Gallery Lates: The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species

Join us for a night celebrating deadly females, dangerous women and queen bees. Taking inspiration from Cristofano Allori’s Judith, for this Gallery Late we’re exploring ‘The Female of the Species is More Deadly than the Male’. Join us to discover the unsung sheroes of time gone by with Herstory and draw Mother Nature’s matriarchs with live animal drawing from Wild Life Drawing.

Herstory (Interactive Installation / Gallery / 6-10pm)

We’ll be joined by Alice Wroe, founder of Herstory - a project that uses feminist art to engage people of all genders with women’s history. Together in this drop-in intervention, we will champion the lives of women whose courageous stories have been systemically left out. As a response to ‘The Female of the Species is More Deadly than the Male’ we will uncover the stories of women who have lived up to this saying. Women like Ching Shi, the deadliest pirate on the Red Sea, Edith Margaret Garret, the jujitsu suffragette and Faye Schulman, the partisan photographer.

Wild Life Drawing (Workshop / Pavilion / 6-9pm)

In the Pavilion, Wild Life Drawing will be hosting a drawing class with a difference. Instead of human life models, our subjects will be real animals. For this special event, Wild Life Drawing will introduce you to animal species where the female is the dominant sex. We will meet, draw and learn all about Tree Frogs and Tarantulas – where the females are much larger and live longer, Giant Land Snails and Stick Insects (they can change sex when it suits them), Praying Mantis, known for eating the male after copulation, and some small lizards – some species have been known to procreate without any need for a male! Our animal experts are extremely knowledgeable, so as well as some great drawings you’ll also leave with fascinating facts about females in the animal world. All materials will be provided.

We Are Here: Female Figures (Workshop / Pavilion / 6:30-9:30pm / drop-in)

We Are Here: British BME Women held their first exhibition in early July 2017 with the aim to provide an open platform for discussion around what it means to be British, led by BME (Black Minority Ethnic) women. The exhibition displayed artworks by fourteen BME female artists, showcasing their responses and interpretations of what it means to be a BME woman living in Britain today. Inspired by some of the most game changing women in history and present day, join members of #WeAreHereUK Erin Aniker and Jess Nash to create tiny clay busts of women in charge. A nod to Nefertiti, Hatshepsut and to you, the workshop invites you to create an artifact of your own to take away as a constant reminder that we are here.

Comedy Tour (Performance / Gallery / 7pm & 9pm)

Iszi Lawrence (BBC Radio 4 Making History, British Museum Membercast) is an award-winning comedian and history presenter who will take you on a not-so-serious feminist tour of the gallery. Expect facts, silliness and a sprinkle of swearing.

Femme Fatales (Talk / Linbury Room / 7:30pm)

Whether presented as deceitful, predatory or violent, the femme fatale is known for using her powers of seduction as a means to destroy her enemies. Dr Meaghan Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Art History at University of Sussex will be taking a closer look at the deadly women in our Collection and the tradition of the femme fatale in art history, particularly in the mid and late-Victorian period.

Food and Drink

Visit the Pavilion Bar to enjoy classic cocktails and delicious sharing plates from the Camberwell Arms. The Gallery Cafe will also be open serving a special Lates menu.

Sargent: The Watercolours

Your ticket includes all Lates activities and entry to the Permanent Collection. A discounted £5 ticket add on ticket is available for the Sargent: The Watercolours exhibition. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite (click 'Buy Tickets' above) or at the Gallery admissions desk on the night. Friends do not need to purchase add-on exhibition tickets and can access the exhibition free of charge.

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Event details

Start date
1 September 2017
£12 standard; £10 concessions and Friends