Dr Helen Gorrill


Contemporary Art Practice, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

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Helen lectures in Critical and Contextual Studies for contemporary art practice at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD). She is currently in a three-book deal with Bloomsbury Academic Press (London & New York): firstly, Women Can’t Paint: Gender, the Glass Ceiling and Values in Contemporary Art (2020); secondly, her second monograph for Bloomsbury, Women and Contemporary Art Now: Gender Inequality in the Virtual Artworld; and thirdly, Wife, Witch, Whore: Essential Conversations about Gender, Art and Culture. Helen has also been invited to contribute to a new project with Phaidon (New York), and Routledge’s new International Handbook of Heritage and Gender.

Helen is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead for DJCAD; and Chair of In-Gear, a new initiative and forum for intersectional gender equality in the arts research, which was selected by the University of Dundee for its prestigious Honorary Graduate's Award for Inclusive Practice 2021. Helen is the Athena Swan lead for the school, and the SAT Data Lead for the University's 2021 Race Charter application. In addition, Helen is a member of DJCAD’s Research Committee, Ethics Committee, and the Public Engagement Operations Group.

Helen's PhD thesis 'The Gendered Economic and Symbolic Values in Contemporary British Paintin' was co-supervised by the Royal College of Art. Helen’s work Women Can’t Paint is held in the permanent research collections of the V&A, the Met (New York), MoMA (NY), Baltic, Tate Britain, the Museums Association, and many other international institutions. Women Can’t Paint is also in the Top 25 USA academic bestsellers for art and design (Library Journal 2021).

Helen’s artwork is included in the Brooklyn Museum’s artabase archive (New York). She has written on gender equality in the arts for The Guardian/Observer, and been interviewed for multiple publications on art and gender. As an academic she applies disruptive techniques to challenge stagnancy in gender equality, feminist methodologies and the visual arts. Helen welcomes applications from prospective PhD projects in the areas of visual arts (in)equalities, gender, intersectionality, feminisms (art and theory), gendered aesthetics, and painting theory.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for an informal discussion at hgorrill001@dundee.ac.uk.

Currently supervising

Doctoral candidate: Ms Cat Dunn
Intersectionality, Feminisms and Marginalised Groups through Curatorial Practice