Manchester Art Gallery

Dear Friend: Collectors and Commissioners — Women in the Arts

Join us for an afternoon of letter-writing to celebrate women in the arts.

Saturday 4 June 2016, 1pm–4pm


Manchester Art Gallery are hosting Dear Friend; a letter-writing project with artist Sylvia Kölling to celebrate women in the arts.

Women in the arts are commonly portrayed as simply being muses or models: but of course the history of art is saturated with women artists, collectors, commisioners and patrons. Involvement of women in the arts has been multi-faceted and not only in recent times.

Come along to the stall outside the Fashion and Freedom exhibition and write a letter to a woman who did amazing things, be that collector and connoisseur Mary Greg, artist Sonia Boyce, or gallery owner and Society of Women Artist president Barbara Tate. They can be living or dead and someone who has inspired you or who made a difference in an area of equality: such as the fight against slavery; racial discrimination; or the ongoing fight for peace. We’ll digitise and transcribe it, put it on the website, and help raise the profile of whoever you think we need to celebrate. You can write anything from a postcard to a full letter, and hand-write it or type it.

Take part in Dear Friend and help correct the balance of history.

To find out more click here or email Sylvia at


This event is free but please reserve a space on EventBrite.