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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Women & Work

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Women & Work. For our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery focuses on women’s issues of the 70s. As seen through a female lens. It houses a single work created collaboratively by multiple exemplary artists.

1. Women and Work: A Document on the Division of Labour in Industry 1973-75, 1973 – 1975, by Margaret Harrison, Kay Hunt, Mary Kelly

image credit for artworks : Tate Modern
  • This gallery has been curated by Emma Chambers and Katharine Stout.
  • In 1970, the Equal Pay Act was passed in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, three artists, Margaret Harrison, Kay Hunt and Mary Kelly surveyed the working conditions of female employees in a metal box factory. The factory was based in Bermondsey.
  • The artwork presented in this gallery is the result of the survey conducted. It is a Feminist work. Focusing on the plight of women in industrial settings during the 70s.
  • The work is in mixed media, consisting of real factual records. The gap between treatment of men and women is immediately apparent. This is despite a promise of equal wages. Women are discriminated against in various other ways as well. For example, they hold lower positions in the hierarchy. Also are also treated as unskilled labour.
  • The artist trio also present close-up portraits of some of the female employees who were surveyed. Thus making the work more personal and relatable. Its not just facts and figures. These are real people whose lives are affected by the unfair working conditions.

A Final Thought : Feminism in Art

Art has always provided an important platform for discussion and debate of women’s issues. Feminism has been a crucial and recurrent theme in art through the ages.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.

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