Katy
Hessel

Curator, Writer and Art Historian.

Katy is best known for running The Great Women Artists, her Instagram account that celebrates female artists on a daily basis. She also hosts The Great Women Artists Podcast, which interviews artists on their careers, or curators, writers or general art lovers on the female artist who means most to them. British Vogue listed the podcast as their Top Podcasts of 2019 and Evening Standard listed the podcast as their Top Podcasts of 2020. 

In October 2020, she made her TV debut writing and presenting Inside Museums on Artemisia Gentileschi for BBC Four. Later this year Katy will also appear on Art On The BBC for BBC Four in an episode focusing on the works of Monet.

Katy regularly writes on the subject of women artists, including a recent interview with Zadie Smith and Toyin Ojih Odutolaand has lectured on the subject for Intelligence Squared, The National Gallery, Tate, The Courtauld, Cambridge University, and more; presented films for BBC, Dior, Tate, Barbican Centre, Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery; audio for Selfridges, BBC Radio 3 & 4; and has been been featured by The Sunday Times, ES Magazine, i-D,among others. 

Katy is the host of of Dior's new podcast Dior Talkswhere she has hosted conversations with the biggest names in the art industry from Tracey Emin, Judy Chicago to the Creative Director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri. 

She has curated exhibitions at Victoria MiroTimothy TaylorTJ Boutling, as well as curated an area of Tate Modern for their February Tate Late, and runs annual residencies at Palazzo Monti for emerging artists.

Writing and speaking about art history in an accessible and fun manner, Katy's goal is to readdress the gender imbalance in the art world by reinserting women back into the canon of art history.

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