Women have been artists since prehistoric times but have often been discouraged, marginalized and omitted from the history of art. This changed in the 20th century and today, women are amongst the most prolific artists, musicians, and writers including in the Muslim world. Some prominent contemporary examples are artists such as Shahzia Sikander, Nilima Sheikh, and Salima Arastu.

We have a wealth of artistic talent as well, and here we show a selection of paintings of women, as seen by our female artists, to depict their art and to celebrate their talent.