Professor Dr Katy Deepwell
Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism
Katy Deepwell's research and teaching covers: contemporary art, feminist art history, feminist art theory and criticism, the work of contemporary women artists, art histories of modernism, post-modernism and the global contemporary and feminist theory. She is a PhD supervisor at Middlesex.
A full list of her publications can be found here.
In March 2017, she opened n.paradoxa's MOOC (mass open online course) on contemporary art and feminism at http://nparadoxa.com.The MOOC was reviewed by Parme Guintini, Kathleen Wentrack, and Anne Swartz for Art History Pedagogy and Practice in Jan 2018. In May 2020, a second MOOC on Feminist-Art-Manifestos opened on the same site.
View Katy Deepwell's Feminist Art Seminars at the ICA (4 video recordings on Vimeo from 2011).
Documentation of the 2017 conference, Local/Global Dynamics in Feminism and Contemporary Art, organised by Create/Feminisms cluster can be found at: http://www.ktpress.co.uk/localglobalconference2017.asp
Recent Chapters in Books
Katy Deepwell on "n.paradoxa's MOOC' in Gail Crimmins (ed) 'Strategies for Resisting Sexism in the Academy: Higher Education, Gender and Intersectionality' (Springer/Palgrave, 2019)
This chapter is an exploration of decisions made in constructing n.paradoxa's MOOC (a mass open online course) on contemporary art and feminism.
The MOOC, constructed as 10 lessons with discussion forums, is available: https://nparadoxa.com
Read more about the MOOC in an extensive review by: Giuntini, Parme; Anne Swartz; and Kathleen Wentrack. 2017. "MOOCs 2.0: Reviewing n.paradoxa's MOOC on Contemporary Art and Feminism." Art History Pedagogy & Practice 2, (2)
‘Art Criticism and Africa: AICA Conference at the Courtauld Institute, London, 1996’ in Jean-Marc Poinsot and Henry Meyric Hughes (eds) A Celebration of AICA’s 70th Anniversary / Une Célébration du 70ème anniversaire de l’AICA: 1949-50 – 2019-20. The Histories of AICA, continued (online publication on AICA International website, 25 September 2019. https://aica-international.squarespace.com/blog/2019/9/25/art-criticism-and-africa
‘In and Against the lathouse: the problematic for women artists in art histories’ in Concepción Cortés Zulueta et al. (ed) Géneros y Subjetividades (Spain: Abada, forthcoming 2021)
‘Why 1989? Writing about feminism, art and “the global contemporary”’ in Elvan Zabunyan et al, ‘Subjectivités féministes, queer et postcoloniales en art contemporain: une histoire en mouvements’ (forthcoming, France: éditions iXe, October 2020), following conference (University of Rennes II, 8-10 April 2015).
‘Feminist contentions in art criticism: corrections, interrogations and exchanges’ for Antje Kramer-Mallordy (ed) ‘Reframing the (Art) World – Commitment, Challenges and Crises of International Art Criticism since 1945 (AICA conference), Universite Rennes 2, (University of Rennes/AICA, forthcoming 2020)
Forthcoming and recently published Academic Articles
‘Identity/Alterity re-de-constructed in Repetition and Difference’ for Art History
Special issue on Remapping British Art: Three Moments of Modernism.
Guest editors: Sonia Boyce and Dorothy Price. (in production for early 2021)
‘Witches, Feminist representations in contemporary art and Misogyny’ Pomegranate: International Pagan Journal
special issue on representations of Witches (Equinox Publishing, due Summer/Fall 2020)
‘Art Criticism and the State of Feminist Art Criticism’ Arts (MDPI journal)
Special Issue on ‘State of Art Criticism’, Feb 2020.
‘Postdigital Education, Feminism, Women’ Postdigital Education (Springer) (Jan 2020) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42438-019-00096-1
Interview with Silvia Ziranek: ‘I enjoy appearance, colour, shape and form – and I love dressing up’ Studio International online, September 2019. https://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/silvia-ziranek-interview-i-enjoy-appearance-colour-shape-form-love-dressing-up
Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms
A Create/Feminisms conference, 2 July 2018, Middlesex University
The Create/Feminisms 2018 conference was on the subject of Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms.
Keynote Speakers: Tanja Ostojic (artist, Berlin); Ewa Majewska (critical theorist, ICI, Berlin/ Warsaw); Christine Eyene (curator, University of Central Lancashire)
Organiser: Katy Deepwell
This one-day conference aims to reflect on feminist activism and artivism in/through the many different kinds of contemporary art practices, campaigns and art projects and to explore the rich history of feminism’s innovative and diverse approaches and contributions to both art and politics. This is a feminist research event aiming to bring together artists, writers, curators and self-defined artivists and activists, academics and non-academics, theorists and practitioners.
How do the practices of feminist art workers and activists identify, comment, reflect, address and question issues related to changes in civil and political rights over their bodies; campaigns around health and social care and violence against women; in anti-nuclear and anti-militarist campaigns for the end of conflicts or for peace; in protests about women's rights as workers, citizens, refugees or migrants; for LGBTQI rights; for disability rights?
Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms
Publication from this event: Katy Deepwell (ed) Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms (Amsterdam: Valiz, March 2020) ISBN: 9789492095725
Editor: Katy Deepwell
Contributors: Linda Aloysius, Marissa Begonia, Sreyashi Tinni Bhattacharyya, Marisa Carnesky, Paula Chambers, Amy Charlesworth, Emma Curd, Katy Deepwell, Tal Dekel, Emma Dick, Lior Elefant, Christine Eyene, Abbe Leigh Fletcher, GraceGraceGrace, Alana Jelinek, Sonja van Kerkhoff, Alexandra Kokoli, Elke Krasny, Loraine Leeson, Laura Malacart, Rosy Martin, Alice Maude-Roxby, Kathleen Mullaniff, Louise O’Hare, Tanja Ostojić, Martina Pachmanová, Gill Park, Pune Parsafar, Roxane Permar, Anne Robinson, Stefanie Seibold, Pam Skelton, Mare Tralla, Christina Vasileiou, Camille Melissa Waring, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Virginia Yiqing Yang
Design: Lotta Lara Schröder
Women Artists Between the Two World Wars: ‘A Fair Field and No Favour’
(Manchester University Press, 2010)
355 pages, 121 illustrations, 4 tables. ISBN 978-0-7190-8080-7.
This study of the situation of women artists in Britain 1918-1945, based on my PhD, is supported by two publication grants from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and was completed during my time as a Leverhulme Research Fellow (2008-2009).
Dialogues: Women Artists from Ireland. (London: IB Tauris, 2005).
195 pages, 346 illustrations.ISBN 1-85043-621-5.
A collection of in-depth interviews with 16 contemporary women artists working or born in both Northern Ireland and Eire but living in Europe, America, UK and Eire, reviewing 10 years of their work. This project began during a residency at IMMA, Dublin. It is Arts Council of England and University of Ulster funded.
Artists: Orla Barry; Maud Cotter; Pauline Cummins; Rita Duffy; Frances Hegarty; Jaki Irvine; Sandra Johnston; Sharon Kelly; Mary McIntyre; Susan MacWilliam; Alice Maher; Alanna O’Kelly; Catherine Owens; Vivienne Roche; Anne Tallentire; Louise Walsh
(Co-Edited with Mila Bredikhina) The Gender, Theory and Art Anthology: 1970-2000 (Moscow: Rosspen Publishing House, 2005) ISBN: 5-8243-0595-1
587 pages, no illustrations.
An anthology of feminist texts in art theory, criticism and art: includes Lucy Lippard, Mary Kelly, Griselda Pollock, Marlite Halbertsma, Linda Nochlin, Laura Mulvey, Martha Rosler, Anne-Marie Sauzeau Boetti, Valie Export, Helene Cixous, Sandy Flitterman-Lewis and Judith Barry, Luce Irigaray, Monique Wittig, Michele Barratt, Craig Owens, Rosi Braidotti, Donna Haraway, Rita Felski, Gisela Ecker, Faith Wilding...and an essay by Katy Deepwell.
Translation of 27 texts from English/ French/ German to Russian supported by Women’s Committee, Open Society, Soros Foundation, Moscow.
Each text has a 300 word introduction by Katy Deepwell.
Editor of Art Criticism and Africa (Saffron Books, July 1997)
ISBN 1-872843-13-1 100pp.13 essays plus introduction by editor.
An anthology of essays from writers based in South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Egypt from the 1996 ‘Art Criticism and Africa’ AICA conference at the Courtauld Institute, 1996.
This conference was organised by AICA, UK with Sajid Rizvi, James Hyman and Bisi Silva.
Contributors include: Heather Waddell, Bisi Silva, John Picton, Evelyn Nicodemus, Murray McCartney, Barbara Murray, Tony Mhonda, David Koloane, Colin Richards, Chika Okeke, Fatma Isamil Afifi, Olu Oguibe, George Shire.
Editor of Women Artists and Modernism (Manchester University Press, 1998).
150pp.11 essays ISBN 0-7190-5082-0
An anthology of 11 new essays on women artists in the twentieth century, focusing on different approaches to feminist methods in art history.
The essays are by: Renee Baert, Jane Beckett, Rosemary Betterton, Deborah Cherry, Bridget Elliott, Joanna Frueh, Susan Platt, Hilary Robinson, Moira Roth, Pauline de Souza and Nedira Yakir.
Chapter by Katy Deepwell 'Barbara Hepworth and her Critics' plus introduction
Editor (& introductory essay) of New Feminist Art Criticism: Critical Strategies
(Manchester University Press, 1995)
ISBN 0-7190-4258-5, 201 pp. (Second edition, 1996, Third edition, 1998)
A collection of 23 new essays by feminist artists, writers, curators and art historians who took part in Women’s Art Library 10th Anniversary conference in London, 1992.
Introduction. pp.1-12 by the editor.
Katy Deepwell was Chair of Trustees of Women's Art Library at this time.
WAL was then a national charity and arts organisation with around 800 members and 6 staff. Women's Art Library, which began as Women Artists Slide Library, was founded, managed and directed by Pauline Barrie, 1980- 1996.
Spanish translation of this book: Nueva Critica Feminista de Arte (Valencia: Universidad de Valencia, 1998) ISBN 84-376-1632-8
Ten Decades: The Careers of Ten Women Artists born 1897-1906,
Exhibition Catalogue of Arts Council Touring Exhibition, Norwich Gallery, NIAD, April 1992, ISBN 1-872482-05-8 (Tour 1992: Morley College, London & Howard Gardens Gallery, CIAD) Exhibition designed and selected to form part of the ‘Marginalisation & Alienation’ series, curated by Lynda Morris.
(10,000 word catalogue essay, plus biographies, drawn from Katy Deepwell's PhD research on 'Women Artists in Britain between the Wars')
Artists selected: Eileen Agar, Evelyn Gibbs, Barbara Hepworth, Sylvia Melland, Emmy Bridgwater, Lilian Holt, Gertrude Hermes, Nan Youngman, Betty Rea, Mary Adshead.
KT press ebooks
Feminist Art Manifestos: An Anthology (KT press, 2014)
Feminist Art Manifestos: An Anthology (KT press, 2014) 132 pages, 35 art manifestos by and about contemporary women artists
Introduced by Katy Deepwell essay 'Negotiations'
Contributors of Manifestos included: MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES; AGNES DENES; MICHELE WALLACE; NANCY SPERO; MONICA SJOO AND ANNE BERG; RITA MAE BROWN; VALIE EXPORT; FEMINIST FILM AND VIDEO ORGANIZATIONS; KLONARIS / THOMADAKI; CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN; Z.BUDAPEST, U.ROSENBACH, S.B.A.COVEN; EWA PARTUM; WOMEN ARTISTS OF PAKISTAN ; CHILA BURMAN; EVA AND CO ; VNS MATRIX ; VIOLETTA LIAGATCHEV; OLD BOYS NETWORK; LILY BEA MOOR (aka SENGA NENGUDI) ; DORA GARCIA ; SUBROSA; ORLAN; RHANI LEE REMEDES; FACTORY OF FOUND CLOTHES; FEMINIST ART ACTION BRIGADE; METTE INGVARTSEN; XABIER ARAKISTAIN ; YES! ASSOCIATION/FÖRENINGEN JA!; ARAHMAIANI; GUERRILLA GIRLS; JULIE PERINI; ELIZABETH M. STEPHENS AND ANNIE M. SPRINKLE; LUCIA TKACOVA and ANETTA MONA CHISA; SILVIA ZIRANEK; MARTINE SYMS.
A second MOOC at https://nparadoxa.com was published with 6 lessons based on this book in May 2020
Lecture in Prague, 3 May 2018
Keynote lecture funded as an Erasmus + exchange and as a collaboration between UMPRUM and AVU, Prague.
Part of a week of seminars and lectures to PhD and MA students in art history and art theory.
Two interviews were published with Katy Deepwell.
Klara Pelouskova 'Katy Deepwell: Feminismus není jen jeden' Artalk, Czech Republic, 11.6.2018 http://artalk.cz/2018/06/11/katy-deepwell-feminismus-neni-jen-jeden/
HANA JANEČKOVÁ 'Katy Deepwell: Pokud chcete udělat něco radikálního, tak přestanete'
Flash Art Czech & Slovak Edition, No. 50, Volume XIV, December 2018 – February 2019
Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds: 'Indigenous Cultural Politics: Artistic and Performative Strategies of Resistance and Activism'
Neda Mohamadi 'Art and Migration'
Pune Parsafar 'Iranian Women Activists, a Documentary: Representation of women in Iranian independent cinema'
Gizem Dogonay 'Unexpected Encounters with Food: Ceramic Art practices based on Food anthropology'
Elina Suoyro: 'Transmitting positive affects and creating emancipatory energies as a feminist curatorial strategy' (awarded PhD, 2019)
Frances Hatherley: 'Sublime Dissension: A Working-Class Anti-Pygmalion Aesthetics of the Female Grotesque' (awarded PhD, 2017)