Women in Art: The Forgotten Ones

Ref: C3747593

In 1971 the art historian Linda Nochlin posed the famous question ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ The answer is, of course, that there have been - many. This course will consider the lives and work of the 'forgotten ones' those marginalised female art makers, patrons and collectors consistently written out of the western canon and forgotten by art history; a history traditionally written by men, for men, about men, until the second half of the twentieth century, that is. Led by female art historians, cultural commentators, educators and practitioners a programme of recovery and reappraisal that began during the1960s and 70s has brought some of these forgotten women into the light, highlighting the socio-cultural conditions that shaped them and discussing how the representation of women in the wider culture has idealised, demonised, objectified or, sexualised women. In no way a feminist rant, but rather a journey of discovery for all.

Course aim

This course provides an introduction to the cultural conditions, issues and debates that shaped the lives and work of female practitioners, with a focus on the recovery of those women traditionally written out of art history

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • A suggested reading list will be supplied

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

  • discuss a range of historical and contemporary socio-cultural issues and debates associated with the role of female art practitioners and patrons throughout the history of art
  • consider a range of historical and contemporary socio-cultural issues and debates associated with the representation of women in art and culture
  • be conversant with the lives and work of a number of once culturally marginalised and/or unrepresented female art practitioners
  • appreciate the socio-cultural obstacles that female practitioners have traditionally faced in forging careers in the arts

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Writing materials would be required for note-taking

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Women in Art: The Forgotten Ones

Conditions

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 2021
  • 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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