Here come the girls

Here come the girls

The Saatchi Gallery rings in 30 years with a new all-female exhibition

The Saatchi Gallery will commemorate its thirtieth birthday with its first ever all-female artist exhibition titled Champagne Life.

Showcasing the work of 14 artists – both established and emerging - the display will delve into what it means to be a female artist in the modern day and aims to dispel gender imbalance in contemporary art.

The title of the exhibition takes its name from one of the featured works by Julia Wachtel. Nigel Hurst, the gallery’s chief executive, explained to The Guardian the meaning behind the fizzy name:  “[The] light-hearted and ironic title throws into contrast the reality of those labour-intensive, lonely hours in the studio with the perceived glamour of the art world, with its endless launches and parties”.

International artist Alice Anderson will present her mesmerizing trademark copper wire sculptures, while American painter Mequitta Ahuja will have her cobalt and amber coloured figurative paintings on display. Among the new talent on offer is Swedish born Sigrid Holmwood, whose work draws inspiration from 16th century paintings, and British artist Caragh Thuring and her industrial-themed creations.

Champagne Life will open on January 13 and run until March 6.

Julia Wachtel

Mequitta Ahuja

Soheila Sokhanvari

Stephanie Quayle

  • Words: Rebecca Parker