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20 Historical Women Who Changed the World

Friday 15th Sep 2023 — Sunday 19th Nov 2023, The Base Gallery

This bold, colourful and historically inspired exhibition features the works of Nigerian-born, Doncaster artist, Chinwe Russell.

This stand-out exhibition gives an insight into the lives of some incredible women from around the world, whose achievements in different sectors have had a massive impact on the contemporary world and continue to do so. Pictures include well-known historical figures such as Marie Curie, Elizabeth I and Florence Nightingale, along with many lesser-known women whose works continue to shape our daily lives.

Chinwe’s narrative artistic style has brought a string of accolades to her name. Often historical in nature, Chinwe’s work uses bold bright colors to depict subjects evocative of deep reflection and emotions. Her naïve, intuitive style can be found both in public and private collections in the UK and abroad.


Join us for a special evening with Chinwe Russell, the artist behind the exhibition and gain a fascinating insight into her creative process.

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'This collection represents the strength of women in all different sectors and each woman today can find something in this collection to identify with. I welcome all families to see and inspire their children with this collection'.

Chinwe Russell

About the artist

Chinwe Russell is influenced by our past as well as how it has shaped our present. She has said that she is inspired by the strength of a woman. She admires courage and is moved by weakness and hardship.

In her own words, she states, ‘I paint my version of history; not the way it happened, but how I imagine it could have happened. I was not there so I create the past in my own imagination. Who am I to judge what happened in the past?’. Chinwe likes to paint in bright and bold colours, it is said she like to ‘challenge and confront’.

There is also a personal connection to her art as Chinwe sees her art work as a kind of therapy, on the topic she says that ‘in times of great emotion, painting frees my soul’.


*Purchase a Base Pass and enjoy unlimited gallery access for 12 months from £20!


Open Wed - Sun, 10am - 5pm

Songs & Stories in the GalleryThu 21 Sep, Sat 7 Oct & 4 Nov

Relaxed Day Thu 12 Oct & 9 Nov

There is no need to print or collect a ticket as the team will have a record of those who have booked.