” “BP portrait award shortlist offers up all-female line-up” reads The Guardian headline.
Wonderful, I thought, as I’m sure many others did. Great stuff. Women artists are being recognised for a prestigious, high-profile art award. And not an award specifically for women, either.
But, before we all pat ourselves on the back and put on our pink pussy hats, before we allow ourselves to imagine that in the highest echelons of culture – the untouchable and often intimidating world of art – discrimination against women, conscious or unconscious, is slowly eroding away, we should, of course, look beyond the headline. ”
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