16 September - 10 December 2023
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Solo exhibition, curated by Bethany Williams
Soft Power celebrates the art of Birmingham-based artist Su Richardson (b. 1947) and presents a wide array of work made at different stages of the artit’s fifty-tear career. Richardson’s soft sculptures embrace and subvert the medium of chrochet, traditionally considered ‘women’s work’. Her beautifully crafted objects revalidate textiles and craft-making as fine art form.
Richardson was a notable contributor to two key feminist interventions in British art of the 1970s – the Postal Art Event, also known as ‘Feministo’, and the feminist art collective ‘Fenix’. These ground-breaking projects brought women artists from across the UK together to create work that challenged gender bias both in the art world and in their personal lives. Richardson’s iconic sculptures continue to embody a message that is still relevant and resonates with many today.
Find out more about Richardson’s work within Birmingham Women’s Art Group, Feministo and Fenix here