Louisa Hodgson: A Curator’s perspective
4th August 2018, 1-2pm
Workplace Foundation, Gateshead
Becky Gee, curator of Louisa Hodgson: A New Perspective at the Hatton Gallery (open until 11/08/18) will be talking about her research into Tynemouth born artist, Louisa Hodgson and how she approached displaying her work, including drawings that have never been on display before.
Please join us at Workplace Foundation at the exhibition ‘Women Artists of the North East Library’ for an informal conversation. Following this event, a copy of Becky’s research on Louisa Hodgson will be added to the Library and available to all.
Read more from Becky about her research process for the exhibition on the Women of Tyneside blog
Louisa Hodgson (b.1905, Tynemouth, d.1980, Alnmouth)
Louisa Hodgson taught at Kings College, now Newcastle University, from 1924 into the 1960s. Specialising in perspective and technical methods, Hodgson created many depictions of her North East home. Influenced by the art of the Italian Renaissance, she worked in egg tempera and often incorporated gold and silver paint into her compositions, a practice that was most unusual amongst artists at the time. She also created her own coloured pigments.
Although she used traditional methods, Hodgson gained a reputation at the Royal Academy for her ‘problem pictures’. The term was then used to describe works of an ambitious or audacious nature. Often depicting scenes of modern life, they caused much debate amongst critics and the general public.
Becky Gee is a curator at York Art Gallery and was the Exhibitions Officer at the Hatton Gallery, Laing Art Gallery and Shipley Art Gallery in 2018. She has worked in curatorial teams at the Ferens Art Gallery and Clifton Park Museum as well as curating independently at a number of artist-led galleries. Becky is particularly interested in uncovering forgotten histories and the representation of unheard historic and contemporary voices.