Art in East Anglia: Women Painting the War

Ref: C2228170

This new short course will explore the work of women artists, both those recognised and celebrated today, as well as the less well known. Initially we will focus on Anna Airy, probably the most famous female artist from Suffolk, looking at her journey from her formal education to becoming the first female war artist in the First World War and the many obstacles she faced. We will look at the work of several women artists working in the region for the twenties to the 1950's including Amy Browning, Mary Warsop, Evangeline Dickson and several others as well as taking a look at the work by Dame Laura Knight, who lived in Suffolk for a short time.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

This course will explore and celebrate art and sculpture made by women artists of the twentieth century and beyond. From paintings depicting munitions factories to image of rural Suffolk

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • consider the factors that enabled women artists to achieve and gain both a reputation and status in the male dominated art world before the Second World War
  • explain why women war artists were not allowed to go to the front during the First World War
  • identify how women artists were able to gain a recognised position in the art world in Britain
  • explore the kind of subjects and themes in art that women artist worked with

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will give feedback and responds to questions throughout the course

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Art in East Anglia: Women Painting the War


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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