The AWITA Journal aims to keep both members and friends of AWITA up to date with news and recommendations from our members. We are delighted to highlight the work of specific AWITA members in our “Members Spotlight” section.We are also fortunate to partner with The New Hall Art Collection – a permanent collection of modern/contemporary art, created by women artists, at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. We will feature specific works of art (with commentary) as well as a weekly reading recommendation to further assist with our members’ professional development.
We had a lovely start to the day at Richard Saltoun’s gallery, viewing Rose English’s “Forms, Feminisms and Femininities” last month. It was a privilege to hear the artist speak about her work; AWITA members were then able to catch up over breakfast.
We’re looking forward with great interest to Photo London, and are delighted that the work of so many female photographers will be on show. To celebrate, we’ve partnered with Photo London to showcase an exclusive panel discussion for our members. Author Charlotte Jansen will be in conversation with three contemporary photographers – Juno Calypso, Hannah Collins and Mary McCartney, alongside Maryam Eisler photographer and collector, Emma Lewis Assistant Curator Tate, and Hannah Watson Director T J Boulting, to discuss “The Photographer and Her Subject: do women see things differently?”.
Our book recommendation, in this month of Photo London, has to be Charlotte Jansen’s “Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze”. We’d also recommend continuing with “The Leaders”, by Zing Tsjeng, the next in the series “Forgotten Women”. It’s a must for anyone who enjoyed “The Artists”.
We're pleased to announce that we've just launched our AWITA Youtube channel. You can see highlights from last year’s "20/20 Vision" discussion as well as this year’s thought-provoking event "Finding Balance: How To Thrive in a 24/7 World". Please do subscribe, and we look forward to posting more content throughout the year.
For this month’s reading list, we have highlighted: “Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London” by Dr Lauren Elkin and “How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life” by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston.
We're very much looking forward to welcoming our members to our next event on the 10th April: a private guided tour of Rose English's "Forms, Feminisms and Femininities" exhibition at Richard Saltoun, which includes a breakfast in the company of the artist.
We’re commencing March with a big smile after our most recent event, “Presenting with Impact”, a Masterclass taught by Kate Walker Miles from RADA Business. What a fun and insightful evening!
As we’re celebrating Women’s History Month, our reading recommendation comprehends only one title, but a very substantial one: “Forgotten Women. The Artists” by author and editor Zing Tsjeng.
This time, the work we’ve selected from the New Hall Art Collection is “Fear of the Intellectual Wife” (1987) by Alexis Hunter.
Our forthcoming event for members will take place on April 10. We will have breakfast at Richard Saltoun in the company of artist Rose English for later having a look at her “Forms, Feminisms and Femininities” exhibition.
We’re still thinking about all that we learned in “Finding Balance: How to Thrive in A 24/7 World”, our first event of the year at Phillips, and would like to recommend the following books mentioned: “The Happy Kitchen” by Rachel Kelly and ‘On Time: Finding Your Pace in a World Addicted to Fast’ by Catherine Blyth.
We’re very much looking forward to seeing many of you at “Presenting with Impact”, a practical masterclass in collaboration with RADA Business, on February 26th. Please note – the masterclass is free, but there will be a £30 fee for any cancellations on the day, due to high demand and the nature of this workshop.
This month we start with AWITA members’ Christmas Drinks event at Blain|Southern, and with a tour of Chiharu Shiota work.
We’re looking forward to starting 2019 with our first event: "Balance: How to Thrive in a 24/7 World", organised in collaboration with Phillips.
Our second event of the year will be a presentation skills workshop in February, in conjunction with RADA, closely followed by a breakfast at the Richard Saltoun Gallery, to celebrate International Women’s Day in March.
We’re looking forward to our major event (the working title is “Balance”) on 31st January 2019, as well as our members trip to Scotland. We will also be hosting a practical, skills-based workshop with RADA (date TBC).
For our Christmas reading list, we choose: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Finally, our reading recommendations for this starting year include: “Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies)" by Scarlett Curtis, “The Love of Painting: Genealogy of a Success Medium" by Isabelle Graw, “Out of This Century: Confessions of an Art Addict" by Peggy Guggenhei/m and Susan Sontag “On Photography”.
AWITA reading recommendation: Women, Art, and Society by Whitney Chadwick, 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) by Bridget Quinn
We were happy to note Frieze’s decision to focus on women artists in the fair, as well as Harper’s Bazaar Art Week panel discussion featuring 3 AWITAmembers: Frieze London with female-centric programme and Harpers Bazaar Art Week's panel discussion with speakers: Valeria Napaleone, Martina Batovic and Lisa Schiff.
We were lucky with terrific autumn weather for our fourth AWITA “Walk and Talk”.
For this month’s reading list, we have highlighted: The Dark Side of The Boom: The Excesses of the Art Market in the 21st Century by Georgina Adam, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.
We started our autumn season with an exclusive view of Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art and the announcement of our first academic partnership with New Hall Art Collection, in which we featured work by Maggi Hambling CBE .
This month’s AWITA book recommendations comprised of: The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being by Susana Martínez Vidal.