Katy Hessel on The Story of Art Without Men, with Pandora Sykes

Katy Hessel on The Story of Art Without Men, with Pandora Sykes

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“I’ll show you what a woman can do.” - Artemisia Gentileschi, 1649

How many women artists do you know? Visit any gallery of note and you would be forgiven for coming up blank. Despite the work of activist groups and scholars alike, women are still remarkably absent from the history of art.

Historian and broadcaster Katy Hessel wants to change that. On September 17 she comes to the Intelligence Squared stage in conversation with Pandora Sykes to write women back into art history. Discussing her bestselling book The Story of Art Without Men, she will pay homage to the greats such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, Hilma af Klint, Tracey Emin and Kara Walker while also shining a light on lesser known figures such as Lavinia Fontana, thought to be one of the first women in Western art to paint female nudes in 1595.

Spanning over five centuries from the Cornish coast to Manhattan, Nigeria to Japan, this is the story of art for our times - one with women at its heart.

Join us at Union Chapel for an evening of discussion and ask your questions in the Q&A.


More Information:

The venue is seating only. All seats are unreserved and are taken on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early before event door times if you have preferred seats. Due to the nature of our venue, please be prepared to queue for entry.

The venue is fully accessible, with use of ramps and the upstairs bar is accessible with use of a platform lift. Please email [email protected] with your accessibility requirements as soon as you purchase your ticket.

The bar is located on the first floor of the venue and will be open from the stated door time and remain open after the show.

Alcohol consumption will be limited to the bar area only, it is not permitted to take alcohol to the main chapel space.  An array of soft drinks and snacks will also be available and are permitted in the main space. (Please note, no food or drink may be brought from outside into the venue. Water bottles must be emptied before entering the venue, with refilling stations available inside).