Unlock Art: Where are the Women?

The Tate (together with Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts) have come up with a great series of short films that explain various art movements and themes, such as the history of the nude, Surrealism and Pop Art.  Called Unlock Art, there are eight films in all, each presented by someone different – someone interested in art, but not an expert – Peter Capaldi and Alan Cumming are two of the names on the line up. It’s an idea which works well, as you don’t feel too lectured to. We loved the first film: Unlock Art: Bringing Performance Art to Life (click here to watch it), and the Tate have come up trumps again with this, the fourth film in the series: Unlock Art: Where are the Women? It tackles that thorny subject of why, ostensibly, there are so few women artists in the Western canon. It’s a good, complex question and one which can’t be wholly answered in a six minute short – but the film provides real food for thought and a great basis for debate, as well as paying tribute to many women artists who did develop innovative strategies to have their work taken seriously in such a male bastion. Presented by the wonderful Jemima Kirke, who is an artist as well as an actor herself (she plays Jessa in Lena Dunham’s TV show, Girls), the film is visually playful, inventive, and really, really worth a watch.  

— Daisy
29th January 2014