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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, that charts the last 500 years of art by women. 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 120+ artists and writers, including Marina Abramović and Tracey Emin. She is the host of Death of an Artist: Krasner and Pollock, a series about the legacy of Lee Krasner, and Dior Talks – Feminist Art, where she has interviewed Judy Chicago, among others. 

In 2024, she launched Museums Without Men, an audio series highlighting works by women and gender non-conforming artists in museum collections worldwide, including The Met, Tate Britain, Hirshhorn, Fine Arts Museum San Francisco, Hepworth Wakefield, and more. 

Hessel writes and presents arts documentaries for the BBC, such as Artemisia Gentileschi (2020) and Art on the BBC: Monet (2022).


She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge.; the Curatorial Trustee at Charleston Trust; and an alumni of Forbes 30 Under 30.

Hessel has lectured at The Guggenheim, MFA BostonTate, The National Gallery, Courtauld, Cambridge University; presented films for BBCTateRoyal Academy, Barbican; and regularly hosts for BBC Radio 3 and 4.   


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

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