Artemisia Gentileschi

In 2017 Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria’ was discovered in France. In 2018 the portrait was acquired by The National Gallery and, in a very unusual development they decided that, rather than hang in the London gallery, the portrait would go [...]

Leonora Carrington

Reproduced with kind permission from Dr. Harold Gabriel Weisz Carrington. Estate of Leonora Carrington. Leonora Carrington was a British-born artist, surrealist painter and novelist. Leonora lived and worked in Mexico and was a founding member of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Mexico during [...]

Mary Beale

Mary Beale was a prolific, successful portrait painter but her name is little known outside experts in 17th Century English painting. As such, Mary is perfect for celebration in the We Are The 51 campaign to celebrate the achievements of women. Mary Beale was born in Suffolk, daughter of the rector [...]

Margaret Tait

Margaret Tait was a pioneering filmmaker for whom words and images made the world real. In ‘documentary’, she wrote, real things ‘lose their reality and there’s no poetry in that. In poetry, something else happens.’ If film, for Tait, was a poetic medium, her poems are works of craft and [...]

Suzanne Valadon

Because a lot of women were married to or friends with male artists, history has assumed that they were a muse to the great man or, if they produced works of their own, that they were helped by their husbands. So, when you look at the WikiCommons library for Suzanne Valadon, you see portraits of [...]

Kate Charlesworth

Kate Charlesworth When asked about the shortage of female cartoonists Merrily Harper, freelance cartoonist and writer, said “Being funny is quite a male activity … most women have got better things to do than spend their day thinking up jokes.” I am ashamed to say that, until attending [...]
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