International Women's Day will take place on Friday 8 March and Wolverhampton Art Gallery is celebrating women through paintings from its own collection.

Painted Ladies presents 20th century paintings which depict women painted by female and male artists from the gallery's own collection, many of which have not been exhibited for several years.

The exhibition is free and can be seen during gallery opening times Monday to Sunday (10.30am to 4.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 4pm).

Visitors are invited to think about the paintings in an alternative way, to engage with them, and to find differences and similarities in the ways female and male artists have represented women in art or to reflect upon how women look at women and how men look at women.

The exhibition also invites visitors to consider the Victorian collection in the gallery and observe how the representation of women may have changed since the Victorian era in comparison with the paintings of the 20th century.

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "This exhibition is an attempt to raise questions and invite visitors to participate in the conversation, and to share their views and ideas.

"The collection on display, of which some works have not been seen for many years showcases how oil painting has developed over the years and how women were once represented by both male and females."

There is an opportunity for visitors to get involved and tell us what they think of the painting and how they are represented. This can be done by using the comment cards in the gallery.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Wolverhampton Art Gallery and The University of Birmingham, curated by Rafailia Thiraiou, MA student in Art History and Curating.