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About Katy Hessel



​Katy Hessel is an art historian, curator, broadcaster and internationally bestselling author of The Story of Art without Men, awarded Waterstones Book of the Year 2022, and a Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. She runs @thegreatwomenartistsan Instagram account that has celebrated women artists on a daily basis since 2015. 


Hessel writes a fortnightly column, The Great Women's Art Bulletin, for the Guardian. She writes and hosts The Great Women Artists Podcast, where she has interviewed artists Marina Abramović and Lubaina Himid, and writers Ali Smith and Deborah Levy. British Vogue and the Evening Standard listed it among their best podcasts. Hessel also hosts Dior's podcast, Dior Talks – Feminist Art, which includes interviews with Tracey Emin and Judy Chicago.

Hessel writes and presents arts documentaries for the BBC, such as Artemisia Gentileschi (2020) and Art on the BBC: Monet (2022). In 2021, she was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, in 2022, she was appointed as the Curatorial Trustee of Charleston, and in 2023, she became a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Hessel writes extensively on the subject of women artists, and frequently lectures at The National GalleryCourtauldTateCambridge University, and more; presents films for BBCTateRoyal Academy of ArtsSotheby's, Christie'sHauser & WirthBarbican.


Hessel has curated exhibitions at Victoria Miro Gallery, Kasmin Gallery, Stephen Friedman Gallery, and more, and she once took over a floor of Tate Modern. Hessel runs the annual The Great Women Artists Residency at Palazzo Monti for emerging artists. ​

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