We are creating a unique resource to encourage audiences to explore the contribution of inspirational, pioneering and significant women in photography. We …

  • Research the work of women artists around the world.  We are not afraid to tackle taboo subjects and complex issues
  • Create opportunities for audiences to connect, create and contribute
  • Amplify the voices and perspectives which are often marginalised
  • Challenge gender imbalance in the arts
  • Survey the past and put the record straight about the contribution of the pioneering heroines of photography
  • Create learning resources about women in the visual arts and photography
  • Celebrate the creativity and imagination of our heroines and make their work more widely known and accessible

Examples of how we do this:


From Survivors of Abuse © Smita Sharma

Read more about Smita and her work.


Our lockdown film festival, curated by Lisl Ponger, frequently challenges preconceptions.


From Questions (After Brecht), 2020 © Karen Knorr

Listen to the podcast and hear Karen talk about the inspiration behind her latest book.

The Past 

The Bombay Zoo, 1930s by Homai Vyarawalla  © HV Archive/Alkazi Collection of Photography

Visit our archive of Heroines past.

Voyages of Discovery

Create your own Voyage of Discovery and share it on our website.

Our Community

Our volunteers and bootcampers form the heart of our community.  Bonded by a quest for knowledge about women in the visual arts.  Read more.


From Until You Change, 2020 © Paola Paredes

Paola Parades  illustrates personal and complex interactions between sexuality, culture and religion in her photo essay Until You Change.

Learning Resources 

 © Etinosa Yvonne

Exploring the work of two photographers (Etinosa Yvonne and Nobukho Nqaba) for Black History Month. Find out more.

Virtual Exhibition

Anemoia – a virtual gallery with audio that brings together the work of seven Historical Heroines:  Esther Bubley, Fanny Foster, Homai Vyarawalla, Nancy Sheung,