Following its initial report, the Freeland Foundation finds that there is improvement in gender disparity in the arts but: “progress is not parity and key statistics, such as the representation of women in major not-for-profit galleries in London remain inexplicably unequal – just 30% of solo shows at London’s major institutions were by female artists in 2016.” This report also gathers additional data, showing that commercial galleries representation of women is just 29% against 71% male; and that just 3% of the top ten highest grossing contemporary art auction lots at Sothebys in 2016 were by women artists.

Charlotte Bonham-Carter
Freelands Foundation
June 2017
Representation of female artists in Britain 2016