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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.

15 artworks
  • Joan Eardley (1921–1963)

    The Wave 1961
    Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (1921–1963)
    Oil & grit on hardboard
    H 121.9 x W 188 cm
    National Galleries of Scotland
    The Wave
    © the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

  • Eileen Margaret Easton (1890–1965)

    Fishermen's Huts, Hastings
    Eileen Margaret Easton (1890–1965)
    Watercolour & ink on paper
    H 33.5 x W 36.3 cm
    Rye Art Gallery
    Fishermen's Huts, Hastings
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Rye Art Gallery

  • Mary Beth Edelson (1933–2021)

    Lotus Mountain 1972
    Mary Beth Edelson (1933–2021)
    Acrylic on canvas
    H 42.5 x W 42 cm
    Rediscovering Art by Women
    Lotus Mountain
    © courtesy the Estate of Mary Beth Edelson and David Lewis. Photo credit: Rediscovering Art by Women

  • Olive Edis (1876–1955)

    David Lloyd George 1917
    Olive Edis (1876–1955)
    Black & white print
    H 22.7 x W 17.7 cm
    Cromer Museum
    David Lloyd George
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Cromer Museum

  • Mildred 'Elsi' Eldridge (1909–1991)

    The Veil of Life 1950s
    Mildred 'Elsi' Eldridge (1909–1991)
    Oil on canvas
    H 160 x W 430 cm
    Glyndŵr University
    The Veil of Life
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Glyndŵr University

  • Rosamund Alice Elgar (1900–1972)

    Wellington Pilot 1941
    Rosamund Alice Elgar (1900–1972)
    Oil on canvas
    H 47 x W 37.5 cm
    Royal Air Force Museum
    Wellington Pilot
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Royal Air Force Museum

  • Aube Elléouët (b.1935)

    L'attelage effrayé par un oiseau c.1970
    Aube Elléouët (b.1935)
    Collage
    H 31 x W 27 cm
    Rediscovering Art by Women
    L'attelage effrayé par un oiseau
    © the artist. Photo credit: Rediscovering Art by Women

  • Nusch Éluard (1906–1945)

    Exquisite Corpse (Cadavre Exquis) c.1930
    André Breton (1896–1966) and Nusch Éluard (1906–1945) and Valentine Hugo (1887–1968) and Paul Éluard (1895–1952)
    Graphite on paper
    H 31 x W 24 cm
    Tate
    Exquisite Corpse (Cadavre Exquis)
    © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2024. Photo credit: Tate

  • Mary Dawson Elwell (1874–1952)

    The Front Door 1940
    Mary Dawson Elwell (1874–1952)
    Oil on canvas
    H 76 x W 63.5 cm
    Bradford Museums and Galleries
    The Front Door
    Photo credit: Bradford Museums and Galleries

  • Tracey Emin (b.1963)

    I Want My Time With You 2018
    Tracey Emin (b.1963)
    Neon light installation
    W 2000 cm
    I Want My Time With You
    © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: Colleen Rowe Harvey / Art UK

  • Florence Engelbach (1872–1951)

    A Lot of Roses
    Florence Engelbach (1872–1951)
    Oil on canvas
    H 76.1 x W 65.8 cm
    Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
    A Lot of Roses
    Photo credit: Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

  • Grace English (1891–1956)

    Female Figure Lying on a Couch 1916
    Grace English (1891–1956)
    Oil on canvas
    H 50.8 x W 76.2 cm
    UCL Culture
    Female Figure Lying on a Couch
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: UCL Culture

  • Jessie Etchells (1892–1933)

    Three Figures c.1912
    Jessie Etchells (1892–1933)
    Oil on canvas
    H 30.4 x W 45.5 cm
    Charleston
    Three Figures
    Photo credit: Charleston

  • Jessie Benton Evans (1866–1954)

    Superstition Mountain, Arizona Desert, USA late 19th C
    Jessie Benton Evans (1866–1954)
    Oil on board
    H 38.7 x W 35 cm
    Torre Abbey Museum
    Superstition Mountain, Arizona Desert, USA
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Torre Abbey Museum

  • Margaret Elizabeth Evans (b.1932)

    Landscape 1955 (?)
    Margaret Elizabeth Evans (b.1932)
    Oil on canvas
    H 101.7 x W 127 cm
    UCL Culture
    Landscape
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: UCL Culture