Moderated by Susan Mumford, founder of The Association of Women Art Dealers, the panel will discuss women in art and what it means to be a working female artist in today’s art market. It will also explore enduring gender bias in the viewing of art, and what women-only and gender-conscious initiatives can do to address it head on.
The panel discussion coincides with the opening of Underneath, a collaboration between ArtleadHER and Lawrence Alkin Galleryin Soho. The female-only show features 11 thought-provoking artists working within a wide variety of medium and styles including Swoon, Kit King, Ingrid Baars, Delphine Diallo, Elizabeth Waggett, Meredith Marsone, Lucy Sparrow, Zoe Grace, Teresa Duck, Abi Whitlock andJuliette Clovis. The show is open to the public from Friday 7th April – Saturday 6th May.
Elizabeth Waggett is a British artist and designer currently residing and maintaining full time studio practice in New York City. Eminently modern and free spirited, Elizabeth’s artwork focuses on the confusion of today’s modern society. She challenges the viewer to confront the relationship between humanity’s preconceived notions of value and worth in our consumable world.
Zoe Grace defines herself as an opportunistic artist, finding street signs and modifying them to contain statements intended to spread messages of hope and positivity. This theme continues into her exhibited 3D neon and light pieces, which are owned by a number of celebrities and have attracted widespread media attention for their uplifting and empowering nature. Following a hugely successful solo show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery in 2016, Zoe has since been commissioned to create several installation pieces for the iTunes Music Festival in LA and has exhibited at Scope Miami. London-based, Zoe is a keen supporter of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint and is currently running a series of workshops encouraging young people to convey their message to the world through art.
Delphine Diallo is a French and Senegalese photographer based in New York City. In 1999, Delphine graduated from the Académie Charpentier School of Visual Art in Paris. In 2008, she moved to New York to pursue a career as a fine artist and quickly developed a style that juxtaposes reality with imaginary consciousness, fashion with documentary, and tradition with modernity.
Mashonda is the founder of Art LeadHER, a platform celebrating women in the art world and encouraging young women pursuing careers in the visual arts through events and arts education. Art LeadHER encourages camaraderie among female art connoisseurs, buyers and collectors. By pairing underexposed female artists with their established contemporaries, artists are given the opportunity to learn, collaborate and grow.
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Susan Mumford is a game-changer in the 21st Century art world. While running a gallery in Soho, she founded the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), a non-profit trade network with London, New York and virtual chapters, with members dotted around the globe. AWAD’s mission is to facilitate business and collaborations between and for women art dealers. She is also founder of social enterprise Be Smart About Art, which helps art world professionals thrive in a changing industry. In late 2015, her first book was published: Art is your life. Make it your living.