Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Gallery is exploring the inspirational women in our Collection and will be sharing interviews with female artists, activists and writers throughout the month.

Pioneers in our Collection

Discover the brilliant women in our Collection through our carefully curated series of films, tours and interviews.

Alice Rawsthorn on Agnes Garrett

Writer and design critic Alice Rawsthorn shares with us why she chose designer Agnes Garrett, who established the first interior design business run by women, and was also involved in the suffragette movement.


Rosie Jones on Victoria Wood

We caught up with comedian Rosie Jones about the impact actor and fellow comic Victoria Wood had on her life. In this film, she shares what it was like to see Victoria on screen growing up, and also the advice she'd give to her younger self.


Tobi Kyeremateng on Bernardine Evaristo

In our final film, we spoke to producer, writer and director Tobi Kyeremateng. Tobi shares her thoughts with us on the portrait of writer Bernardine Evaristo in our Collection, and how Bernardine has influenced her work.


New self-portraits by female artists

With support from CHANEL, the Gallery acquires new self-portraits by ground breaking female artists

Since the launch of Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture – a three year project in partnership with the CHANEL Culture Fund that aims to enhance the representation of women in our Collection – the Gallery has made important new acquisitions of self-portraits by ground-breaking female artists. Highlighting the often-overlooked stories of individual women who have shaped British history and culture, discover more about these artists’ unique approaches to self-portraiture in our interview with curator Dr. Flavia Frigeri.


In Conservation with Celia Paul

Hear from Celia Paul about the importance of gaze in portraiture.


We were thrilled that one of our acquisitions was a portrait by painter Celia Paul and, to celebrate this acquisition, we caught up with Celia about the significance of female artists creating self-portraits.

Listen to the full interview below


Inspirational Women Publication

Inspirational Women: Rediscovering Stories in Art, Science and Social Reform is a beautifully illustrated new hardback book which tells the stories of inspirational and pioneering women whose work has changed the course of British history. These stories of perseverance and achievement are explored in extended captions by Lydia Miller, with an introduction by the award-winning BBC journalist, broadcaster and writer, Samira Ahmed.

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