blimey! Lucretia

‘blimey! Lucretia’ adaptation of  the original painting ‘The Death of Lucretia’ Guido Reni. blimey! Collective 2019

For 2019, “blimey! Lucretia” responds to the centrepiece of The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia exhibition at The Bowes Museum, opening to the public on Saturday 26th October.

Working in partnership with the museum and Creative Darlington on a series of communal gatherings and events, “blimey! Lucretia” will explore ideas about the painting. Paying homage to Judy Chicago’s 20th century seminal feminist work “The Dinner Party”, “blimey! Lucretia” will offer people a seat at Lucretia’s table, to spark conversations about the representation of women in our changing world.

“blimey! Lucretia” will collaborate with a contemporary dance project by Eliot Smith, a themed life drawing session with Lust for Life Drawing, a North East based feminist group, local FE Colleges including Queen Elizabeth 6th form College and Northern School of Art, regional artist networks and more.


This programme will take place in various venues, including The Bowes Museum and Crown Street Gallery in Darlington.

Participants will be invited to make new work with the blimey! collective, by sewing directly onto a miniature textile image of Lucretia. How will we interpret Lucretia in the post #metoo era, considering gender, memes, myth, power, villainy and virtue? This new work will be shown alongside The Death of Lucretia, in a “blimey! Lucretia” exhibition at The Bowes Museum in March 2020

Public events programme


18.01.20 1 - 5pm – Lust for Life Drawing event

Crown Street Art Gallery, Darlington


07.03.20 to 10.05.20 – blimey! Lucretia exhibition

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle


14.03.20, 6 - 8pm – Artist talk and film screening

Crown Street Art Gallery, Darlington


25.04.20, 10am-3.30pm – blimey! Lucretia symposium

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle




blimey! Lucretia is kindly supported by

 © blimey! collective

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