Her Prints supports women artists by commissioning new work
Her Prints has commissioned a unique selection of risograph prints from twelve of the most talented female early-career contemporary artists. Through commissioning new work, Her Prints enables artists to train in a new area, expand their practice, experiment and take risks. The project encourages the development of artists’ careers by providing visibility, sales and support. Her Prints works exclusively with female artists in order to address the gender imbalance still prevalent in the contemporary art world. All the artists in this initial group are based in London and the South East of England.
An important aim of the project is to grow the number of works by female artists currently in contemporary collections. Her Prints aims to enable access to quality contemporary prints as an entry point to collecting contemporary art, to increase awareness and appreciation of contemporary art and bring more original art into people's homes. Purchases of artists’ prints will directly support their careers.
Her Prints exists online and in exhibitions in London. The project launched on 6 June 2019 with an exhibition at Koppel Project Central, London.
About the curator
Her Prints is run by Kate Neave, a curator and art writer based in London.
Kate curates exhibitions independently including most recently ‘Poem of the Pillow’ and ‘Rose Tinted Rupture’ and has assisted in the curating of large international exhibitions and collections such as Manifesta 11 and the Soho House collection. Kate has written extensively on contemporary art for publications including Dazed, Vice, Twin and Good Trouble.
You can read more about Kate here.
I launched Her Prints in June 2019 as a way to take positive action to bring attention and encouragement to female artists. As a writer and curator I find myself drawn to the work of female artists which often speaks directly to my interests and concerns. At the same time I continue to be surprised and saddened by the inequalities which perpetuate in the contemporary art world.
A 2019 report from the Freelands Foundation revealed that opportunities for female artists are increasing at a painfully slow rate and those opportunities are currently limited to the public sector. Data collected in 2016-19 across 120 London commercial galleries reveals that only 25 galleries show 50% or more women artists. Statistics between the same dates show a 1% decrease in female artists being represented by commercial galleries despite an increase of more than 250 artists being represented overall. This slow pace mirrors what is happening in other sectors across the world. ‘The Global Gender Gap Report 2018’ by the World Economic Forum, states that it will take 108 years to achieve gender parity at current rates of change.
Until there is gender equality, I believe women-only projects will continue to be necessary to bring visibility and support to female artists.
Risograph machines originated in Japan in the 1980s. They use a stencil and ink system to print one layer at a time similar to screen printing. Risograph printing is environmentally friendly, energy efficient and cost effective. It only takes a single print for the screen to be inked and ready to print multiple copies. The machines use soy ink which is low in chemical compounds normally found in petroleum based ink that cause air pollution, therefore reducing waste. Risograph prints have a distinct colourful charm and handmade quality.
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