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Jennifer Higgie in conversation with Jane Burton 

The Mirror and the Palette: 500 Years of Women’s Self-Portraits. 

26 May





Event only - £8

Event + signed book (RRP. £20) collected from The Blackheath Bookshop - £22

Event + signed book + P&P - £25

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The Mirror and the Palette: 500 Years of Women’s Self-Portraits. Jennifer Higgie introduces her new book and the female artists who defied the odds. 

Ever wondered why women have been mostly shut out of art history? Find out at this talk and celebrate their achievements despite society and the establishment.  

Wednesday 26 May, 7.30pm 

Event only - £8 

Event + signed book (RRP. £20) collected from The Blackheath Bookshop - £22 

Event + signed book + P&P - £25 

In her new book, Jennifer Higgie celebrates 20 women artists who defied the odds and broke taboos to present themselves, and their female perspective on the times they lived in, to the world. This illuminating discussion will shed new light on this too often ignored, but nonetheless fascinating and timely topic.  Jennifer will be in conversation with Conservatoire trustee Jane Burton, whose career in the arts and media has included being a journalist, Tate curator, and director at the auction house Christie’s. 

‘Joyous . . . As Jennifer Higgie argues in this fine, haunting book, women have always made art, despite the discouragement lobbed in their path. The Mirror and the Palette is a redress, and vividly done - so much so that it rustles with the women's presence. You feel them standing behind you, expectant . . . A revelatory study.’ Lucy Davies, TELEGRAPH  
‘An uplifting and dazzling tour through history . . . a breakout book that shifts the spotlight onto the names that the art world has painted over. It's illuminating and essential reading.’ STYLIST  
‘This engrossing book sheds new light on forgotten and disregarded female artists throughout history - and about time too . . . an absorbing story of women's art made in the European tradition.’ EVENING STANDARD 

Jennifer Higgie is an Australian writer who lives in London. She is frieze magazine Editor at Large, the presenter of Bow Down, a podcast about women in art history and the author and illustrator of the children’s book There’s Not One; the editor of The Artist’s Joke and author of the novel Bedlam. She is currently working on a new book, various scripts and essays.   

Jennifer curated the Hayward Touring and Arts Council Collection exhibition ‘One Day, Something Happens: Pictures of People’. She has been a judge of the Paul Hamlyn Award, the John Moore’s Painting Prize, and the Turner Prize, and a member of the advisory boards of Arts Council England, the British Council Venice Biennale Commission and the Contemporary Art Society. She is currently on the Imperial War Museum Art Commissions Committee and the board of Tate etc. and is on the judging panel for the 2021 Freelands Painting Prize.  

The Mirror and the Palette: 500 Years of Women’s Self-Portraits is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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