Your Space Or Mine
Getting started in the art world is difficult for anyone, but especially so for women, minorities and people from working class backgrounds. Recognising the gender imbalance in traditional art, curator and writer Kate Neave launched Ellipsis Prints in 2019, a project that aims to level the playing field by highlighting early-career womxn artists. By curating and commissioning contemporary art and prints by womxn, Ellipsis offers a voice to those often marginalised by the art world. Even the name, Ellipsis (…), symbolises those who go underrepresented.
“I find myself drawn to the work of womxn artists which often speaks directly to my interests and concerns. At the same time, I continue to be surprised and saddened by the inequalities which perpetuate in the contemporary art world,” Neave said of the decision to launch her project. She was particularly motivated by a 2019 report from the Freelands Foundation that revealed that opportunities for women artists are increasing at a “painfully slow rate”.
Without money or connections, many marginalised voices cannot create or promote their art, but by commissioning new work, Ellipsis gives them the space to breathe. They also aim to further careers by allowing artists to expand their practice while providing visibility, sales, and support. Ellipsis currently exists online and in exhibitions in London, so we decided to collaborate with them for our Your Space Or Mine series, in which we offer artists poster space to spread their messaging.