About Katy Hessel


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

I am a curator, writer, broadcaster, and art historian based in London, UK, and run @thegreatwomenartists, an Instagram account that has celebrated women artists on a daily basis since 2015. ​In October 2020, I made my TV debut writing and presenting Artemisia Gentileschi for BBC Four


I write, host and produce a weekly podcast, The Great Women Artists Podcast, which was listed as British Vogue and Evening Standard's Best Podcasts of 2020, interviews include the Turner Prize-winner Lubaina Himid, and acclaimed writer, Olivia Laing. I am also the host of Dior's podcast, Dior Talks – Feminist Art, where I have interviewed Tracey Emin and Judy Chicago.

I write extensively on the subject, including a recent interview with Zadie Smith and Toyin Ojih Odutola, and I have lectured for Intelligence SquaredThe National GalleryCourtauldTateCambridge UniversityPallant House Gallery, and more; presented films for BBCDiorTateRoyal Academy of ArtsSotheby's, Christie'sHauser & WirthNational Portrait Gallery, Barbican, and more; appeared on BBC Radio 3 & 4; and have been featured by The Sunday TimesES Magazinei-D, among others. ​


I have curated exhibitions at Timothy Taylor GalleryVictoria Miro GalleryTJ Boulting, Mother London, an area of Tate Modern for a Tate Late, and two annual residencies at Palazzo Monti for emerging artists. ​

For International Women's Day in March 2018 and 2019, I took over Tate's Instagram account, and I also work in Special Projects at Victoria Miro.

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. 


Contact: thegreatwomenartists@gmail.com


For any presenting or broadcasting enquiries, I am represented by Vanessa Fogarty at Curtis Brown: vanessa.fogarty@curtisbrown.co.uk

London, United Kingdom
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