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In commemoration of the Portuguese Presidency of the EU, Paula Rego contributed eleven prints to be exhibited alongside the selected works, inviting us to look back at the past from an evolutionary perspective, and establishing a dialogue with the selected artists – Ana Palma and Cliff Andrade.
As part of this exhibition, an etching entitled ‘La Mano Muerta’, which was published by Rego in 2020 from a plate drawn in 1962/4, will be shown publicly for the first time. This exhibition was organised by the Embassy of Portugal in London and it was curated by Mara Alves.


Virtual Tour

Exhibition Catalogue
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Coverage of the exhibition on the Portuguese news (RTP)


Documentary about the body of work presented in the exhibition.



About the exhibition “Paula Rego and Her Contemporaries”.




Artist talk: “Discussing the Women’s Role in a Challenging Society”
Ana Palma in conversation with Mara Alves (Contemporary Art Curator & Head of Projects) and Nina Pearlman (Head of UCL Art Collections).









FEMINA is a personal journey to understand the idea of femininity. Natural elements, women, and poetry merge together to create images that tell stories about sweetness, bitterness, fragility, and endurance. What makes a woman a woman? What does it mean to be a woman in the 21st century? What role does the past play in how women see themselves and are seen today?
In this body of work, Ana explores how magical the process of creating or finding an image is. Letting her intuition lead the way she allows ideas to start revealing themselves through lines and brushstrokes while she digs into the depths of two-dimensionality to uncover skin, flesh, and bones.






2019 – ‘Femina’ – Solo Exhibition | Deptford Does Art Gallery | London, UK
2019 – ‘The Affordable Art Fair’ with VC Art | Hampstead | London, UK
2019 – ‘Fusion V’ – Collective Exhibition | Candid Arts Trust | London, UK
2017 – ‘Human · Nature’ – Solo Exhibition | Westbourne Grove Church ArtSpace | London, UK
2017 – ‘Ser Mulher’ – Group Exhibition | Biblioteca Municipal de Barcelos | Barcelos, Portugal
2016 – ‘Oscilação’ – Group Exhibition | Hecoarte Gallery | Esposende, Portugal
2015 – Joana & Ana Palma Group Exhibition | Pillbox kitchen | London, UK
2008 – Artzende Group Exhibition | Casa da Juventude | Esposende, Portugal


2019 – Selected for ‘Fusion V’ International Contemporary Art Show – The Cult House
2018 – Shortlisted for “It’s Art Call” – The Cult House
2018 – Shortlisted for Richmond I World War Stories2015 – Shortlisted for “Portugart” – The D group



‘Feminino segundo a artista portuguesa Ana Palma’ | Notícias em Português newspaper | Published on May 22, 2019
‘Women who draw’ | female illustrator directory | July 2018
‘Tagsmart Weekly discovery: Ana Palma’ | Tagsmart | art blog | Published on Dec 15, 2017
‘Muybridge’s horse’ | art blog | Published on Aug 30, 2017
‘O Vale do Neiva’ | newspaper | Edition 40 | Published on Aug 5, 2017