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Interested in joining our professional network for business owners, the Association of Women Art Dealers? Browse this page for information on benefits, eligibility, how to join and more.

Ready to apply now? Complete the online application form.

Not a woman art dealer? Become a Founding Friend of AWAD (currently available to independent curators, gallery directors, gallery managers and art dealers – of any gender).

Still have questions? Email info@womenartdealers.org – we’re happy to help.

 

“I am amazed by what I have learned so far, the speakers have all been incredibly informative as well as practical. I am totally taken with the comraderie of the other members and their willingness to work together as well as share their experiences and information.”

– Ivy Brown, of the Ivy Brown Gallery, New York

 

WHO is eligible?

Women art dealers who own (or co-own) their business, of which a major activity is art dealing.

‘Women art dealers’ includes: gallerists, art advisers & consultants, independent curators and primary / secondary market art dealers.

While the majority of Members run for-profit enterprises, the CEO / Executive Director / equivalent of not-for-profit and charitable enterprises is also eligible for Membership.

*Note that the ‘Member’ (from an engagement and public-facing viewpoint) is the individual, not the business. Hence the ‘Members’ listing stating individuals rather than business names. People connect with people!*

 

 

WHAT are the benefits?

Becoming an AWAD Members provides…

♥ Access to and support from a professional network of vetted art dealers who own their business (like you);

♥ Day-to-day support via member-only meetings (London, New York and Global Chapters), online resources and an online forum;

♥ Discounts and benefits from select AWAD Partners and conferences;

♥ Credibility as a professional who has been accepted AND who operates to AWAD’s Code of Conduct;

♥ Professional development in an ever-changing industry;

♥ Visits to art collections and private tours of art fairs;

♥ Visibility and promotion via womenartdealers.org and across social media channels;

♥ Special events such as panel discussions with industry influencers;

♥ Complimentary entry to select fairs;

…and more!

 

“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, of Barbara Stanley: Irish Contemporary Art, London

 

WHAT are the levels of membership?

There are two levels: Member and Associate.

Member: Typically this individual has been at business-owning level for a minimum of three-years, full-time.

Associate: This is an earlier-stage art dealer whose business is registered, is already trading, has business cards and has online presence. (This Membership level is based on a founding principle of AWAD to support women art dealers at all stages of career.)

 

WHAT are the differences between ‘Associate’ and ‘Member’?

An Associate has a desire to become a Member, and is thus described as an ‘Associate’ (until graduation to ‘Member’ level).

Benefits to Associates and Members alike:

♥ Have a profile on womenartdealers.org (with ‘Associate’ or ‘Member’ stated),

♥ Are promoted via the blog and social media;

♥ Have access to monthly meetings, collection and fair visits, professional development workshops; special AWAD events; Partner discounts; and Member-only online resources as well as the interactive forum.

Additional benefit/s to ‘Associates’:

♥ Access to the Mentoring Programme.

Additional benefit/s to ‘Members’:

♥ Four ‘Member’ meetings (London + New York Chapters) annually;

♥ Use of the ‘AWAD Member’ badge at art fairs;

♥ Use of the AWAD logo for your own marketing materials (website, social media, third-party selling sites, printed materials)

*The subscription fee is the same for both Associates and Membership.*

 

Does it matter where you’re based?

Not at all. AWAD is dedicated to providing support to women art dealers regardless of location. This is why, in addition to the London Chapter (est. 2010) and New York Chapter (est. 2014), the Global Chapter was launched (est. 2016).

As long as you have access to the internet and can understand / speak English, Global Chapter meetings are accessible to you.

 

“I find my AWAD membership really valuable, not to mention lots of fun!

– Jessica Lloyd-Smith, Modern ArtBuyer, Bath Spa, England

 

HOW MUCH does joining cost?

London Chapter: 250 GBP

♦ for each additional Director who joins from the same art dealing enterprise, the annual subscription is priced at 100 GBP (so if two Members come on board from the same business, the total for one year is 350 GBP)

♦ there is a one-off joining fee of 50 GBP

New York Chapter (representing Tri-State area): 325 USD

♦ for each additional Director who joins from the same art dealing enterprise, the annual subscription is priced at 150 USD (so if two Members come on board from the same business, the total for one year is 475 USD)

♦ there is a one-off joining fee of 75 USD

Global Chapter: 150 GBP / 225 USD

♦ for each additional Director who joins from the same art dealing enterprise, the annual subscription is priced at 100 GBP / 150 USD (so if two Members come on board from the same business, the total for one year is 350 GBP)

♦ there is a one-off joining fee of 50 GBP / 75 USD

 

Are payment plans available?

We’re delighted to offer quarterly subscriptions. In an uncertain world, accessing support in a cash-flow friendly manner can make a difference – and every penny counts.

After completing the online Application Form:

Candidates should send a bio or resume including as much detail as possible about their art dealing enterprise to info@womenartdealers.org.

The information collected will not be shared with anyone outside our organisation and will only be used to process your application.

 

COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION.

 

Notes on joining:

♣ The joining fee is payable upon joining AWAD, applicable for the first invoice issued*. This is a one-time payment, providing membership is continuous.

♣ Membership rates are subject to change without prior notice.

♣ To qualify for Membership of AWAD, candidates must be owners or co-owners of their primary art business.

♣ A completed online application is required along with two successful references.

♣ The Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) reserves the right to terminate membership.

♣ Upon joining AWAD, Associates and Members alike agree to AWAD’s Terms and Conditions, and accept working as per AWAD’s Code of Conduct.

 

Please direct questions to info@womenartdealers.org

 

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