A QUIET REVOLUTION: Bushey Women Artists at Bushey Museum and Art Gallery
26th January - 16th June 2019
A QUIET REVOLUTION: Bushey Women Artists A new exhibition at Bushey Museum highlights Bushey’s role in forwarding the careers of female artists. At a time when the domestic sphere was considered to be the cultural expression of the female world the Herkomer School of Art in Bushey was innovative in a number of ways, but particularly in its acceptance of female students working alongside their fellow male students. Also, although the sexes were segregated in the life classes, women artists were able to paint the nude male, with the minimum of clothing, when it was not allowed in the major art schools, where models were heavily draped from the waist down. Young female students were able to progress by teaching in their own studios, producing useful commercial work, e.g. design and book illustration and gave them the scope to travel abroad and record their observations.