Curator’s Tour: Women & Water

February 8, 2024 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Join us for a tour of Women & Water with exhibition curator Naomi Polonsky, including an in-depth analysis of the artworks on display, a broader look at water-themed works by women and an insight into the curatorial decisions behind the exhibition.


Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of 17 women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences.

Artists: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Phoebe Boswell, Joyce W. Cairns, Eileen Cooper, Betsy Damon, Tracey Emin, Mary Fedden, Elisabeth Frink, Marcelle Hanselaar, Chloe Ho, Laura Knight, Sarah Lederman, Joanna Moss, Rachel Nicholson, May Stevens, Madinah Farhannah Thompson, Janet White

For these artists, water represents both a source of pleasure and refuge and a threatening, foreboding presence. In their depictions of water, the artists reflect on family relationships, personal griefs and generational traumas. Water also becomes a symbol of new life, the passage of time and the possibility of renewal.