Katy Owen

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Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
Doctoral researcher

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PhD Title: ‘Making an Exhibition of Herself’: Women, Art and Birmingham 1860–1920
Supervisor: Dr Kate Nichols (Art History, Curating and Visual Studies) and Dr Zoë Thomas (History)
PhD History of Art


  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • MA Art History


My PhD project examines the vital contribution of women to Birmingham’s creative culture between 1860 and 1920. My thesis focuses on the topics of art education, art objects, art exhibitions, the art market and sociability and philanthropy. The participation, contribution and influence of women, both artists and non-artists, is critical to an expanded understanding of Birmingham’s art world in the latter decades of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries.

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