What to see: ‘Champagne Life’ at Saatchi Gallery

A new all-female exhibition explores what it means to be a woman artist today

Image: ‘Rhyme Sequence: Wiggle Waggle’ by Mequitta Ahuja, 2012. Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the Saatchi Gallery is set to launch an all-female exhibition as a sign of its ongoing commitment to supporting women artists.

Featuring the work of 14 emerging artists – including Mequitta Ahuja, Alice Anderson, Stephanie Quayle and Julia Wachtel – the show will inspire reflection on the challenges and opportunities that face women in the art world today. The exhibition’s title, ‘Champagne Life’, which is taken from one of the featured works (see below), highlights the ironic contrast between the veneer of affluence and prestige that is associated with the art industry and the reality of the hard labour involved.

Image: ‘Champagne Life’ by Julia Wachtel, 2014. Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

The exhibition builds on the gallery’s long history of providing a platform for female talent (it has previously showcased the likes of Tracey Emin and Jenny Saville) and celebrates the rich diversity of art being produced by women.

The exhibition runs from 13 January to 6 March at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square, London SW3.

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