‘Painting is a place where I can let my confidence and anxiety tussle it out’

Fiona Rae graduated in 1987 and took part in the Freeze exhibition a year later.

In 1991, when she was 27, she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize – the first year the art award was televised, by Channel Four, which played a part in bringing contemporary visual art to a wider audience.

In 2002, she became a Royal Academician and from 2005 to 2009 served as a Tate Artist Trustee. She was elected professor of painting at the Royal Academy School – the first woman to hold the role since 1768. She is also the Tate Members’ Artist Commission.

Fiona Rae: Maybe You Can Live on the Moon in the Next Century will be on display at Leeds Art Gallery until Sunday, August 26. Admission is free.

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