working in Scotland.'

Prints will be available to purchase from the Edinburgh Printmakers Viewing Rooms on edinburghprintmakers.viewingrooms.com/viewing-room, with prices starting at £120.

Choose to Challenge

Edinburgh Printmakers host virtual print exhibition featuring new works by Maya Hollis, Kristin Nordhøy and Jenny Pope.

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