Oil Paint and Grease Paint: The remarkable works of Dame Laura Knight

Dame Laura Knight defied conventions with every stroke of her brush. From the dizzying allure of circus performers and ballet dancers to the wartime heroism of servicewomen, Knight’s art was a kaleidoscope of humanity’s triumphs and tribulations.

She was a woman of firsts; the first female artist to be made a Dame of the British Empire, the first woman to be elected as a full member of the Royal Academy in London and the first woman to have a solo show there.

This lecture will explore her long and fascinating career, including her sunlit paintings of Newlyn in Cornwall, her wartime contributions, and her extraordinary paintings depicting African-Americans in Baltimore.