In 2017 we acquired the first painting in our collection by Artemisia Gentileschi, the most famous female painter of the 17th century. The painting, a self portrait in the guise of the 4th-century Christian martyr, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, was restored, reframed and put on display in the Gallery in 2018.
In 2019 the painting will leave the Gallery to visit a series of unusual and unexpected venues across the UK and be introduced to some of the people who collectively own this new national treasure.
Where will Artemisia visit next?
Artemisia will visit east London, where the painting will be a stop on the E17 Art Trail as part of the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 celebrations.
Follow Artemisia's journey #ArtemisiaVisits
Artemisia visits Sacred Heart Catholic High School - 14 to 17 May 2019
Artemisia's third visit was to Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Newcastle upon Tyne where the painting was displayed in the auditorium alongside the pupils' GCSE art exhibition. The public were able to visit to see the painting on Tuesday 14 May at 5pm at a free Curator's Talk.There was also an open viewing on Thursday 16 May from 4–5pm.
Artemisia visits Pocklington Group Practice - 29 April to 11 May 2019
Artemisia's second visit was to Pocklington Group Practice - a GP surgery in the East Yorkshire market town of Pocklington that lies between York and Hull.
While the painting was on display, the public had a couple of opportunities to view Artemisia outside of practice opening hours. Find out what the people of Pocklington thought of having the self portrait of Artemisia on display in their GP surgery in the short film, below.
Artemisia visits Glasgow Women’s Library - 6 to 19 March 2019
The first stop in this series of visits was Scotland where the painting was on public display at Glasgow Women’s Library from 6 to 19 March 2019.
The Klesch Collection is proud to sponsor Artemisia Visits and support women artists
With additional support from
Deborah Finkler and Allan Murray-Jones
Diane Apostolos-Cappadona Trust in honour of Stacia Apostolos
Insurance has been gifted by Blackwall Green