Photography for Firstsite - BIG WOMEN Exhibition Opening

April 17, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I recently had the joy of photographing the opening event for Firstsite's exhibition BIG WOMEN, celebrating the creative achievements of women in art, curated by Sarah Lucas. 

 

Photograph of BIG WOMEN Opening Event with visitors in the gallery talking and looking at a piece showing a figure of a woman in a dress and top piece saying 'will there be a morning, will there be a mourning', on a golden plinth and the words 'BIG WOMEN, Curated by Sarah Lucas' on the wall behind.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

 

"Featuring the work of over twenty high-profile female artists, the BIG WOMEN exhibition includes a variety of works that will make you think, laugh and reflect on the role women play in the creative world."

It's a fantastic exhibition of works including sculpture, painting, film and fashion by artists including Renata Adela, Erica Åkerlund, Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Kate Boxer, Yoko Brown, Angela Bulloch, Phillippa Clayden, Sonia Coode-Adams, Vanessa Fristedt, Maggi Hambling, Pam Hogg, Rachel Howard, Merilyn Humphreys, Patricia Jordan, Princess Julia, Abigail Lane, Tory Lawrence, Millie Laws, Polly Morgan, Clare Palmier, Georgina Starr, Milly Thompson, Gillian Wearing, Sue Webster, and Sarah Lucas herself.

Below are some photographs from the fabulous opening event, but visit Firstsite's website to find out more about the exhibition. It really is brilliant - I've been back to have a proper look at the work since the opening but must go again, there is so much to see!

 

Photograph of two people looking at an artwork at the BIG WOMEN Opening Event, with other artworks on the wall behind.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

Photograph of two people looking at a painted portrait at the BIG WOMEN Opening Event.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

Photograph of visitors in the gallery at the BIG WOMEN opening event, with an artwork hanging from chains to the left.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

Photograph of two people looking at an artwork at the BIG WOMEN Opening Event, with other artworks on the wall behind.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

Photograph of visitors filling Firstsite gallery at the opening event for BIG WOMEN, with artworks visible on the walls and suspended towards the right.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

Photograph of two people looking at an artwork on a plinth at the BIG WOMEN Opening Event, with other guests around them.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

BIG WOMEN Opening Event, showing Sarah Lucas writing on a cigarette packet with a guest to her left.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

Photograph of a person sitting on a yellow chair watching a television on a plinth made of breeze blocks, with other artworks on the wall behind and a visitors to the right, at the BIG WOMEN Opening Event at Firstsite.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

Photograph of people dancing the in the Firstsite cafe, with DJ to the left of the frame, at the BIG WOMEN Opening Event.BIG WOMEN Opening EventOpening event for BIG WOMEN, curated by Sarah Lucas at Firstsite, Colchester, 10 February 2023.

 

In addition to the exhibition opening, I had a great time working with the team to photograph the new 'Baps' T-shirts by BIG WOMEN Artist Erica Akerlund, which you can find in the Firstsite online store and shop - aren't they brilliant!

 

Photograph of 9 people modelling Baps T-shirts by Erica Åkerlund, with artwork by Erica Åkerlund on the wall behind.Baps T-shirt by Erica ÅkerlundBaps T-shirt by Erica Åkerlund, available at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd.

Photograph of a person modelling Baps T-shirts by Erica Åkerlund, with artwork by Erica Åkerlund on the wall behind.Baps T-shirt by Erica ÅkerlundBaps T-shirt by Erica Åkerlund, available at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd.

Photograph of a person modelling Baps T-shirts by Erica Åkerlund, with artwork by Erica Åkerlund on the wall behind and 2 sculptural pieces in front, the pose of which the model is mimicking.Baps T-shirt by Erica ÅkerlundBaps T-shirt by Erica Åkerlund, available at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd.

 

Huge thanks as always to the wonderful team at Firstsite and to all the fantastic models! 
 

BIG WOMEN is open until Sunday 18 June 2023 at Firstsite.

Firstsite

Lewis Gardens, High Street, 
Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

Website: firstsite.uk
Telephone: 01206 713 700
Email: [email protected]

 

 


 

Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a professional photographer based in Essex. If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch


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