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Exhibition

Laura Knight, A Panoramic View

9 Oct 2021–20 Feb 2022

Overview

Laura Knight, A Panoramic View presents an in-depth look at Knight’s career, bringing together over 160 works from public and private collections, including iconic works and rarely seen paintings and graphic works as well as designs for ceramics, jewellery and costume.

Laura Knight (1877-1970) was in her lifetime one of England’s most prolific artists, a pioneering painter of women, war, and marginalised people with a long and successful career that saw her travel the world and break conventions. 

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 will also feature powerful commissions created as an official war artist during the Second World War. Knight became the first woman elected to full membership of the Royal  Academy in 1936, and was the first female artist to be appointed Dame of the British Empire.

A rare opportunity to see the largest exhibition of Dame Laura Knight in over 50 years at MK Gallery.

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