Beyond Beauty

Open Tuesday - Sunday | 10am - 5pm Free with an Annual Pass (£5 / Free under 18s and registered carers)

Drawing from our collections at Scarborough Museums, this display looks at the way artists have represented women in painting and sculpture from a critical viewpoint. Scarborough Museums has adopted this approach because it is committed to addressing discrimination. We believe it is important to talk about how attitudes to gender and race that were formed or refined in this period can still impact present day attitudes and beliefs.

Most of the artworks in this display are from when Queen Victoria was on the throne (from 1837 to 1901). Back then, people had strict ideas about men and women. Social norms, cultural beliefs, and legal restrictions imposed specific roles on men and women, and emphasised that men were more important. Art from this time shows women in ways that reflect these beliefs.

Included in the display are works by William Etty, Francis Sydney Muschamp and a recently restored work by Ernest Normand.

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Opening Times
Tuesday – Sunday | 10am – 5pm

Last entry 4.30pm

Admission Prices
£5 Annual Pass – admission to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum

Free – Under 18s and registered carers.

This exhibition is located on the first floor of the gallery. There are 23 steps to this floor and at the moment we do not have a lift to access this level.

Toilets are located on the first floor and are accessed via the stairs. There is an accessible toilet next door, a short distance away, at Woodend Gallery and Studios.