“You can’t sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it” - Faith Ringgold

At a Glance

  • Classroom course
  • Mondays 18:00-20:00
  • 10 weeks: October to December
  • Tutor: Dr Tilly Scantlebury
  • Fees from £126 to £235
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This course is confirmed to run.

We invite you to join Dr Tilly Scantlebury on a ten-week course in which we will be encouraged to think boldly and broadly about ground-breaking women artists and their diverse feminist tactics. We will ask questions about visibility and representation and take artwork seriously as a site of radical potential.

The course is organised chronologically and thematically, providing an overview of the role of women and feminism in the history of art. You will be introduced to a range of critical thinkers and feminist art historical writing, which will help us interrogate both the art object and the category of gender. In the classes we will also think about art in relation to ideas of the body and sexuality and their intersections with class and race.

No previous knowledge of art history is necessary, and the content will be equally accessible to both those new to the subject and those with more experience. The sessions are designed to encourage discussion and debate, while also allowing us to explore the historical, social, and political issues at stake in art history and visual culture.

Attendance Certificate


Successful completion of this course leads to the award of an Imperial College attendance certificate


Terms and conditions apply to all enrolments to this course. Please read them before enrolment

Course Information

Course Programme and Additional Reading

Course Programme (subject to possible change)

1.    What’s at stake? Revolutionary thinking, radical making
2.    Breaking ground, making history
3.    Modern life, modern women
4.    Pioneers of the Avant-garde
5.    60s sculpture and the Abstract Erotic  
6.    Remaking the home
7.    Performance art and the politics of the body
8.    Young British (Women) Artists
9.    Feminism and queer photographic portraits
10.  Where are we now: subverting the canon

There is no compulsory reading for this course, but if you would like to read further on the subject you might enjoy:

  • Katy Hessel, The Story of Art Without Men, Penguin Books, 2022
  • Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life, Duke University Press, 2017.
  • Julia Bryan-Wilson, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Routledge, 1990.
  • Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment, Routledge, 2002.

Your Tutor

Dr Tilly Scantlebury studied art history at University College London and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and gained a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2021.Tilly has taught feminist art history on MA and BA courses and delivers accessible arts workshops to schools, colleges and adults across the UK as a Public Programmes Educator. Tilly's academic research focuses on feminist and queer American art from 1990 to the present, ranging from sculpture, photography, and graphic novels. 



Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 20 10 Early Bird: £212  (£10.60 p/h) 
Full price: £235   (£11.75 p/h)
Early Bird: £126  (£6.30 p/h) 
Full price: £140   (£7 p/h)
Early Bird: £166  (£8.30 p/h) 
Full price: £185   (£9.25 p/h)
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course. Early Bird rates available 1 August to 30 September 2022 only. Part-payments are not possible. Equivalent to hourly rate is shown for comparison guidance only, it is not possible to pay pro-rata hourly rates.

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors)
  • Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Students, staff and Governors of Woodhouse College and the IC Mathematics School
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should contact eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form

Associate Rate

  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Co-operative College members
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Members of the Kennel Club
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Teachers and other staff of UK schools
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many of our adult education courses after the course has already started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Friends and Family Scheme

This course is eligible for the  allowing Imperial College students and staff to share their discount with their friends and family.

Term Dates 2022-23

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 Week commencing 10 October to week ending 17 December 2022* n/a n/a
*This is a 1-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August 2022. Early bird discounts are available from 1 August to 30 September 2022.

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. When enrolling:

  • Do check on the drop down menu above called "Course Fees and Rate Categories" to see if you are eligible for a discounted rate and also do make sure you select that rate when enrolling on the eStore
  • If you are a first-time eStore user you will need to create an account before enrolling. You can do this by entering an email address and password. This account can then be used for any future enrolments via the eStore.

When you have enrolled you will be sent the following email notifications:

What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working days. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the academic content or teaching of this course please contact the Course Tutor, Dr Tilly Scantlebury, m.scantlebury@imperial.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your enrolment or payment processes please contact the Programme Administrator, Christian Jacobi, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk