Join Sara in an exploration of seventeen amazing artists from different centuries – who just happen to be women. In this short course we will focus of their artistic production, analysing their biographies and considering their identity as female artists. We will explore how their gender affected their career, work, and role in the history of art.

This short series was born out of a great collaboration with feminist artist Jane Fairhurst (photo 4). Jane’s research-based approach has led her to be inspired by women artists throughout her brilliant career, culminating in a celebratory art piece (photo 6). Jane’s artwork inspired Sara’s work in turn. This course aims at presenting these incredible artists to as wide a public as possible, letting them inspire you in new and unexpected ways.

The artists

Session 1

Hildegard of Bingen

Sofonisba Anguissola

Artemisia Gentileschi

Judith Leyster

Session 2

Maria Sibylla Merian

Luisa Ignacia Roldan

Rachel Ruysch

Rosalba Carriera

Session 3

Angelica Kauffman

Élizabeth Vigée-LeBrun

Rosa Bonheur

Elizabeth Thompson

Session 4

Berthe Morisot

Mary Cassatt

Edmonia Lewis

Louise Bourgeois

and Jane Fairhurst









Photos 1-5, 7 by Steven Heaton © Steven Heaton 2021

Photo 6 courtesy of the artist © Jane Fairhurst 2021

Some lovely quotes from feedback about this course

"Loved the way it wasn’t a feminist viewpoint, simply a view of women artists who were good at what they did!!"

"Fascinating, should be at BBC4!"

"Well planned, well delivered from a great knowledge of her subject – excellent. Good take away notes – great teaching."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this four week course. I have learned about artists I hadn’t heard of as well as learning more about some familiar names."

"There is so much about the way you have presented art history that opens it up in a really interesting positive light. Nothing has been as informative in my previous training."