Women have continually been excluded from art historical narratives. As the tide of the art world turns to reexamine these histories, the National Gallery’s Women and the Arts Forum sits at the forefront of this important conversation by directly addressing the various and integral roles that women, past or present, have had in the arts.
Given that these roles were previously invisible or overlooked, at this exciting and much needed juncture we ask: historically, what has it meant to be a ‘woman artist’? What impact have women had in Western art history? What is their legacy in the history of the National Gallery and its collection? And how can these legacies be made visible? These overarching questions sit at the heart of the Forum’s project, explored through an ongoing programme and related research activities.
The growing Women and the Arts Forum network is comprised of Independent and PhD Researchers, University Academics, Exhibition Managers, Gallery Directors, Curators, Learning and Public Engagement Producers and other professionals who work in museums or other arts-based institutions.