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Women artists have been overlooked throughout history. Although steps are being taken to redress this imbalance, women remain underrepresented in collections and sometimes it can be difficult to find their works or even to know where to start looking. There are thousands of women artists represented on Art UK, and to give you a place to start exploring their works we have created 26 Curations of women artists, divided up by surname A-Z. The set of Curations contains works by 1,000 female artists in total. You won't find the likes of Frida Kahlo or Hilma af Klint as their works are not in UK public collections (yet), but you will find a wealth of art from works by Eileen Agar to Doris Zinkeisen – and plenty more in between.

41 artworks
  • Marion Adnams (1898–1995)

    L'infante égarée 1944
    Marion Elizabeth Adnams (1898–1995)
    Oil on panel
    H 53.5 x W 43.3 cm
    Manchester Art Gallery
    L'infante égarée
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

  • Betty Aaerens (1904–1994)

    Noel 1934
    Betty Aaerens (1904–1994)
    Bronze
    H 54.8 x W 18.4 x D 50.4 cm
    Manchester Art Gallery
    Noel
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

  • Enid Abrahams (1906–1972)

    Two Sleeping Soldiers c.1941
    Enid Abrahams (1906–1972)
    Pen, ink & brown wash on paper
    H 30.5 x W 41.2 cm
    Ben Uri Collection
    Two Sleeping Soldiers
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

  • Anne Crawford Acheson (1882–1962)

    Male Head 1946
    Anne Crawford Acheson (1882–1962)
    Plaster
    H 57 x W 40 x D 30 cm
    Royal Ulster Academy Diploma Collection
    Male Head
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Royal Ulster Academy Diploma Collection

  • Alicia Melamed Adams (b.1927)

    Tears 1993
    Alicia Melamed Adams (1927–2022)
    Oil, mixed media & collage on canvas
    H 80 x W 63 cm
    Ben Uri Collection
    Tears
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

  • Elinor Proby Adams (1885–1945)

    Portrait of a Man Wearing a Fez 1908
    Elinor Proby Adams (1885–1945)
    Oil on canvas
    H 55.9 x W 45.7 cm
    UCL Culture
    Portrait of a Man Wearing a Fez
    Photo credit: UCL Culture

  • Ruth Adams (1893–1949)

    Trewithal Farm
    Ruth Adams (1893–1949)
    Oil on canvas
    H 61.1 x W 45.7 cm
    Laing Art Gallery
    Trewithal Farm
    Photo credit: Laing Art Gallery

  • Mary Adshead (1904–1995)

    A London Evening 1933
    Mary Adshead (1904–1995)
    Oil on canvas
    H 142 x W 243 cm
    University of Liverpool
    A London Evening
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: University of Liverpool

  • Eileen Agar (1899–1991)

    An Exceptional Occurrence 1950
    Eileen Agar (1899–1991)
    Oil on canvas on board
    H 50 x W 70 cm
    Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
    An Exceptional Occurrence
    © the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

  • Anna Airy (1882–1964)

    Mrs Monica Burnand 1916
    Anna Airy (1882–1964)
    Oil on canvas
    H 92 x W 74 cm
    Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service: Ipswich Borough Council Collection
    Mrs Monica Burnand
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service: Ipswich Borough Council Collection

  • Pauline Aitken (1893–1958)

    The Artist's Mother, Mrs Maud Aitken c.1929
    Pauline Aitken (1893–1958)
    Bronze
    H 32 x W 16 x D 22 cm
    Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library
    The Artist's Mother, Mrs Maud Aitken
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

  • Grace Albee (1890–1985)

    A Peaceful Afternoon 1930s
    Grace Thurston Arnold Albee (1890–1985)
    Wood engraving on paper
    H 15.8 x W 19.5 cm
    American Museum & Gardens
    A Peaceful Afternoon
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: American Museum & Gardens

  • Gretchen Albrecht (b.1943)

    Reveal 1992
    Gretchen Albrecht (b.1943)
    Oil on canvas
    H 92 x W 184 cm
    Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
    Reveal
    © the artist. Photo credit: Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

  • Eileen Aldridge (1917–1989)

    The Downs near Brighton, East Sussex 1962
    Eileen Aldridge (1917–1989)
    Oil on canvas
    H 71.5 x W 91.5 cm
    Brighton & Hove Museums
    The Downs near Brighton, East Sussex
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Brighton & Hove Museums

  • Nadina Ali (b.1984)

    The Joy Is in You 2021
    Nadina Ali (b.1984)
    Large format print on paper
    H 304.8 x W 609.6 cm
    Black Outdoor Art
    The Joy Is in You
    © the artist. Photo credit: London Streetshots, courtesy of Black Outdoor Art

  • Julian Phelps Allan (1892–1996)

    John Dover Wilson (1881–1969) 20th C
    Julian Phelps Allan (1892–1996)
    Bronze & stone
    H 34.4 x W 26.2 x D 30 cm
    Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge
    John Dover Wilson (1881–1969)
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

  • Rosemary Allan (1911–2008)

    View across the Severn from Doverow Hill, Gloucestershire
    Rosemary Allan (1911–2008)
    Oil on canvas
    H 44.6 x W 60 cm
    Stonehouse Town Council
    View across the Severn from Doverow Hill, Gloucestershire
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Stonehouse Town Council

  • Kathleen Allen (1906–1983)

    The Last Bus 1945
    Kathleen Allen (1906–1983)
    Oil on canvas
    H 76.2 x W 55.9 cm
    Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
    The Last Bus
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

  • Anthea Alley (1927–1993)

    Spatial Form 1962–1963
    Anthea Alley (1927–1993)
    Brass
    H 33.7 x W 27.9 x D 29.8 cm
    Tate
    Spatial Form
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Tate

  • Helen Allingham (1848–1926)

    A Surrey Cottage 1904
    Helen Allingham (1848–1926)
    Watercolour & bodycolour on paper
    H 34.8 x W 27.6 cm
    University of Liverpool
    A Surrey Cottage
    Photo credit: University of Liverpool

  • Anna Alma-Tadema (1867–1943)

    Drawing Room, 1a Holland Park 1887
    Anna Alma-Tadema (1867–1943)
    Watercolour & bodycolour on paper
    H 27 x W 18 cm
    Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    Drawing Room, 1a Holland Park
    Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

  • Laura Theresa Epps Alma-Tadema (1852–1909)

    Always Welcome 1887
    Laura Theresa Epps Alma-Tadema (1852–1909)
    Oil on canvas
    H 37 x W 54 cm
    Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    Always Welcome
    Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

  • Olga de Amaral (b.1932)

    Alchemy 50 1987
    Olga de Amaral (b.1932)
    Canvas, gesso, gold leaf & acrylic paint
    H 165 x W 150 cm
    Tate
    Alchemy 50
    © the artist. Courtesy of Casa Amaral. Photo credit: Tate

  • Sophie Anderson (1823–1903)

    Scheherazade
    Sophie Anderson (1823–1903)
    Oil on canvas
    H 50 x W 41 cm
    The New Art Gallery Walsall
    Scheherazade
    Photo credit: The New Art Gallery Walsall

  • Athene Andrade (1908–1973)

    The Lake, Worcester College, Oxford
    Athene Andrade (1908–1973)
    Oil on canvas
    H 39 x W 49 cm
    Worcester College, University of Oxford
    The Lake, Worcester College, Oxford
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Worcester College, University of Oxford

  • Sybil Andrews (1898–1992)

    Windmill 1933
    Sybil Andrews (1898–1992)
    Colour linocut on paper
    H 31 x W 21 cm
    The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art
    Windmill
    © Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Photo credit: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

  • Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1535–1625)

    The Artist's Sister in the Garb of a Nun 1551
    Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1535–1625)
    Oil on canvas
    H 68.5 x W 53.3 cm
    Southampton City Art Gallery
    The Artist's Sister in the Garb of a Nun
    Photo credit: Southampton City Art Gallery

  • Peggy Angus (1904–1993)

    Ramsay MacDonald with members of his family (includes Peggy Angus; Ishbel Allan MacDonald (Mrs Peterkin); Malcolm John MacDonald; Ramsay MacDonald) 1930s
    Peggy Angus (1904–1993)
    Oil on plywood
    H 60.8 x W 50.8 cm
    National Portrait Gallery, London
    Ramsay MacDonald with members of his family (includes Peggy Angus; Ishbel Allan MacDonald (Mrs Peterkin); Malcolm John MacDonald; Ramsay MacDonald)
    © estate of Peggy Angus. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

  • Dorothy Annan (1908–1983)

    Christmas, 1944 1944
    Dorothy Annan (1908–1983)
    Oil on paper
    H 75.8 x W 63.9 cm
    Manchester Art Gallery
    Christmas, 1944
    © Dorothy & Trevor Tennant estate. Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

  • Louise Gibson Annand (1915–2012)

    Anglo-Saxon Saga
    Louise Gibson Annand (1915–2012)
    Oil on canvas
    H 68.3 x W 55 cm
    Newport Museum and Art Gallery
    Anglo-Saxon Saga
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Newport Museum and Art Gallery

  • Honor Appleton (1879–1951)

    Poole Harbour, Dorset
    Honor Appleton (1879–1951)
    Oil on canvas
    H 76 x W 99.5 cm
    Brighton & Hove Museums
    Poole Harbour, Dorset
    Photo credit: Brighton & Hove Museums

  • Diana M. Armfield (b.1920)

    Farmhouse, near Pienza
    Diana M. Armfield (b.1920)
    Oil on board
    H 20 x W 20 cm
    RWA (Royal West of England Academy)
    Farmhouse, near Pienza
    © the artist / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

  • Mary Nicol Neill Armour (1902–2000)

    Moroccan Jar 1964
    Mary Nicol Neill Armour (1902–2000)
    Oil on canvas
    H 59 x W 50 cm
    East Dunbartonshire Council
    Moroccan Jar
    © East Dunbartonshire Council. Photo credit: East Dunbartonshire Council

  • Isidor Ascheim (1891–1968)

    Martha Price 1948
    Isidor Ascheim (1891–1968)
    Oil on canvas
    H 70 x W 54 cm
    Ben Uri Collection
    Martha Price
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

  • Amy B. Atkinson (1859–1916)

    Bubbles 1907
    Amy B. Atkinson (1859–1916)
    Oil on canvas
    H 69.9 x W 56.2 cm
    Manchester Art Gallery
    Bubbles
    Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

  • Clare Atwood (1866–1962)

    Interior of the Barn Theatre, Smallhythe Place: Edith Ailsa Craig (1869–1947), Charles Staite and Irene Cooper Willis 1939
    Clare Atwood (1866–1962)
    Oil on canvas
    H 91.5 x W 71 cm
    National Trust, Smallhythe Place
    Interior of the Barn Theatre, Smallhythe Place: Edith Ailsa Craig (1869–1947), Charles Staite and Irene Cooper Willis
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Josefine Auspitz (1873–1943)

    Lake View
    Josefine Auspitz (1873–1943)
    Etching on paper
    H 19.8 x W 13.8 cm
    Ben Uri Collection
    Lake View
    Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

  • Joyce Austin (1911–1988)

    Hopfields under Snow
    Joyce Austin (1911–1988)
    Oil on canvas
    H 49.2 x W 59.5 cm
    Worcester City Museums
    Hopfields under Snow
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Worcester City Museums

  • Duffy Ayers (1915–2017)

    Scarves
    Duffy Ayers (1915–2017)
    Oil on board
    H 26.5 x W 21.1 cm
    Fry Art Gallery
    Scarves
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Fry Art Gallery

  • Gillian Ayres (1930–2018)

    Mons Graupius 1979/1980
    Gillian Ayres (1930–2018)
    Oil on canvas
    H 272.8 x W 254.5 cm
    Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service
    Mons Graupius
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service

  • Millicent Emily Ayrton (1913–2000)

    The Melon Field, Provence, France
    Millicent Emily Ayrton (1913–2000)
    Oil on canvas
    H 49 x W 59 cm
    Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
    The Melon Field, Provence, France
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum