Women`s Art transformed during the era of the Treadwell Gallery. This transformation occurred particularly from the late sixties to the late eighties, fuelled by the powerfull Feminist thinking of the seventies, as well as anger over the continuing lack of equal rights, a new openness as regards the most sensitive of women`s issues, a general acceptance of the Lesbian point of view, and a desire to be naturally themselves, amongst other diverse reasons. From the point of view of the Treadwell Gallery`s new humanist programme, by the early eighties, much of the most emotionally moving work coming though the gallery was by women (often mistaken by the public as the work of perverse men). Given the large amount of available exhibition space at Denne Hill, in 1984, Nick had the opportunity to present an ambitious international exhibition of art by contemporary women, at the same time as publishing a related book (“Sex – Female, Occupation – Artist”). The book, in Black and White, incidentally, is still available direct from the Treadwell Gallery for €10.00 plus postage and packing.
As well as the women represented by the Treadwell Gallery, the exhibition included, impressive life size sculptures, depicting male brutality by the Berliner, Christa Beiderbick-Tewes(1940-) and suppression of the Czeck people by Czeck sculptor, Ludmila Seefried-Matejkova, Humorous and viciously critical, as well as humorously observational paintings of male and female by Belgian, Denyse Willem(1943-), As well as works by the German painter, Maina Myriam Munsky (1943-1999) of her obsessive series of paintings depicting anxiety over the birth process.