Congratulations to the women in art who were awarded New Year Honours this year.
The following artists and art professionals were awarded honours for Services To The Arts 2019
Sonya Boyce, artist
Boyce’s retrospective at the Manchester Art Gallery last year caused a media stir, when a John Waterhouse painting, Hylas and the nymphs , was removed as part of Boyce’s takeover. The artist is known for her political works exploring gender and race.
Caroline Collier, director of Partnerships and Programmes at Tate.
Tacita Dean, artist
Dean was the first artist to mount three simultaneous exhibitions across three of London’s largest galleries – the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy. Dean was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998 and exhibited a 13-metre-tall film projection in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in 2011.
Ann Dumas, a curator at the RA in London, MBE
Andrea Nixon, Former Executive Director of Tate Liverpool MBE
Barbara Walker, artist
Barbara Walker is a British artist based in Birmingham in the UK. Her work is informed by the social, political and cultural realities that affect her life and the lives of those around her. Growing up in Birmingham during the 1960s and 70s, her experiences have directly shaped a practice concerned with issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and belonging. Her figurative drawings and paintings tell contemporary stories hinged on historical circumstances, making them universally understood and reflecting a human perspective on the state of affairs in her native Britain and elsewhere.
Gillian Wearing, artist
Wearing was the first artist to design a statue of a woman to stand in Parliament Square. The tribute to Suffragist Millicent Fawcett to commemorate the centenary of Women’s Suffrage. The artist is known for her self-portraits in which she uses prosthetics and digital manipulation to disguise herself, won the Turner Prize in 1997.
Alison Wilding, artist
Alison Wilding is known for her abstract sculptures, which embrace a wide range of materials and processes, on all scales from the handheld to the almost-monumental.