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Laura Knight, A Panoramic View

9 October 2021 to 20 February 2022 Milton Keynes

Laura Knight, one of the most popular English artists of the 20th century and first woman to be elected to the Royal Academy, is celebrated with a major exhibition at MK Gallery from 9 October 2021 – 20 February 2022, the most significant presentation of her work in over 50 years.

Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of England’s most prolific artists, a pioneering painter of women, war, and marginalised people. The exhibition at MK Gallery surveys Knight’s career spanning almost a century, from her fascination with the backstage world of ballet and theatre and portraits of people’s everyday lives, to depictions of marginalised communities and racial segregation in America. It also features powerful commissions created as an official war artist during the Second World War.

Anthony Spira, Director of MK Gallery, said: “This exhibition is an opportunity to look afresh both at Knight’s technical virtuosity as an artist and the role she played in dismantling institutional gender barriers in the 20th century. She was a truly modern artist - refusing to shy away from subjects that were underrepresented or hard-hitting and not afraid to reinvent her style throughout her long career.”

Laura Knight, A Panoramic View presents an in-depth look at Knight’s career, bringing together over 160 works from public and private collections.