This summer, we are all invited to celebrate the lives and works of 20 influential women featured in a brand new exhibition at the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch.
From Saturday 2 July through until Thursday 25 August 2022, the museum will host a major, must-see art exhibition entitled Twenty Historical Women who Changed the World.
Showcasing the bold, colourful, educational and historically inspired works of Nigerian born Doncaster artist, Chinwe Russell, the exhibit gives an insight into the lives of some incredible women from around the world.
It spotlights high profile figures like Marie Curie, Elizabeth the First and Florence Nightingale as well as some less well-known women who have all had a massive impact on the contemporary world and whose legacy continues to this day. It features Nwanyeruwa, Wangari Maathai, Stephanie Kwolek, Dr Marie Maynard Daly, Gerty Cori and many others.
Jim Neill, Chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust said, "We're delighted to be hosting this wonderful exhibition in Kirkintilloch, giving the people of East Dunbartonshire an opportunity to see for themselves the inspirational, thought-provoking and joy-giving work of Chinwe Russell.
"It takes us on a journey through history, stopping to consider the lasting impact of some truly exceptional women and the impact they had on the world around them in the fields of sciences, education, politics, environment, architecture and so much more. I encourage people to go along and be inspired."
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication, which goes into a bit more details about the works and the women who inspired them.
Chinwe’s works were exhibited at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in 2019 and 2021 among other places, have featured in collections by Saatchi art and the global arts awards.
Her narrative artistic style has brought a string of accolades to her name. Often historical in nature, Chinwe’s work uses bold, bright colours to depict subjects evocative of deep reflection and emotions. Her naïve, intuitive style can be found both in public and private collections in the UK and abroad.
She said, "Creating this collection was a deeply emotional process which took over two years. I lived in the minds of these women during that time and they lived in mine. I am privileged to share their stories with you and together, let's marvel at their lives and works."
Twenty Historical Women who Changed the World will run at the Auld Kirk Museum until Thursday 25 August. For more information, please call 0141 777 3013 or visit the EDLC website.