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Katy Hessel: The Story of Art Without Men

25 May 2024
4.00pm – 5.00pm AEST
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Katy Hessel | Beatrice Gralton

How many women artists do you know? Who makes art history? And what is the Baroque anyway?

Enter art historian and curator Katy Hessel’s The Story of Art Without Men, a response to E.H. Gombrich’s classic chronicle, The Story of Art, first published in 1950, which was recently updated to include... one woman.

Katy’s revisionist history builds on her popular podcast and Instagram account, The Great Women Artists, where her fresh approach has garnered fans worldwide and earned her a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list.

Overturn art history as you know it with Katy, in conversation with curator Beatrice Gralton.

This event is presented by the Sydney Writers' Festival



UNSW Sydney is the exclusive university sponsor and proud Premier Partner of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Featuring UNSW academics and researchers on Sydney Writers’ Festival stages, and events at the UNSW Kensington Campus, this partnership brings together a shared vision of creativity, curiosity and thought leadership. 

As a special offer for regional, interstate and international UNSW alumni, staff and students, the Sydney Writers' Festival are livestreaming selected events for free. Head here to explore all livestreams. 


This event will be available to watch on the UNSW Centre for Ideas website. Registered attendees will be emailed an access link in the days prior to the event.





This event will be closed captioned.


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Katy Hessel

Katy Hessel

Katy Hessel is an art historian, curator, broadcaster and author of The Story of Art without Men, an international bestseller and Waterstones Book of the Year 2022. She runs @thegreatwomenartists, an Instagram account that has celebrated women artists on a daily basis since 2015, and hosts The Great Women Artists Podcast, where she has interviewed Tracey Emin and Marina Abramović. Katy has curated exhibitions across the globe, lectured at The National Gallery and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, presented radio and television programmes for the BBC and writes a fortnightly column for The Guardian. She is a Visiting Fellow of Cambridge University.

Beatrice Gralton

Beatrice Gralton

Beatrice Gralton is senior curator of contemporary Australian art and Brett Whiteley Studio at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. With over twenty years in Australian and international art museum roles, Beatrice has extensive collection management, exhibition production, commissioning and publishing experience. At the Art Gallery, she has curated Brett Whiteley: Inside the Studio (touring 2024–25), Brett Whiteley: Chapters 1959–69 (2023–24), The National 4: Australian Art Now (2023) and Brett Whiteley: Eternity is Now (2022–23). As head curator of visual art (2017–20) and curator of visual art (2012–17) at Carriageworks, Beatrice was responsible for major multidisciplinary projects, performances and exhibitions. She has held curatorial roles at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Washington, DC (2008–12) and the National Gallery of Australia (1999–2007). Beatrice has a degree in art history and curatorship with first class honours from the Australian National University and a masters in art administration and theory from UNSW Sydney.

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