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About Katy Hessel



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


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

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; in 2023, she became a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Hessel writes extensively on the subject of women artists. She has lectured at The Guggenheim, MFA BostonTate, The National Gallery, Courtauld, Cambridge University; presented films for BBCTateRoyal Academy, Barbican; and hosted shows for BBC Radio 3 and 4.   


Hessel has curated exhibitions at Victoria Miro Gallery, Kasmin Gallery, Stephen Friedman Gallery, and more. 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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