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About AWAD

Mission & Vision:

The Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) facilitates business and collaborations between art dealers, gallerists and art consultants.

Our vision is to be the premier international network for women art dealers. We provide a platform for meeting fellow collaboratively-minded art dealers, gallerists and consultants.

Based in London and NYC, AWAD meets on a monthly basis at both locations and also welcomes membership applications from art dealers, art advisors and gallerists based worldwide.

Since 2016, AWAD is also piloting a Global Chapter open to women art dealers who are not able to attend London and New York meetings and events. Art dealers are spread far and wide around the globe, and AWAD is keen to support women art dealers regardless of location. Notably, AWAD’s mission is to support and facilitate business and enable collaboration between women art dealers.

AWAD Members work together in many ways, including art deals, gallery and pop-up exhibitions, art fairs, sharing of shipping costs to art fairs – and the list goes on. The organisation also offers masterclasses, networking events and online platforms. We believe that by working together as a whole, we benefit on an individual basis, by enjoying increasingly successful art businesses.

AWAD Membership:

Three levels of Membership are available: Full, Associate and StartUp. With our Members ranging from established to emerging, we are delighted to be accomplishing one of our founding principles with our StartUp Membership. Early stage dealers are supported in their formative years with mentoring by an established dealer Member. See more on becoming an AWAD Member.

Our structure:

AWAD is a Non-Profit Company and our Founder and CEO is Susan Johnson Mumford. The Board of Directors is made up of the following Members: Sylvie Gormezano, Chair of the AWAD Board,  Cynthia Corbett, Joanna BryantMK SemosSim Smith and Susan Eley.

The NYC / Tri-State Chapter launched in 2014 is led jointly by Ivy Brown and Robinson Holloway.

The London Chapter is led jointly by Jessica Lloyd-Smith and Joanna Bryant.

AWAD Patron – Georgina Adam

Georgina Adam

Journalist and author. Contributor to the Financial Times, the Art Newspaper, Georgina Adam has spent more than 30 years writing about the art market and the arts in general. She was editor of the Art Market section of The Art Newspaper 2000-2008, then editor at large. She wrote a weekly column for the Financial Times for eight years, until 2016. In 2014 she published “Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century” (Lund Humphries). In addition to her specialisation in the art market, Adam is particularly interested in emerging cultural centres. She lectures at Sotheby’s and Christie’s institutes in London and participates in panels about the market: she is a board member of Talking Galleries, patron of the Association of Women Art Dealers and member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). She is currently finishing a second book, also about the art market.

Testimonials

AWAD has been a great discovery for me, providing my gallery with invaluable help and support during my first year of membership.

-Vera Schuhmacher, Founder, Vera Schuhmacher Fine Art

AWAD is an excellent organisation. It is great to discuss ideas and exchange information. The topics discussed at the meetings I have attended were certainly of great interest.

-Hely Norton, Founder, Hanga Ten, Contemporary Japanese Prints

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with AWAD in the latter half of this year and I am very much looking forward to the programme in 2012. It has been invaluable to me as I have gone about launching Flash and the supportive atmosphere is very encouraging, both professionally and personally.

-Christabel Armsden, Director, Armsden

I joined AWAD as a Founding Member. Through my membership of AWAD, I was able to exhibit at the Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair earlier this year in collaboration with three other AWAD members with positive results. I have also moved into new gallery premises with another founder member, a move which has dramatically reduced my overhead and provides me with support for my business. AWAD offers a wonderful platform in which to meet other women operating in the art world and share ideas and best practice. I am delighted to be a part of such a dynamic association. 

-Barbara Stanley, Director, Barbara Stanley Gallery, Irish Contemporary Art

Thank you for all your help and support over the past year. I find my AWAD membership really valuable not to mention lots of fun!

-Jessica Lloyd-Smith, Founder, Modern Art Buyer

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