Women in Revolt!

Art and Activism in the UK 1970–90



ISBN: 9781849768627 Category:


Tate Britain exhibition: 8 November 2023 – 7 April 2024

National Galleries Scotland: Modern, Edinburgh: 25 May 2024 – 26 January 2025

Whitworth Art Gallery, the University of Manchester: 7 March – 1 June 2025
A timely exploration of the work and lived experiences of a postwar generation of women artists that have largely been omitted from art historical narratives, Women in Revolt! surfaces the wealth and diversity of work created in the UK during the 1970s and 80s, a period of seismic social and political change.

Showcasing a wide variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, film and photography, this richly illustrated book demonstrates how women’s needs were marginalised within mainstream culture and reveals how these artists used radical ideas and methods to confront issues that will resonate with contemporary audiences – from access to healthcare and class struggles to ecological disaster, racism and misogyny.

Exploring themes and issues such as the Women’s Liberation Movement, maternal and domestic experiences, the Greenham Common and the peace movement, the intersection of punk, feminism and art, the visibility of Black and South Asian women artists, feminist film distribution, Section 28 and the AIDS pandemic, Women in Revolt! celebrates the full diversity of what was a highly creative, politically engaged and determined community of women that paved the way for future generations and, ultimately, changed the face of British culture.

Additional information

Weight 1026 g
Dimensions 20.7 x 26.3 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 14 February 2024
Number of pages 304
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Linsey Young, Text by Alice Correia, Stella Dadzie, Amrita Dhallu, Zuzana Flaskova, Rachel Garfield, Juliet Jacques, Dorothy Price, Ash Reid, and Amy Tobin
Dimensions 20.7 x 26.3 cm
Weight 1026 g


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