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Diane [Lawrenson] has won the Londonart.co.uk Special Sculpture Award at the Society of Women Artists exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, for her sculpture of the three sisters. Princess Michael of Kent will present her with her award on Wednesday 26 June at 11am,The exhibition itself begins Thursday, June 27 as Londonart.co.uk explains at its editorial:
Society of Women artists
Mall galleries 27th June - 6th July , London
This year, Londonart is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Society of Women Artists. Their 152nd Annual Exhibition runs from 27th June to the 6th July 2013. Founded in 1855, the Society has had a unique history dedicated to promoting art by women. The exhibition will be held at the prestigious Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1 and this rich cornucopia of artistic excellence will showcase a stunning and eclectic mix of artwork in all media.
Of special merit this year are the singularly expressive sculptures of the Brontë sisters by Diane Lawrenson R.C.A. S.W.A. The three figures of Charlotte, Anne and Emily are utterly captivating and a joy to behold. Diane contends with man’s definition of women’s form and beauty in sculpture by portraying her own view of the character and individuality of the three famous authors. Living in Haworth, a remote Pennine village in Yorkshire, the sisters were isolated socially and educationally yet emerged as celebrated literary geniuses.
Diane sees Charlotte as the driving force and visionary, Anne as gentle, caring and duty bound and Emily as a self-contained strong character, who passionately embraced nature in all its forms. An artist worthy of taking on the challenge of depicting the sisters, Diane Lawrenson is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy. She has won the Peter Hambro Sculpture Award, the American Square Conference Centre Sculpture Award and the Alec Tiranti Special Sculpture Award. Her work is in both public and private collections.
The Society of Women Artists encourages variety and versatility and features some of the finest contemporary women artists from all over the world. It is open daily from 10 am – 5pm. See the SWA website for further details at http://www.society-women-artists.org.uk/