Twentieth Century Women Artists


The twentieth century saw several currently well-known artists flourish. Many female artists also produced great works during this period, but their names have vanished. This course will relate their history and reinstate them in well –known modern movements like Cubism and Surrealism.

Target audience:
This course will appeal to anyone who appreciates art history and is interested in learning more about twentieth century female artists.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will have:

  • gained a greater understanding of the art of the 20th century
  • learned about many unfamiliar but significant artists
  • acquired a context for famous names such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois

Course outline:
Each session will include a visual lecture presentation with time for questions and group discussion.

Session 1: 1900-1914: art for the new century
Session 2: Art in wartime
Session 3: Post-war modernities
Session 4: Women and abstraction
Session 5: Post-modernist opportunities

There is a short break halfway through each session, and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Pamela Gerrish Nunn is an experienced lecturer, having been Professor of Art History at the University of Canterbury before moving to Wellington. She is widely known for her expertise in women artists and 19th and 20th century art in general.

“Interesting topic, well researched and delivered in an engaging way. A privilege to have a lecturer of such talent and experience. A quality course”, William Morris: A man for all seasons participant, (2018)

“I got so much out of this course. An area I have not looked at much in the past and has set me on a new path. Pamela's lectures were of expert quality and full of information and extremely interesting. Thank you”, William Morris: A man for all seasons participant, (2018)

“Inspirational, in-depth presentation with plenty of scope for further self-study through references”, William Morris: A man for all seasons participant, (2018)

“I really enjoyed the style of lecture; a great mix of humour and information. Brought into a NZ context also which was interesting”, William Morris: A man for all seasons participant, (2018)

Relevant links:
School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.