MK Gallery to feature pioneering, female World War Two artist in upcoming exhibition

This famous, ground-breaking artist will be featured at MK Gallery in 2021.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 3:02 pm

MK Gallery is hosting a Laura Knight exhibition in October, after further government restrictions are removed.

Laura Knight has been chosen as one of the first artists to be featured at the gallery once further restrictions ease.

Indoor entertainment is set to return across the UK on May 17, meaning the gallery will be able to reopen its doors.

Dame Laura Knight, Spring in Cornwall, Oil on canvas 1914-35, Tate (c) Tate Images
Dame Laura Knight, Spring in Cornwall, Oil on canvas 1914-35, Tate (c) Tate Images

Knight has been chosen for one of the gallery’s autumn exhibitions. She was the only artist commissioned at the Nuremberg Trials and was the first woman admitted into the Royal Academy of Arts. Knight was also the first female artist to be appointed Dame of the British Empire. She died aged 92 in 1970.

‘Laura Knight: A Panoramic View’, is set to run from October 9 to February 20. Guests will be given an allocated hour to take in selected paintings, event organisers will time entries to help with the enforcement of social distancing measures.

The event will attempt to encompass all aspects of Knight's career a spokesperson for MK Gallery advised that: her fascination with the backstage world of ballet will be shown. Work dedicated to depictions of marginalised communities and racial segregation in America will be featured, whilst paintings from World War Two will also be showcased.

In total over 100 works from public and private collections will be projected throughout the exhibition. A spokesperson said: 'iconic works as well as rarely seen paintings and graphic works as well as designs for ceramics, jewellery and costume', will be available to view.