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Women Artists’ Print Portfolio –
Salon for a Speculative Future 2022 / 23

The Salon for a Speculative Future was established by artist and curator Monika Oechsler in March 2019 in celebration of Women’s History Month. The inaugural exhibition and live event took place at Chisenhale Art Place & Studios. In 2020, a Salon publication funded by the University of the West of England (UWE), was created in collaboration with Sharon Kivland (Sheffield Hallam University) and published by MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE. Due to ongoing Covid restrictions in 2021, an informal event was held at Chisenhale Art Place & Studios to celebrate the Salon publication. The Salon for a Speculative Future’s ongoing mission is to provide a cross-generational and inter-disciplinary multi-media platform for women artists and to highlight women’s contributions to society and culture. In particular the Salon seeks to project creative voices that imagine new ideas for the future.

For this new iteration, a Women Artists’ Print Portfolio, the Salon for a Speculative Future invited twenty artists to consider the question: How to be in the future? Imagining a positive future is inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s historical analysis of the productive tensions between disruption and transformation and her suggestion that they bring forth positive change. Each participating artist has contributed a bespoke print and a text for the publication accompanying the print portfolio in which they share positive future thinking. The publication is funded by UWE, printed by Impact Press, UWE and launched together with the print portfolio during Women’s History Month in March 2023. The mission of the Salon for a Speculative Future is to exhibit contemporary women artists’ work widely and in an accessible format.

Hence the Salon Artists’ Print Portfolio will be exhibited in national and international educational institutions, libraries and bookshops, and bequeathed to two major archives.


  • Abigail Reynolds • Angie Butler • Catherine Ade • Conway and Young
  • Harriet Bowman • Huma Mulji • Janice Kerbel • Johanna Love • Karen Russo
  • Koushna Navabi • Liane Lang • Lubaina Himid • Magda Stawarska-Bevan
  • Monika Oechsler • Nick Grellier • Emily Lucas • Oona Grimes • Sammy Paloma
  • Sophy Rickett • Tracy Hill • Young In Hong


The SFASF print portfolio was first exhibited during the IMPACT 12, Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference, 21 – 25 September 2022, hosted by the Centre for Print Research, UWE Bristol, UK. Women Artists’ Print Portfolio Exhibition


How to be in the Future? Salon for a Speculative Future: Women Artists’ Print Portfolio MOCA London 8 – 11 March, 2023. Opening event: Wednesday 8th March 6 – 8 pm MOCA


Catalogue for How to be in the Future? Salon for a Speculative Future: Women Artists’ Print Portfolio.


Salon For A Speculative Future, Royal Academy Collection, London.


Angie Butler/ABPRESS See Red, 2022, printed letterpress, Awagami Bamboo 110gsm 400mm x 270mm approx. (folded).