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Katy Hessel: The Story of Art Without Men


Curator, art historian and founder of The Great Women Artists project Katy Hessel discusses her vital book, The Story of Art Without Men.

About the Event

Esteemed curator, art historian and founder of The Great Women Artists Instagram account and podcast, Katy Hessel is dedicated to championing women artists across history and the world.

Hessel has interviewed groundbreaking artists such as Tracey Emin CBE RA and Sheila Hicks, as well as renowned writers including Deborah Levy and Ali Smith. In her book, The Story of Art Without Men, Hessel interrogates who is included in the history of art – and notably, who has been left out.

At this exclusive Melbourne event presented by The Wheeler Centre and NGV as part of Melbourne Art Book Fair, Hessel is joined by NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture Simone LeAmon to discuss the extraordinary but often overlooked careers of women artists from Australia and around the world.

Presented in partnership with NGV as part of Melbourne Art Book Fair.



Full $40
Concession $38
The Wheeler Centre or NGV Members $36

$5.50 booking fee applies

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About the Book

Broadly Speaking

Join us for Broadly Speaking – a series of deep dives into feminism and gender. Featuring brilliant local and international feminist thinkers talking culture, media, matriarchy, law, health, sex, sovereignty and more.


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Katy Hessel

Katy Hessel is an art historian, presenter and curator dedicated to celebrating female artists. The founder of @thegreatwomenartists and the podcast of the same name, she has collaborated with Tate Modern and Dior, lectured at Cambridge University and the National Gallery and presented programmes fo... Read more

Simone LeAmon

Simone LeAmon is the inaugural Hugh D.T Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (NGV). A curator, designer, artist, and educator for near to three decades, she is Adjunct Professor in the School of Design and Social Context, RMIT Univ... Read more


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