I recently discovered gowithYamo, one of the best free art apps on the market. It allows you to find exhibitions, art fairs & events nearby or in a chosen city. Spending next weekend in London, I decided to look up what I should see.

Here’s my pick of 10 female solo shows open right now.

Art is still very much a man’s world. Museums and galleries make it clear that the art world has historically been male orientated. Only 13.7% of living artists represented by galleries in Europe and North America are women.

But, luckily, many galleries have committed to showcasing more work by women artists over the last few years. Via gowithYamo here are 10 must-see female solo exhibitions in London.

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Tomaso Binga at Mimosa House

27 September – 20 December 2019

‘Tomaso Binga’ is the artistic pseudonym of Bianca Pucciarelli Menna, which was adopted by the artist in the early 1970s. Working with poetry, writing, performance, collage and painting, Binga dissects and challenges the gendered nature of language – exposing patriarchy encrypted within its very structure. The paradoxical act of appropriating a masculine name allowed the artist to question and parody male prerogatives in society.

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Paulina Olowska: Destroyed Women at Simon Lee Gallery

11 October – 16 November 2019

Paulina Olowska’s exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery constitutes the latest chapter in the artist’s continuous and fertile research into image-making, exploring the ways in which she interprets painting as a vehicle for her idiosyncratic visions and as a facilitator for the exchange of feelings and sensations with the viewer.

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Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels at National Portrait Gallery

3 October 2019 – 5 January 2020

Elizabeth Joy Peyton (b.1965) is one of the preeminent artists working today. She paints still lifes and landscapes, but above all, portraits: of friends, lovers, heroes, admirations, inspirations and fascinations. Her subjects include artists, activists, actors, athletes, dancers, musicians, queens, princes, politicians and poets. Captured from life, memory, literature and imagination, through found images and photographs, amongst many things her art explores love, individuality, beauty and the passing of time.

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Shana Moulton at Zabludowicz Collection

12 September – 15 December 2019

Using video, sculptural installation and performance, American artist Shana Moulton has developed a distinctive psychic and aesthetic realm anchored around her alter ego, Cynthia. Collectively titled Whispering Pines ­­­­– the name taken from the mobile-home park for senior citizens near Yosemite that her parents ran – these episodic videos, begun in 2002, chart Cynthia’s personal tribulations. They also reflect on the relationship between consumerism and the search for spirituality.

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Anna Maria Maiolino: Making Love Revolutionary at Whitechapel Gallery

25 September 2019 – 12 January 2020

With simple materials like clay, paper and ink Anna Maria Maiolino (b.1942, Italy) constructs a fascinating world rooted in human conditions such as longing, fragility and resistance. This is the artist’s first retrospective in the UK, spanning six decades of work.

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Eileen Cooper: Personal Space at Huxley Parlour

17 October – 16 November 2019

Entitled Personal Space, the focus of the exhibition is on the female figure in nurturing and intimate spaces, explored with confidence, sensitivity and awareness.Through these images, Cooper revisits and expands on themes that she has explored throughout her forty-year career, those of universal female experience, primarily fertility, sexuality and motherhood. 

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Bridget Riley at Hayward Gallery

23 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Hayward Gallery presents a major retrospective exhibition devoted to the work of celebrated British artist Bridget Riley. Developed in close collaboration with the artist herself – and in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland – it is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of her work to date. Tracing both the origins and the evolving nature of Riley’s innovative practice, the exhibition brings together the artist’s iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, expansive canvases in colour, early figurative works and recent wall paintings.

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Emma Bennett: Volcano Lovers at Charlie Smith London

18 October – 16 November 2019

CHARLIE SMITH LONDON is delighted to present Emma Bennett’s ‘Volcano Lovers’. Known for her exquisite paintings where she sets still life, game, interior and other elements against monochromatic black grounds, Bennett introduces us to an entirely new and dominant motif in this exhibition.

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Laura Knight RA: A Working Life at the Royal Academy of Arts

2 September 2019 – 2 February 2020

This free display celebrates the work of Laura Knight RA, one of the most famous and popular British artists in the first half of the 20th century. Drawn from the RA’s Collection of paintings, drawings and sketchbooks, the show explores three distinct themes from her long working life – the countryside, the nude and scenes from the theatre, ballet and circus.

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Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams at Somerset House

3 October 2019 – 5 January 2020

In her first solo exhibition in the UK, Mary Sibande presents a series of photographic and sculptural works exploring the power of imagination and constructive anger in shaping identities and personal narratives in a post-colonial world.

Think I will need a whole week in London to see all of these! Thanks to gowithYamo for reaching out to share this great new art app with me.

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Ruth x

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