This new display of work by artist Alice Instone looks at the power of to-do lists and what they reveal about a person and their character. 

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Some of the lists included in the display feature things such as Emma Freud had to call Jason Donovan and buy secret Santa gifts and Emilia Fox needing  to tidy her bedroom and learn her lines for Silent Witness.

Taking place as part of the celebrations of International Women’s Day (8th March), this new exhibition of the artist’s work reflects how women spend their time and what it says about their state of mind when creating the list.

The idea of the show came when  Instone moved house and found her life consumed by chores. She had no time for art as her days were spent making lists and trying to complete the tasks on them.

Talking about her latest work Instone commented: “Fretting about my lack of productivity I realised that’s where it had gone – into these notebooks, full of to do lists, domestic trivia, they told the story of the pram in the hall.  Talking to other women I found the same.  I also discovered the cult of the list – colour-coded, subdivided and categorised – and admissions at the school gate of adding completed tasks to make ourselves feel better!”

As well as her own lists, Instone also collected a fascinating and revealing selection from prominent and influential women that offer a unique insight into the juggling involved in 21st century life.  Artist or human rights campaigner, model or doctor the majority of women share the commonality of making lists.

The list of contributors features: Professor Parveen Kumar, Thomasina Miers, Lorraine Candy, Bianca Jagger, Cath Kidston, Kathy Lette, Emilia Fox, Alice Temperley Jo Wood, Chantal Joffe, Vanessa Branson, Anita Zabludowicz and Laura Bailey.

The exhibition will run at 1, Cathedral Street, London Bridge, London SE1 from the 9th to the 26th March 2016. 

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