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Heatherleys Exhibition: Women at Heatherleys for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

27 February – 10 March 2023


For Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Heatherleys presents:
Women at Heatherleys



Private View
Wednesday 8 March 2023
(International Women’s Day)
6:00pm – 8:00pm

27 February – 10 March 2023
Open Monday – Saturday
10.00am – 4.00pm

The Heatherley School of Fine Art
75 Lots Road, London SW10 0RN


We often remember the men who passed through an institution’s doors. With this exhibition we’re honouring the women who’ve made significant contributions to Heatherleys.

Archival material and artwork will be on display from some of the influential women Principals, course directors, chairwomen and alumnae from the school’s establishment in 1845 to the present day.

Photos from the archive



This is an opportunity to get to know notable alumnae such as Lady Butler and Kate Greenaway. Meet the formidable women behind the male Principals, influential in the history of art education in their own right, several of whom were actively involved in women’s rights and suffrage at home and abroad.


Founder of the The Thomas Heatherley Educational Trust


Director of Studies Helen Wilson at ‘The Heatherley-Wilson School of Arts and Crafts’ in Chalcot Gardens, Hampstead.
Director of Studies Helen Wilson at ‘The Heatherley-Wilson School of Arts and Crafts’ in Chalcot Gardens, Hampstead.


Learn about Helen Wilson, the founder of the charity ‘The Thomas Heatherley Educational Trust’ that still governs the school to this day. View work from inspirational artists and educators Susan Engledow and Principal Veronica Ricks who established the backbone of the school, Heatherleys’ Portrait Diploma, Sculpture Diploma and Painting & Printmaking Diploma.


Founders of the Heatherleys’ Diploma Courses



In this exhibition there are women for whom there are no photographs or artworks. However, we feel it is important that they are included and remembered. One of these women is alumna Kate Heatherley, a champion of Women’s Suffrage, fierce advocate of birth control and the estranged wife of Heatherleys Principal Thomas Heatherley.

Many distinguished women artists received their early training at Heatherleys. See below some of our alumnae.

Adolfine Mary Ryland (1903 – 1983) — Angela Brazil (1868 – 1947) — Anna Blunden (1829 – 1915) — Billie Waters (Phyllis Mary Waters) (1896 – 1979) — Caroline Gotch née Yates (1854 – 1945) — Dorothea Braby (1909 – 1987) — Dorothy Burroughes (1883 – 1963) — Edith Lovell Andrews (1886 –1980) — Edith Mabel Gabriel (1882 – 1972) — Elizabeth Thompson Butler (1846-1933) — Elyse Ashe Lord (1900 – 1971) — Emily Mary Osborn (1828-1925) — Evelyn Abelson née Levy (1886 – 1967) — Gladys Dawson later Gladys Woodruff (1909 – 1993) — Hazel Reeves MRSS SWA FRSA  — Jensine Costello (1886 – 1973) — Kate Greenaway (1858 – 1871) — Laura Herford (1831-1870) — Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879 – 1964) — Margaret Graeme Niven (1906 – 1997) — Margaret Tarrant (1888 – 1959) — Mary Gow (1851 – 1929) —  Posy Simmonds (b.1945) — Sybil Andrews (1898 – 1992)