The Saatchi Gallery is staging its first all-female show 'Champagne Life' – so-called because it coincides with the gallery's 30th birthday, bringing together the work of the 14 emerging artists.

The exhibition, which opens on 13 January, is an attempt to address the lack of female presence within the art world, and highlights the importance of gender equality when it comes to exhibiting, an issue that has been heavily discussed in the lead up to the show.

In an interview with the Guardian, Saatchi Gallery chief executive, Nigel Hurst, spoke about the importance of female recognition within the art world, explaining that there was still a lot of barriers for female artists. Hurst explained: "Though women artists are far better represented in contemporary art now, in terms of the number of women artists that are having their work exhibited and shown, there remains a glass ceiling that needs to be addressed."

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Guests view a sculpture entitled 'Moje Sabz' by artist Soheila Sokhanvari at the Saatchi Gallery's first-ever all-female exhibition – 'Champagne Life' Ben Pruchnie/ Getty Images
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A scuplture entitled 'Two Cows' by Stephanie Quayle at the 'Champagne Life' exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, LondonBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images
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A guest views an untitled piece by Maha Malluh at the inaugural all-female exhibition at the Saatchi GalleryBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images
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A guest views a piece by artist Julia Wachtel at the 'Champagne Life' exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, LondonBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images

The artists are from all over the world; Mequitta Ahuja is from Michigan and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, Australian Sigrid Holmwood who now lives in London along with Maha Malluh who was born in Saudi Arabia but is now based in London.

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Guests study 'Jerusalem Donkey' by Mia Feuer at the 'Champagne Life' exhibition at the Saatchi GalleryBen Pruchnie/ Getty Image
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Artist Virgile Ittah poses next to her work 'Echoue au seuil de la raison' at the 'Champagne Life' exhibition at the Saatchi GalleryBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images
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A guest views a detailed section of a portrait by Jelena Bulajic at the 'Champagne Life' exhibition at the Saatchi GalleryBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images

The works exhibited is very diverse, with Virgile Ittah's waxwork sculptures, made from a combination of marble powder, fabric and mixed wax depicting a study of the frailty and transience of human flesh while Alice Anderson's '181 Kilometres' is a sculpture made after performances using copper thread. Anderson walked 181 kilometres to 'spun' an entire sphere with copper thread, allowing her to enter an almost Zen like meditative state of concentration and choreography.

Then there is the work of Iranian-born Soheila Sokhanvari, who combines the techniques of taxidermy with fibreglass, a jesmonite blob and automobile paint to create her piece entitled 'Moje Sabz'. Sokhanvari's taxidermy sculptures appeal to the literary genre of magic realism, in which 'reality' is punctuated with fantastical events, revealing meanings more profound than naturalism could hope to do.

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Artist Soheila Sokhanvari poses next to her sculpture entitled 'Moje Sabz' at Saatchi Gallery's first all-female exhibition in LondonBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images
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A guest views 'Echoue au seuil de la raison' by artist Virgile Ittah at the 'Champagne Life' exhibition at the Saatchi GalleryBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images
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Artist Julia Wachtel poses next to her work at the 'Champagne Life' exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, LondonBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images
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A guest walks past a series of paintings by artist Mequitta Ahuja at the 'Champagne Life' exhibition at the Saatchi GalleryBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images
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A camera set up by a video journalist to film a portrait by Jelena Bulajic at the 'Champagne Life' exhibition at the Saatchi GalleryBen Pruchnie/ Getty Images

'Champagne Life' is open from 13 January until 9 March at the Saatchi Gallery, London

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