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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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”.
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.