International Women’s Day Exhibition

4-22 March 2024
Salome Coker
@ Slaughter and May


International Women’s Day calls for the recognition and celebration of women’s contributions. We are also asked to take up a challenge which in 2024 is to #InspireInclusion.

These aspects are represented in the different parts of this exhibition, organised by the firm’s Gender Equality Network (GEN). It takes us from a colourful celebration of nature and movement to a contemplation of resilience. Inclusion is not achieved in a day; it requires a long-term commitment and flexibility to circumnavigate or overcome obstacles.

This exhibition is part of our commitment to fostering inclusion, in this case, through creating a space that encourages conversation and brings together people from different parts of the firm, with different backgrounds, views and experiences. We have already started this conversation as members of the firm have shared thoughts on the pieces on display which we share here to take the conversation beyond the walls of our offices.

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into our International Women’s Day exhibition.

Gareth Miles
GEN Partner Sponsor

Tanja Velling
GEN Co-chair


You are greeted by themes of nature, celebration and movement in the trio of paintings comprised of The Archer, The Bird and The Gardener. Using oil paint, Salome intricately layered colours on the canvas, revealing the complex and mesmerising tapestry of our natural surroundings. As such, the paintings capture the essence of outdoor vitality.

In their setting at our offices, the paintings are arranged to encourage flow and movement throughout the space, but also invite us to linger and contemplate. The paintings complement our fixed installation of sculptures Big Vessel (David Nash OBE RA), carved from a single Welsh oak tree blown down in a storm, and Two Charred Forms (David Nash OBE RA). Through their dialogue, they invite us to consider our relationship with our natural and constructed environments, how we are impacted by them and how we impact on them.

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Oil on canvas (2019)

"My favourite piece is The Bird, although I must confess I can’t see a bird! The gold and the outlines of the shapes remind me of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. I love the combination of the colours – the gold in particular is striking and I can see why the theme is celebration. I also enjoy the movement in the piece – it seems like the colours and shapes are pouring and flowing from the top to the bottom and give the viewer the freedom to explore the shapes and see what they want to see."

Zoe Andrews
PSL Counsel and Head of Tax Knowledge


Oil on canvas (2021)

"For me, The Gardener incorporates earthy tones, blue skies and warm sunshine. The piece reminds me of nature and how everything is linked together."


“This painting seems to be rooted in twentieth-century abstraction, whilst its leaves reach for more contemporary ideals. The earthy, flat colours recall Sonia Delaunay’s dense, formal paintings, but the fluid, fecund shapes weave through each carefully balanced section like rivulets over dry soil, defining and re-defining spaces and perspectives. This is not an explosion; it’s a cultivation.”

Tom Gilliver


Oil on canvas (2020)

“I thought The Archer was interesting. I didn’t see the “Archer” there but I did see a striking contrast of colours which draws you to it. If the “Archer” is meant to symbolise focus, the artwork certainly makes one look up and focus!”

Deeksha Rathi
Associate and DIVERSE Co-chair

“Lovely painting full of vibrancy and energy. The colours and shapes are reminiscent of an aboriginal woman with flowing hair in a rainforest of South America hunting for food. The painting reminds me of when I visited a Guarani village in Misiones, Argentina, where the colours and sounds of the jungle and a sense of tight-knit community give you an insight into how life used to be many years ago.”


Angela Measures, Client Liaison Coordinator, noted the artist might have used the “International Klein Blue” in The Archer. Perhaps the artist was thinking of arrows in the air.


We are delighted to be the first to show works from this series whose title, Water has no enemy, draws inspiration from a Yoruba proverb. The paintings Bark Intersection, Beach Intersection, and From Lagos to Salvador continue the theme of nature, and their layers could be taken as a challenge. What can be discovered? What can we learn?

A similar challenge could be read into the title of the series—it invites us to contemplate the essence of water. It is indispensable to life and a resilient and powerful force, flowing past barriers or sweeping them away. Perhaps it invites us to ask: which qualities do we want to embrace? And do we appreciate water, and our natural environment more generally, as the basis for life?

Salome painted the works in front of a live audience at her open studio in December 2023, as shown in the short video to the right.

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Acrylic on canvas board (2023)

"My favourite piece is Bark Intersection. It’s simple, beautiful and I love the colours. Timeless in its appeal but also in what it represents."

Jane Edwarde
D&I Partner and GEN Partner Sponsor

"I see tree rings; my mother was reminded of a weather chart. And those impressions may be complementary rather than contradictory. Tree rings can tell us about the earth’s past climate because the tree’s growth differs depending on environmental conditions. So it incorporates its environment. Perhaps this is not dissimilar to the way in which we are shaped by and grow through our experiences."

Tanja Velling
PSL Counsel and GEN Co-chair


Acrylic on canvas board (2023)

Beach Intersection is my favourite piece. I grew up living near a string of beautiful coves, and the lines remind me of the striations of shell fragments that you find on beaches at low tide.”

Nick Pacheco

"In this artwork, the lively green lines echo nature's vibrancy, with the unexpected pink strokes adding a unique touch. It evokes a personal sense of harmony within me."

Alessandro Scalise
Legal Operations Graduate and Member of the GEN Committee


Acrylic on canvas board (2023)

“The lines stretching across the piece gave me something intriguingly poised between formal abstraction and the striations of a natural landscape. I also loved the colours along the ridges, where the contrast between warmer and cooler shades, all against a stark background, charged the whole with quiet energy.”

Max Cheung


Salome connects the worlds of art and law. With a background in corporate finance, she has dedicated a decade to nurturing her artistic identity, refining her skills, and emerging as an exhibiting artist.

The lawyer: Salome has over a decade of experience in private practice and in-house roles, having worked with banks, pension funds, and legal charities. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Law, teaching on the LPC and SQE. Salome actively contributes to the legal community as an independent committee member at the City of London Law Society and holds a representative position for 20,000 solicitors on The Law Society's council.

The artist: Salome works with archival materials to explore genealogy, memory, and migration. Her practice encompasses oil painting, printmaking, illustration, and performance. Her bold visual language draws inspiration from the vibrant streets of Lagos, Salvador de Bahia, and London—cities where the artist has lived and found inspiration. The artist has participated in group and solo exhibitions, including the New English Art Club (NEAC) Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

Salome Coker
Phone: +44 (0)7491576835
Social Media: @salome.coker

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