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News from Our Partners: Photographer Vladislav Kolev documents the Store Street Framing Workshop

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Vladislav Kolev is London based visual artist working with photography. AWAD’s London Partners in matters of framing and related services, Store Street Framing asked him to spend some time in their workshop and make a piece that illustrates the great craft and sheer hard work that goes into hand-finished frames. Kolev came back with some beautiful images, a selection of which are seen here courtesy of the artist and Store Street Framing, and many more can be seen via this link.

My fascination with photographic images began before I even got my first camera. My interest in photography grew almost instantly after many years of painting, making sculptures and mixed media experiments. I see it as a natural progression that I moved into photography full time where a combination of things that dwelled inside me found their way out through this medium.

Artist’s Statement by Vladislav Kolev

Store Street Framing April 2017 Blog (Hand Painted Frames Image)

Store Street Framing April 2017 Blog (Stool + Leaf Image)

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Highlights from Photofairs, San Francisco, by Peppa Martin, truth and beauty gallery, Vancouver

Monday, February 20th, 2017
Image: Tabitha Soren, ‘The Puritan’ 023024-1’ 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Equinom Projects San Francisco
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We are grateful to Peppa Martin, owner of the truth and beauty gallery in Vancouver, Canada, for writing about the inaugural edition of Photofairs 2017  ‘live’ from the San Francisco.  Follow Peppa on Twitter & Instagram  for more information. Images courtesy of the artist and Peppa Martin.

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Banking on the growing success of three years in Shanghai, Photofairs launched its inaugural North American edition in San Francisco January 27-29th, arriving at the former historic U.S. Army San Francisco Port of Embarkation, now the picturesque waterfront Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture Festival Pavilion.

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Comparatively smaller in scale than other international fairs, this event managed to succeed where even the behemoth ParisPhoto LA could not. As the Bay Area’s only fair exclusively dedicated to photographic arts, Photofairs SF distinguished itself by presenting a thoroughly polished and impressive array– exhibiting a tight, balanced selection of high calibre, thoughtful work.

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Thirty four national and international galleries were on hand from fourteen countries, showcasing emerging and recognized artists across the fair’s public program and platforms, including panels, moderated talks and installations.

Photofairs San Francisco’s curation brought together vintage and blue-chip works alongside cutting-edge contemporary photography. Sarah Shepard, PHOTOFAIRS‘ San Francisco-based manager reported “the response to the scope and quality of the photography presented by both the national and international participating galleries, many of whom brought new works and artists never before exhibited on the West Coast, was overwhelmingly positive.”

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From our Partner Annabel Kaye of Irenicon: How the Uber decision affects your team

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
This article was written by Annabel Kaye, Founder of Irenicon,  AWAD’s Partner in the field of Human Resources & Legal Support

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Sometimes a legal decision comes along that really is a game changer – at least for some. This week’s employment tribunal decision has caused quite a stir. Uber has been paying drivers as ‘self-employed’ and has not taken on board that there are 3 categories of worker in the UK;

1 – Genuinely in business (self-employed)
2 – Worker
3 – Employee

Like so many other organisations Uber has forgotten the one in the middle.

While Uber is going to appeal the decision, it is highly unlikely the will succeed and the result of this is that they have to face claims for national minimum wage, statutory holiday and more. For more information on what how we got here and what this means in general check here.

There are tests that are applied to who is self-employed and who is a worker. It’s not a simple as saying – you are self-employed.

If you are paying regular freelancers in the UK please claim your free review from our specialist team. Irenicon’s KoffeeKlatch service is all about the freelancers you pay. Just click here and claim your confidential free review. You will get some questions to answer and you can send your contract back for an honest opinion on whether you need to change what you are doing. When answering the questions please make sure you add in that you are an AWAD member, so that you get priority place in the review system.

If you are not using any form of contracts, you need to protect your business (and your freelancers) from unexpected problems. As AWAD members you can claim your AWAD discount on all KoffeeKlatch agreements (for more information & the discount code click here). They start at £35+VAT (before you apply your discount code). Have a look at the contract options here. They come in three options – basic, brandable, and editable. For more information on what support is included in each option check here.

Don’t ignore this legal decision. You could be running up substantial liabilities for the future. Now is a great time to get yourself straightened out.

Image courtesy of Unsplash

Unconscious bias and the art world (Part I of II)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

In advance of the Aqua Art Miami & Association of Women Art Dealers’ collaboration during Miami Art Week 2016, two blog posts by Susan Mumford, our Founder and CEO, address key facets of gender disparity in the sector. This first part brings to light a silent enabler of gender disparity: unconscious bias.

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According to the UK-based lecturer Sandy Sparks*, unconscious bias “refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences.

Does this sound familiar to your own experiences or those you’ve seen of others?

This bias can affect the decisions of men and women alike, decisions that are at the detriment of women’s careers – albeit without their knowledge. And it sometimes reveals itself in the open. Take for instance a question I was asked as an emerging gallerist in my mid-twenties: “So when do you plan on having a family?” Combined with the tone of voice used, the 50-year old male artist might as well have asked, “When will you decide to focus on your personal life and stop representing me?” The question ostensibly sprang from raging doubts in the back of his mind. This type of experience results in many women working out how to answer such seemingly left-field questions in advance, so that when presented, they’re swiftly dealt with before moving onto the subject at hand, the unconscious bias moved out of the way.

Hollywood actor, producer and writer Geena Davis** has become an advocate for the cause and says, “We have to keep in mind the tremendous amount of unconscious bias against women. Because if women and men were truly equally talented and equally hired based on their talent and ability, we would have half of both. While her focus is the film industry, the sentiment equally applies to the art world. She adds, “Even if people say, ‘I’m just hiring the best person for the job,’ and they keep hiring male directors, it’s not something they are necessarily completely aware of,” adding that if people cannot defeat their biases on their own, then “we need to take measures to defeat it.” What might such a measure look like in the art world? Galleries could readily represent as many women as men. Critics could make a concerted effort to review galleries run by women, in addition to solo shows by women artists. While I appreciate that such a regimented approach isn’t welcome by many, I urge mindfulness of gender balance in your professional life. Should you identify an imbalance, work out a solution to improve it.

Needless to say, you can only find a solution once you’re aware of the root of a problem, and when it comes to unconscious bias, the first step is awareness. By shifting unconscious thoughts and judgements into your conscious mind, day in, day out, you’re positioned to make objectively minded decisions that work towards a gender balanced art world.

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Want more insight on gender dynamics in the art world? Keen to take advantage of networking opportunites?

Lady art dealers, join the next online meeting of the AWAD Virtual Chapter on Monday 10th October 2016! 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm UK. — Free for qualifying visitors to attend–

(See all upcoming events in the AWAD Calendar.)

Check out the Aqua Art Miami website and follow on social media:

Instagram: @artmiamifairs Twitter:@Art_Miami

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*What is Unconscious Bias; considerations and top tips (2nd June 2014. Sandy Sparks University of Warwick, LDC, Research Active Staff & Vitae Hub co-ordinator.

**See the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

From our Partners at Westbury: What can artists do to preserve their art for future generations

Monday, September 5th, 2016

 

This article was written by Keith Graham, Partner at Westbury Accountants and Business Advisors, AWAD’s Partner in this field

 

  1. What will happen to my art after my death?
  2. How can I ensure my family benefit from my lifelong work?
  3. Will my art retain its value?
  4. Who will manage my collection?

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These and others are the sort of questions that we are being asked increasingly by our many artist clients. Of course, there are many advantages to becoming successful as an artist but success brings with it a whole new set of challenges.

What to do with your art?

In our experience, once artists begin to think about their own mortality, they become increasingly concerned with the question of what to do with their art. Many think that this is something that could be dealt with just by a well-drafted will; others wonder whether they should be setting up a foundation during their lifetime.

What is clear is that these questions have to be faced up to. Picasso died without a will leaving a legacy of massive legal battles. Dalí set up a foundation but his affairs were still extremely untidy. Rothko left clear instructions but his executors certainly did not understand fully (or chose not to) his real wishes. On the other hand, the Henry Moore Foundation is an excellent example of careful planning and competent management of an estate. (more…)

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