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The RWA has a proud history of gender equality, providing parallel opportunities for women since its inception in 1844. This history is reflected in the RWA’s collections, which includes many leading women artists of the twentieth century, such as Dod Procter RA RWA, Vanessa Bell RWA, Mary Fedden PPRWA, Dame Elisabeth Frink RA RWA and Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RA RSA RWA.


Art Unlocked is an online talk series by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. This Curation is based on a talk by Alison Bevan, Director of the RWA, on 22nd September 2021. You can find a recording at https://youtu.be/OdKFl7uyh5A

6 artworks
Mrs Ellen Sharples
Photo credit: RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Mrs Ellen Sharples

Rolinda Sharples (1793–1838)

Oil on canvas

H 90 x W 72.4 cm

RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Ancilla with an Orange
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Ancilla with an Orange

Dod Procter (1892–1972)

Oil on canvas

H 60 x W 51 cm

RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Caribbean Grey Day
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Caribbean Grey Day

Alethea Garstin (1894–1978)

Oil on canvas

H 22 x W 26.5 cm

RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Flowers on a Chair
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Flowers on a Chair

Dod Procter (1892–1972)

Oil on canvas

H 31 x W 42.5 cm

RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Interior, 8 Fitzroy Street
© estate of Vanessa Bell. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Interior, 8 Fitzroy Street

Vanessa Bell (1879–1961)

Oil on canvas

H 75 x W 62 cm

RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

The Inlaid Tray
© the estate of Mary Fedden / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

The Inlaid Tray

Mary Fedden (1915–2012)

Oil on canvas

H 58 x W 75 cm

RWA (Royal West of England Academy)