Katy Hessel in Conversation: The Story of Art Without Men


Booked out
Wed 29 May 7:00pm - 8:00pm


$36 NGV and TWC Members / $40 Adult / $38 Concession. Booking Fee $5.50


180 Saint Kilda Road, Southbank Melbourne, VIC, Australia


This program is fully booked. To be added to the waitlist, please email ngvenquiries@ngv.vic.gov.au.


Esteemed curator, art historian and founder of The Great Women Artists Instagram account and podcast, Katy Hessel is dedicated to championing women artists across history and the world.

Hessel has interviewed groundbreaking artists such as Tracey Emin CBE RA and Sheila Hicks as well as renowned writers including Deborah Levy and Ali Smith. In her book The Story of Art Without Men, Hessel interrogates who is included in the history of art – and notably, who has been left out.

At this exclusive Melbourne event presented by NGV as part of Melbourne Art Book Fair and The Wheeler Centre, Hessel is joined by NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, Simone LeAmon to discuss the extraordinary, but often overlooked careers of women artists from Australia and around the world.


The conversation will be followed by a book signing, with books available for purchase from the NGV design store.


Presented by NGV and The Wheeler Centre

Katy Hessel Speaker

Katy Hessel is an art historian, presenter and curator dedicated to celebrating female artists. The founder of @thegreatwomenartists and the podcast of the same name, she has collaborated with Tate Modern and Dior, lectured at Cambridge University and the National Gallery and presented programmes for the BBC.


Simone Le Amon Moderator

Simone LeAmon is the inaugural Hugh D.T Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (NGV). A curator, designer, artist, and educator for near to three decades, she is Adjunct Professor in the School of Design and Social Context, RMIT University and is the recipient of the 2021 Good Designs Australia, Women in Design Award, for her life-long passion and unwavering dedication to the design profession in Australia.