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The British Women Artists, 1750-1950 Research Group ( focuses on women’s artistic productivity in a variety of mediums. It was established because, during the last three decades, a number of feminist scholars and curators have stressed and deplored the neglect of and sought to make more visible the work of British women artists of this period, but there is still a relative lack of knowledge about these women compared to their male counterparts which forms a barrier to the display of these women’s works. The Research Group is founded on the belief that what is needed in order to understand the integral roles of these women in artistic developments is sustained knowledge exchange between University-based scholars and museum/gallery-based curators/researchers.

The Research Group aims to: 

  • provide opportunities for knowledge exchange between University-based scholars and museum/gallery-based curators/researchers

  • bring about the conception of leading new scholarship and exhibition projects that will make women’s art works more visible and better understood than hitherto possible

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Our Funders

British Women Artists 1750-1950 is a British Art Network Research Group. The British Art Network is a subject specialist network led and supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The network brings together professionals working on British art including curators, researchers and academics, reflecting the combined strength of the UK's public collections and curatorial expertise in this field. Research Group Co-Lead Katie J. T. Herrington applied successfully to establish this Sub Group in 2015 and it has received continuation funding in each subsequent bursary round. Alice Strickland (National Trust) joined Herrington as Co-Lead in June 2019.

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