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To support the exhibition Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance the artist has generously offered a limited edition print from her most celebrated series, made in response to a Portuguese referendum in 1998.

During the 1998 and 2007 referendums in Portugal on abortion, Rego advocated passionately for the rights of women. Both as a student at the Slade School of Art and in Portugal the artist saw first-hand the suffering and secrecy surrounding backstreet abortions while the practice was illegal. She created the etchings series to draw attention to the realities faced by women without access to legal terminations, and to their endurance. Rego has commented on the etchings: “They mean a great deal to me… because they’re totally true. The resolve to survive, the defiance.”

Showing works spanning her entire career since the 1960s, Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance


will be the first major retrospective of Rego’s work in England for over 20 years. The exhibition includes previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, which reflect Rego’s perspective as a woman immersed in urgent social issues and current affairs.

Please note the MK Gallery members discount does not apply to this limited edition print.