Women at UCL: Presence and Absence

A new exhibition exploring the presence and absence of women at UCL is to be opened by UCL President and Provost Michael Arthur.

at University College London

In 1878 UCL became the first university in England to admit women on equal terms with men. This exhibition explores the roles and spaces these first women occupied, and how this has changed since 1878.

Artist Kristina Clackson-Bonnington has produced Theirs to Ours; a series of twelve mixed-media works that illuminate the institutional change that has taken place since the founding of UCL in 1826 – from the initial decision to admit women in 1878 to the re-negotiating of spaces and positions that is still taking place today. This series is accompanied by 24 photographic portraits of women working at UCL, spanning the diverse ways in which women continue to re-shape the institution and forward its development.

Women at UCL: Presence & Absence is a collaboration between The Girl at the Door, the UCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team, and the UCL Institute for Women’s Health.

Kristina Clackson Bonnington is a multidisciplinary artist based in London. Central to her practice is the examination of socio-spatial control expressed through architectural design and the built environment. From mischievous spatial interventions to exquisite drawings, Clackson Bonnington’s work consistently repositions material to help elucidate connections and illuminate shifting social values.

Since graduating in 2004, Clackson Bonnington’s work has been included in numerous shows including ‘Art Projects’ at London Art Fair (2013) and ‘Art Makes People Powerful’ – a group show led by Bob and Roberta Smith. Clackson Bonnington has been awarded several public residencies and commissions, including the prestigious Fiskars Residency Award in Finland, and her work is held in multiple private collections.

The Girl at the Door is a public art project exploring 100 years of women and the vote, created in partnership with UCL Art Museum. The focal point of the project is an immersive sculptural work – the House of Doors – a private members club open for all to join. Members of the House of Doors (MHDs) consider how society has changed as a result of women’s suffrage and propose new laws that could improve gender equality. The Girl at the Door will run until 2018 – the centenary year of the first women in the UK to get the right to vote.

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Opening Times
9 - 31 March 2016
Monday to Saturday, 10am-6pm

University College London
North Cloisters, UCL Quad, Gower Street,