The National Gallery’s Leah Benson on uncovering the hidden stories of female artists like Sarah Cecilia Harrison

As is often the case, the National Gallery of Ireland’s archive of Irish art naturally focused on men. It’s just a reflection on how it was. It was difficult to be an established female artist.

hen we held the 2018 exhibition [In]Visible: Irish women artists from the archives, it really showed what a huge void there was to fill. The male artists are all there and easy to find, but the female ones we had to go looking for.

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