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Gwen John and Beyond with Alicia Foster and Jennifer Higgie


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Join curator Alicia Foster and writer Jennifer Higgie in conversation as they discuss the history of women artists.

Embark on an exploration of women artists and their impact on art history in an unmissable conversation between Alicia Foster and Jennifer Higgie. Join us as they discuss the importance of Gwen John, shedding light on her remarkable contributions and discover why the ongoing mission of unearthing and celebrating women’s art remains vital in today’s world.

Prepare to be inspired as we explore the hidden narratives and extraordinary talents of women artists.

Book tickets


Tickets cost £15 and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Our galleries, including the Gwen John: Life and Art in London and Paris exhibition will be open until 8pm. If you would also like to visit the exhibitions, you can book your a half-price ticket here. (Entry to the galleries is not included in event ticket).

Speaker bios

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Alicia Foster

Dr Alicia Foster is an art historian, curator and novelist. She curated the first ever museum show of Jessica Dismorr’s work for Pallant House Gallery, Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries, in 2019, and wrote the accompanying highly praised book (Lund Humphries).

Previous publications include Gwen John (Tate, third edition, 2015), the first complete survey of women artists in Tate collections Tate Women Artists (Tate, 2004) and a monograph on Nina Hamnett (Eiderdown Press, 2021). Her novel Warpaint was published by Penguin/Figtree in 2013.

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Jennifer Higgie

Jennifer Higgie is an Australian writer who lives in London. Her books The Mirror & The Palette: Rebellion, Resilience and Resistance: 500 Years of Women’s Self Portraits (2021) and The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit (2023) are published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. She also writes screenplays.

Jennifer has a BA Fine Art (Painting) from the Canberra School of Art, and a MA (Fine Art, Painting) from Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne; her paintings are in various public and private collections in Australia. She travelled to London on a Murdoch Fellowship in 1995 and stayed.