Janet Sainsbury, Points in a Constellation

21 November 2023 – 19 May 2024 

The museum’s collections and displays provide inspiration for artists locally and nationally to create new work. RAMM commissioned Exeter-based artist Janet Sainsbury in Spring 2023. She is known for her contemporary approach to portrait painting.  

Sainsbury chose to study four women artists whose work is in RAMM’s art collection: two Exeter-based contemporary artists, Michelle Sank and Amy Shelton, and two artists with links to the southwest, Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) and Gillian Ayres (1930-2018).  Sainsbury met, photographed and sketched both Sank and Shelton from life while she referred to historic photographs of Ayres and Hepworth to inform her sketches and create new portraits. 

Janet Sainsbury working in her studio with a number of colourful paintings in the background

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Janet Sainsbury was at RAMM on Saturday 9 March with a temporary display of additional work made for this commission. The artist was in conversation with Lara Goodband, Contemporary Art Curator & Programmer.

Janet Sainsbury's Points in a constellations - a selection of paintings, one large and four small, of women artists. Displayed behind glass. There are also sketches laid flat in front of the paintings.
Janet Sainsbury, Points in a Constellation, 2023

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