In the collections of major cultural institutions in Australia and internationally, the art of women has not been represented to the same depth or degree as that of men. Historical gender bias and its impacts on collection development are increasingly being recognised. Join Dr Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research at National Gallery, London and Dr Deborah Hart, Henry Dalrymple Head Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia, in a conversation with Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director Artspace, to address why so few women artists are represented in the national collections of these institutions and how this gender gap is being addressed.
A Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London event in association with the Know My Name initiative.
Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London is organised by the National Gallery, London, Art Exhibitions Australia and the National Gallery of Australia.
Tackling the gender gap in art history (with captions and Auslan interpretation)
Tackling the gender gap in art history (clean stream)
About the Speakers
DR CAROLINE CAMPBELL is Director of Collections and Research at the National Gallery, London. Born and educated in Northern Ireland, Dr Campbell has worked at two great university museums – the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the Courtauld Gallery, London – as well as the National Gallery. She has curated exhibitions across the range of Western art, from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century, with a particular specialism in Renaissance Italy. Dr Campbell has a longstanding commitment to showcasing female stories and histories in collections, and to promoting women's leadership. In 2019 she curated a series of films, presented by herself and other National Gallery curators, 'Discover the women behind our paintings'.
ALEXIE GLASS-KANTOR is a curator, cultural producer and advocate for the arts. She is the Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney; Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong; and in 2022 will curate artist Marco Fusinato for the Australian Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. A postcard of Ann Newmarch's iconic 1970s poster ‘Women hold up half the sky’ was proudly gaffer-taped to the front of her high school journal. As a curator and cultural advocate, it is a truth to which Glass-Kantor has held fast for twenty-five years and one that continues to spur her aspirations and leadership.
DR DEBORAH HART is the Henry Dalrymple Head Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia and co-curator of Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now. Since commencing as a senior curator at the Gallery in 2000 she has curated many exhibitions including: Joy Hester and friends, Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective, Tales of the unexpected: aspects of contemporary Australian Art, and Fiona Hall in context to coincide with the Australian showing of ‘Wrong Way Time’ exhibition from the Venice Biennale. Deborah has written numerous acclaimed publications and has been responsible for recommending important acquisitions of works by women artists for the national collection.