This event is the first of two, linked Art History Day Schools. Tickets are available for each individual session (£30 each) or as a pair (£55).

To book for just this session, click HERE. To book both days click HERE.

The history of women in art has tended to be one of defiance and struggle against dispiriting odds, with very few exceptions to encourage them in the fight. In association with the Women with Vision  these two, linked day schools explore the achievement of women artists in sculpture and portrait painting  - both considered until recently the prerogative of the male hand and gaze.

These day schools are led by Dr Justine Hopkins - a freelance lecturer in Art History. Previously, Dr Hopkins has lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Bristol, London, Oxford and Cambridge Universities; the Tate, National and National Portrait Galleries; Sotheby’s, Christies’ and assorted independent institutions, and is a registered lecturer for NADFAS. 

Encountering the Image: Women, Sculpture and Women Sculptors

"Carving is inter-related masses conveying emotion; a perfect relationship between the mind and the stone, made by the hand that feels. It must be so essentially sculpture that it can exist in no other way, something completely the right size but which has growth, something still yet having movement … Vitality is not a physical, organic quality of sculpture, it is a spiritual inner life."  Barbara Hepworth

The first of these two Art History Day Schools explores women in sculpture and the female artists that have pushed the boundaries of this male-dominated discipline.

The day will explore the lives and work of Barbara Hepworth, Kate Malone, Cornelia Parker and others, discovering more about the contexts they were working in and the enormous impact they had. The day will also include a tour of the current exhibition Women with Vision and the chance to see sculpture by Elisabeth Frink and works from the RWA permanent collection in the flesh.

For a complete breakdown of  the day, please download the Day School Outline below.



Times & Prices

10.30am - 4.30pm

£30 per day or £55 for two days


or book for both Day School sessions HERE



Day School Outline


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