How to achieve gender parity in arts leadership? - The Courtauld Institute of Art

How to achieve gender parity in arts leadership?

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Gender Matters - Women and Arts Leadership, Panel Discussion, Research Forum

How to achieve gender parity in arts leadership?

  • Thursday 18 January 2018
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN


  • Sue Owen - Permanent Under Secretary, DCMS
  • Caroline Campbell - Head of the Curatorial Department, The National Gallery
  • Ian Blatchford - Director of Science Museum Group
  • Fatoş Üstek - Independent Curator and Writer
  • Alexandra Hess - Partner at the private equity firm CINVEN, Co-Founder of Level 20

Organised by

  • Sonnet Stanfill - Acting Senior Curator, V&A and Chair, Courtauld Association Committee
  • Alixe Bovey - Head of Research, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Gabriela Cala-Lesina - Special Partnerships Manager, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Ingrid Guiot - Events Producer, The Courtauld Institute of Art


Gender matters: How to achieve gender parity in arts leadership? is the second panel debate of a new series dedicated to women and arts leadership

On this occasion, the discussions will explore strategies for achieving greater gender parity in the cultural sector


The art world is not gender balanced. 70% of art museum curators are women, yet museum leadership retains a boy’s club reputation. None of the top three most visited art museums (The Louvre, The British Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art) have had a female director, and only four of the directors of the top twenty-five museums are women. Because museums frame the world for us, sometimes literally, museum leadership determines whose art and what kinds of culture count.

The Courtauld Institute of Art educates the directors and curators of many cultural institutions world-wide. To galvanise its 70% female alumnae and all those committed to gender parity in the arts, in 2017-18 The Courtauld will host an events series featuring influential leaders addressing central questions of gender balance in arts leadership.


The debate will be followed by a drinks reception in the Institute’s Foyer, at 20.00


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