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Enlightened Women: British Women Artists in the 18th Century, 9 September 2022

9 September 2022 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm


This event is one in a series of 15 BAN supported seminars for 2022.

A collaborative curatorial workshop on curating eighteenth-century women artists in British and Australian collections

‘Enlightened women: British women artists in the eighteenth century’ is a collaborative curatorial workshop comprising of a keynote address and a series of short form papers in the morning followed by a workshop in the afternoon. The aim of the workshop is to devise a curatorial rational for a hypothetical exhibition about women and visual culture in Britain during the eighteenth century. As a group, we will agree on our expected outcomes and share our ideas and results at the close of the day. This hypothetical exhibition would draw material from collections in the UK and Australia and an Australian iteration will be held at The Australian National University in October. There is also the opportunity to bring both groups together online in November. It is anticipated that proceedings from the seminar series will be published electronically and that all papers may be included subject to permission.

This event is open to academics, scholars, curators and arts workers with a specific interest in eighteenth-century studies.
BAN members can book their free tickets via Eventbrite. There are separate ticket options for in-person and online attendees.

The Royal Academy is highly accessible to all visitors and there are two disabled parking spaces which can be booked in advance. There is step-free access throughout the RA, either via ramps or lifts, and wheelchairs and portable stools are available to borrow. Large print exhibition guides are provided in the gallery spaces. Assistance dogs are also welcome.

Final programme below. A downloadable version can be found here.

Image: Angelica Kauffman RA, Self-portrait of the artist hesitating between the arts of music and painting, 1794, Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire © National Trust/Creative Commons

Poster for the Enlightened Women seminar



9 September 2022
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


The Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London, W1J 0BD
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