Katy Hessel is a brilliant Art historian, curator, broadcaster and writer with a passion for shining a light on the role of women in art. Katy is one of the most vital and exciting voices in the art world, who is bringing new audiences to art.
Katy Hessel is an art historian, curator, broadcaster, and Guardian columnist. By foregrounding women artists, both from the present day and history, Katy has become one of the most vital and exciting voices in the art world. Her unique perspective has attracted a global following, bringing new audiences to art.
Katy grew up in London and studied History of Art at UCL. At university she studied the work of Alice Neel , which prompted her awareness of the gender imbalance in art history. In 2015, she went to an art fair where she didn’t see any female artists, so decided to do something about it—which became her Instagram account.
Since 2015, Katy has run @thegreatwomenartists, an Instagram account celebrating women artists with almost 280k followers. Katy also created The Great Women Artists Podcast, a groundbreaking exploration of women's role in art which has over 1.5m downloads. She also writes and presents art documentaries for television, publishes writing across a range of publications and is an experienced curator. In 2021, she was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Art & Culture. Her debut book The Story of Art without Men will be published by Penguin in the UK in September 2022.
She believes that art should be about enjoyment, a conversation for everyone.