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Welcome to new London Chapter member Julia Alvarez

Monday, April 16th, 2018

We are delighted to welcome to the London Chapter of AWAD Julia Alvarez, director and founder of BEARSPACE in Deptford, South London.

Established in 2003, BEARSPACE is a pioneering art space exhibiting award-winning and emerging artists, selected for their response to contemporary culture and philosophy. BEARSPACE artists have gone on to show regularly at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Saatchi Gallery.

The gallery also featured in Refinery29’s top 10 coolest London galleries (that tourists will never find).

We look forward to seeing Julia at our upcoming events!

AWAD and the National Museum of Women in the Arts: Mayfair gallery tour

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

In collaboration with the UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and to celebrate Women’s History Month, AWAD members were invited to attend a special evening visit to Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and Richard Saltoun in London.

We started with a tour of the exhibition ‘Vice Versa’ by Sturtevant given by the curator Julia Peyton-Jones at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. The exhibition is the first posthumous London showing of the artist and the most recent in the UK since 2013. Featuring her iconic paintings, photographs, installation, video and wallpaper, it showcases why Sturtevant is acknowledged as one of the most important artists of the 21st century. Curated by Peyton-Jones in dialogue with Sturtevant’s daughter, Loren Muzzey, the exhibition consisted of works from the Estate and private collections.

The evening concluded at the Richard Saltoun gallery to visit ‘Women Look At Women’, an exhibition which explores feminine identity through the work of thirteen internationally renowned female artists. The works reflect a different aspect of the relationship women have with their own bodies and how they respond to other women. It is an exciting exhibition for Richard Saltoun, as it is the first in their new gallery space on Dover Street.

Vice Versa‘ is on at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac until 4th April.

AWAD at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Several AWAD members returned to exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea earlier this month. On the final day of the fair, the Association also represented female gallerists and artists by inviting Friend of AWAD, Michael Barnett, to moderate a panel discussion on ‘Painting Women Back into the Picture’ as part of the fair’s Sofa Sessions.

Michael, the STATE-F22 Editor at Large and Special Projects Lead at Art Bermondsey Project Space, and the panel talked about the important role that men have to play in gender equality, in line with the UN Women initiative HeForShe. They also shared their thoughts on women in the art world, and how the sector has changed to be more inclusive and accessible to women artists and art dealers.

Three new showcases by ARTful

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

ARTful, the online gallery and advisory practice providing contemporary art for the corporate and private sector, run by Eleni Polycarpou of our London Chapter, have three showcases on in the City of London.

Four sculptures by Sam Shendi are on display at the St Botolph Building in Aldgate until September 2018. Shendi takes the human figure to its simplest form, enabling the exploration of the idea of the human form as a vessel. Sam has worldwide recognition and collectors and was the winner of the FIRST@108 Public Art Award in 2013.

At Tower 42, ARTful are exhibiting sculptures by Kim Youdan and Gemma Kelly in the first-floor reception area until mid-April 2018. Youdan has developed her mixed media technique using photography as the foundation of her work. Her approachable and colourful creations instill viewers with feelings of nostalgia, memory, and wanderlust.

Kelly’s emotionally expressive sculptures are both playful and confronting: from abstracts that draw on the aesthetic joys of dance, to human bodies that reveal pain and sorrow in their taught sinews and stressed limbs. Much of her work draws on personal experiences that she expressed boldly and without compromise, inviting the viewer into a world that is usually kept hidden and internal, such as in ‘Dance II’, featured below.

Gemma Kelly Dance II

Affordable Art NYC March 21 – 25 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

A sure sign of Spring in Manhattan is the Affordable Art Fair  New York in Chelsea. This year’s edition includes  70 local, national, and international galleries offering an array of original artwork from more than 300 artists. There are also art workshops for children and tours for adults. This year we are delighted to see artists from seven member galleries represented.  For more information on participating galleries please click on the individual galleries –

The Linda Blackstone Gallery at Booth 1.4

Alicia David Contemporary Art at Booth 1.9

Arteria Gallery
at Booth 1.47

DECORAZON Gallery
at Booth 1.54

TAG Fine Arts
at Booth 1.3

Ground Floor Gallery
at Booth 2.3

Liberty and Gas Gallery
at Booth 1.29

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