A Woman’s Issue
International Women's Day in Scotland
Art as defiance. Music as an untold narrative. Love as an act of belief. The stories in this issue represent the work of mothers and painters, poets and prostitutes, suffragettes and the High Priestess of Soul. It's an issue about complex women, women whose stories have, with irreducible individuality, reinvented tradition, championed diversity and contributed to a difficult but essential legacy. In honour of International Women's Day, here in Scotland we celebrate the stories of women around the world.
Extract from Modern Scottish Women: Painters & Sculptors 1885-1965 Edited by Alice Strang Published by National Galleries of Scotland
PAT DOUTHWAITE 1934–2002 Born Glasgow 1934; died Dundee 2002
Pat Douthwaite was born in Glasgow in 1934, although throughout her life she gave 1939 as her birth year. Douthwaite was brought up in Paisley and began taking dance classes with Margaret Morris in 1947 where she met the artist J.D. Fergusson, Morris’s partner. Douthwaite initially pursued dance but by the end of the 1950s she decided to become a painter. Fergusson encouraged her in this but dissuaded her from formal training, declaring ‘Go to art school? If you go to art school, you’ll never be an artist – you are an artist.’
Leaving Scotland in 1958, Douthwaite spent time in Essex, Suffolk and London’s Soho, mixing in wide, bohemian circles which include...
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‘We didn’t dare sing them in Sunday School’
‘Dexterity in a Difficult Subject’
‘With a bit of luck, she would be happy’
‘And she spread the story’
‘Shock, anger…and publicity’
‘It didn’t matter if she broke her fingers’
‘All that tawdry sort of carnage’
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