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About Katy Hessel



Hi there! Thanks for stopping by this site featuring all things women artists.

I am an art historian, curator, and broadcaster and I run @thegreatwomenartists, an Instagram account that has celebrated women artists on a daily basis since 2015. I am the author of The Story of Art without Men, the Sunday Times bestseller and Waterstones Book of the Year 2022.


I have a fortnightly column, The Great Women's Art Bulletin, for the Guardian, where I write about an artwork made by a woman which speaks to today's news agenda. 


I write and host The Great Women Artists Podcast, where I have interviewed artists Marina Abramović and Lubaina Himid, and writers, Olivia Laing, Ali Smith., and Deborah Levy. British Vogue and the Evening Standard listed it among their best podcasts. I also host Dior's podcast, Dior Talks – Feminist Art, which includes interviews with Tracey Emin and Judy Chicago.

I write and present arts documentaries for the BBC, such as Artemisia Gentileschi (2020) and Art on the BBC: Monet (2022). In 2021, I was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Art & Culture, and in 2022, I was appointed as the Curatorial Trustee of Charleston, the former home of the Bloomsbury Group.

I write extensively on the subject of women artists, for British Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, including an interview with Zadie Smith; frequently lecture at The National GalleryCourtauldTateCambridge University, and more; present films for BBCTateRoyal Academy of ArtsSotheby's, Christie'sHauser & WirthBarbican.


I have curated exhibitions at Victoria Miro Gallery, Kasmin Gallery (NYC), Stephen Friedman Gallery, and more, and I once took over a floor of Tate Modern for a Tate Late. I run the annual The Great Women Artists Residency at Palazzo Monti for emerging artists. ​

I write a fortnightly Substack newsletter discussing all things women artists.. Sign up here.

Writing and speaking about art history in an accessible and fun manner, my goal is to readdress the gender imbalance in the art world by reinserting women back into the canon of art history. 


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