British Women Artists, 1750-1950 is a Sub Group of the British Art Network (http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/british-art-network) focusing on women’s artistic productivity in a variety of mediums. It has been established because, during the last two 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 Sub 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 Sub 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
Sub Group Leader Katie J. T. Herrington (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of York) made a successful in a bid to the Tate British Art Network to establish British Women Artists, 1750-1950 for which funding of £1,000 was granted to the Department of History of Art, University of York in September 2015. This Sub Group is one of a number concerned with specific topics in British Art that Tate has been able to establish thanks to the award of Museum Resilience Funding from the Arts Council of England to continue and expand the work of the Subject Specialist British Art Network in 2015-18.