Art Explorations on line – Women and Public Art

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Date(s) - 09/12/2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Art Explorations are a series of walks investigating artworks displayed in outdoor settings in London and beyond, created and led by Gail Astbury, public art enthusiast as well as a practitioner in her own right.

We’ve adapted to the times and are thrilled to be offering a guided public art tour for all to enjoy from home. The tour will be held on Zoom using Google Streetview, and will be recorded too. It will take approximately 60 minutes, and there will be a chance to ask questions during
the tour.

Before researching our previous 12 Art Explorations on line, Gail Astbury was certain that women were under-represented in the number of public art works that are commissioned.  So she has devised a tour that looks at Women and Public Art, taking examples of works that are on display around the world.

Perhaps the best known, early example of public art created by women, is the Bayeux tapestries.  Post-war Britain when parks were being converted back from market gardens and vegetable plots, local governments commissioned many new public art works, from both men and women, but in the latter half of the twentieth century, commissions of women artists fell again.  Does the 21st century beckon a new dawn for women and public art? From Gail’s discoveries the proportion of works being commissioned from women is increasing with many fine examples, as this tour will reveal.

The virtual tour takes around an hour and there will be opportunities to chat en route.

To book, there is no set ticket price on this Virtual Tour – we give you a choice at various price points – we hope you appreciate the efforts we put in to put these events on – many thanks, Andrew & Gail. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to book.

Working for the NHS or as a key worker? – no need to pay for a ticket as we are in your debt, just reserve a ticket below – please make sure you do as we won’t know to whom we need to send joining instructions.

After booking, you will receive a confirmation e mail (this may take a few hours)You will then receive details of the Zoom meeting vie e mail within 3 hours of the start of the tour – the email will include a link to the virtual tour.

Don’t want to pay via PayPal? – don’t worry, you can pay be credit card – check here to see the steps you will encounter when you book.

Can’t join on these dates / Missed your chance to join – send us a note via our Get in Touch form as if we have sufficient sign ups we may run these tours again.

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Featured Image credit: Louise Bougoise and British Museum


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