Women artists gain wall space at Tate Britain


More works by women artists will be on view at Tate Britain this spring as part of a major revamp of the permanent collection, led by Alex Farquharson, which comprises a total of 800 works by 350 artists. "On 23 May, Tate Britain will open a complete rehang of its free collection displays. This will be the first time in ten years that the national collection of British art is presented anew," a Tate statement says.

"Half the contemporary artists on display will be women, from Bridget Riley and Tracey Emin to Kudzanai-Violet Hwami and Lydia Ourahmane. Tate's longstanding commitment to diversifying its collection means the gallery can also showcase great women artists from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including many who have never been shown at Tate before," the statement adds.

Works by Rachel Jones-lick your teeth, they so clutch (2021)-and Marianne Stokes-A Fisher Girl's Light, A Pilgrim of Volendam returning from Kevelaer, 1899)-are among the highlights.

In addition, more than 200 works acquired since 2000 by artists such as Derek Jarman, Gluck, Takis, Kim Lim and Donald Locke are on display. New commissions, meanwhile, include two climbable concrete sculptures by Sarah Lucas on the front lawn and a site-specific ceiling mural by France-Lise McGurn at the Djanogly Café.

Other large-scale installations include Vong Phaophanit's Neon Rice Field (1993)-consisting of seven tons of dry, white long-grain rice underlaid with six parallel tubes of red neon light-and Anya Gallaccio's Preserve 'beauty' (1991-2003) comprising bright red flowers arranged in four adjacent rectangular compositions underneath large panes of clear glass.

Popular galleries dedicated to the Pre-Raphaelite artists and JMW Turner will also be rehung with new rooms dedicated to John Constable and William Blake.