AWITA membership has grown steadily and represents a cross-section of females in the art world: gallerists, collectors, auction house representatives, arts journalists, museum and public sector professionals, art fair representatives/directors, academics, family offices, art advisors, academics and dealers.
The Hannah Barry Gallery grew out of a series of temporary exhibition projects in South London before establishing a permanent home in Peckham in 2007 where it is based today and makes a regular exhibitions programme. The gallery also initiated Bold Tendencies is a not-for-profit creative enterprise and arts organisation that has been based in Peckham, South East London, since 2007 and is located on the disused Levels 7-10 of the municipal multi-storey car park. Over a 10 year period Bold Tendencies - together with its partner projects, Frank’s Cafe and the award-winning resident Multi-Story Orchestra - has transformed its car park home through an annual commissioning programme of visual art, music, literature, and architectural commissions.
TOURIA EL GLAOUI
Touria El Glaoui is the Founding Director of the leading international art fair, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which takes place biannually in London and New York. Born and raised in Morocco, El Glaoui completed her education in New York before beginning a career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant. After 10 years she relocated to London, where prior to initiating 1:54 in 2013, she occupied various business development positions in the Telecom/IT industry in the Middle East and Africa.
Parallel to her career, Touria has organised and co-curated exhibitions of her father’s work, Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui in London and Morocco. She has spoken widely and chaired numerous discussions on contemporary African art and women in leadership at international organisations. In 2016, Touria El Glaoui was listed amongst the 100 most powerful women in Africa by Forbes; amongst the 50 most powerful women in Africa by Jeune Afrique in 2015; and the 100 most influential Africans in business by NewAfrican in 2013.
Madeleine Martin, born and raised in Oslo, moved to London in 1997 to study at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. After graduating, she went straight on to working at the Gagosian in London. She then continued her career at Laura Bartlett Gallery, where she was a Director for 7 years. In 2015 Madeleine moved on to Hauser & Wirth, also in the position of Director. She has been working closely with artists such as Nina Beier, Cyprien Gaillard, Lydia Gifford, Alex Olson and more recently, Don McCullin.
Madeleine holds lectures on contemporary art and the gallery business.
Emily Pethick is the director of The Showroom, London (since 2008). She is also on the jury of the 2017 Turner Prize and currently part of the research team for a new institution in Amsterdam led by the Stedelijk Museum and Ammodo (with Eungie Joo and Sophie Goltz). She is currently leading the programme Curating Positions (with Leire Vergara) at the Dutch Art Institute. She was the director of Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, in Utrecht (2005-2008), The Netherlands, and curator at Cubitt, London (2003-2004). Her writing has been included in numerous catalogues, including essays on artists Stephen Willats and Dave Hullfish Bailey, and in magazines such as Artforum, Afterall and frieze. Books she has edited include Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s monograph, Amateur (2016); Cluster: Dialectionary (2013) (with Maria Lind, Binna Choi and Natasa Petresin Bachalez); Circular Facts (2011) with Binna Choi and Mai AbuEIDahab (all Sternberg Press).
Viola Raikhel-Bolot is co founder and Managing Director of 1858 Ltd Art Advisory. Headquartered in London, 1858 Ltd is a specialist advisory firm established to provide independent and impartial advice to UHNW individuals, private banks, financial institutions, corporations, luxury brands and museums on the various aspects of the art collection process. Viola deals with the collecting, management and divesting needs of 1858's global client base and is frequently invited as a guest lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute, the International Bar Association, Art Fairs and Museums. She is also regularly called upon for market insights in the international press and is a regular contributor to CNBC and Bloomberg television news as an expert on the international art market.
Sarah Philp is Director of Programmes at Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art. Her role encompasses the development and management of grant-making schemes and partnerships, including a portfolio of new initiatives which extend Art Fund support for museums and galleries beyond funding for acquisitions, to include grants for strategic collections development, curatorial research and training, and exhibition, touring and public engagement projects. She is also responsible for the work the Art Fund does placing gifts and bequests of works of art into museum collections, and for sector policy, advocacy and research. She is a Trustee of the Association of Art Historians.
Megan Piper is a gallerist based in Mayfair and is the co-founder of The Line - the sculpture trail that runs between the Olympic Park and The O2 in east London. She has been working in the art world since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2008.
In spring 2016, Megan Piper relaunched her exhibition programme at 67 Jermyn Street. The gallery’s focus is on rediscovering and re-evaluating British artists who have been working since the 1960s and 70s – aiming to present these artists to a new generation and to demonstrate both the strength of their lifelong commitment to their work and the continuing dynamism of their recent production. All artists are represented in public and private collections in the UK and worldwide.
Zoe Karafylakis Sperling is a Director at Hauser & Wirth Gallery London. Previously she held positions at Blain|Southern and Haunch of Venison. Zoe received her BA in Art History from Skidmore College, NY and her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s London.
Zoe sits on the Advisory Board of The Feminist Institute (TFI) at Hunter College in New York. Conceived by Kathleen Landy and directed by Maura Reilly, TFI aims to establish the most comprehensive cross disciplinary digital documentation archive of materials by the leading feminist thinkers.
Gemma Stewart-Richardson is an experienced marketing and communications strategist who has managed campaigns across art, fashion and corporate environments. Gemma combines her in-depth knowledge of the consumer sector with her arts focus to provide counsel on matters from influencer engagement, brand partnerships, to long term strategic campaigns. Gemma has worked with leading artists, corporations and arts institutions including, James Turrell, Ai Wei Wei, Rothschild Private Wealth, Royal Academy, The Hepworth Wakefield and Phillips. Gemma created a partnership between the latter two institutions which was recognised by the DCMS as ‘Best Practice of Corporate Engagement in the Arts’, and presented to government in the Autumn 2016 report. She also sits on the Arts Advisory Board for CW+, the charity supporting Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. CW+ brings together pioneering research, innovation, art and design to transform the experience and outcomes for thousands of people every day - in the hospital, in the wider community and all around the world.
Natasha Plowright has worked in the UK contemporary arts sector for over 12 years advising and delivering creative strategy, brand development, communications and bespoke programmes. She is currently Director of Communications at The Photographer's Gallery, London where she is also Editor-in-Chief of the publication, Loose Associations. Prior to this she was Executive Director of the not-for-profit Arts Foundation, Calvert 22 specialising in Eastern European Contemporary arts and before that, Director of Communications at the ICA. Freelance work has included communications consultancy and programme content for organisations such as Editorial Intelligence, Theresa Simon & Partners, V-A-C, Moscow, New Art Exchange, House of Fairy Tales, The Performance Studio, Margaret PR, Slovenian Pavillion, Venice Biennale, Nova Arts Festival and Brunswick Arts. She sits on the advisory board for the Creative Industries Federation and is proud to be founding member of AWITA.
Isadora Tharin leads Phillips’s work with museums and public galleries across the UK, Europe and Asia, directing the auction house’s programme of investment with world-renowned partner institutions.
Prior to joining Phillips in 2012, she worked in Corporate Development at Tate and as Head of Development for London’s Zoo Art Fair.
With a Masters in Arts Policy and Management, throughout her career Isadora has been involved in an advisory capacity for multiple artists and arts organisations, currently serving as a trustee of Book Works.
Based in London, Fatos Ustek is recently appointed curator of Art Night 2017, with artistic direction of Whitechapel Gallery in association with Unlimited Productions. She is currently editing the fig-2 publication, that commemorates 50 projects in 50 consecutive weeks that she curated in 2015 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Formerly, Ustek acted as associate curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea. Forthcoming, she will guest lecture on contemporary curating practices at the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Centre in Tallinn, Ruskin School of Arts in Oxford, and speak at the 5th para-curatorial seminar series at the Times Museum in Guangzhou; as well as jury for the sculpture section at the 2017 Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice. Ustek is on the Block Universe Advisory Board; member of AICA UK, an ICI Alumni, and part of the Curators Network. Other curated projects include an opera in five acts at DRAF, London as well as an exhibition trilogy entitled Now Expanded that took place at Kunstfabrik, Berlin; Tent, Rotterdam and DRAF, London.
Alina is an advocate of the beneficial influence of arts on the lives and minds of children and young people. In 2015 she founded ArtSocial Foundation & Club. ArtSocial Foundation is a charity, working in the UK and Russia, which aids the well-being of vulnerable people by the means of arts and creative therapy. ArtSocial Club is a not-for-profit members club, which brings together people who share a passion for art, culture and philanthropy, and supports the mission of the Foundation. ArtSocial Club runs a programme of cultural experiences for its members, focusing on the most talked about events in the cultural diary of London and beyond.
Alina has been a member of Tate’s Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisitions Committee since 2013.
Born in Russia, she has been living in London for almost 10 years.
Alina has received her BA in Law from Russia, a BA in Art History from Christie’s Education, and is currently studying for an MSc in Charity Management at Cass Business School.
Zoe Whitley is a curator and writer based in London. She is co-curator of Tate Modern’s major Summer 2017 exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. She is a member of the Artistic Director's Council for Prospect.4 New Orleans.
Currently a Tate Modern Research Curator, she has worked in a unique capacity across Tate as Curator, Contemporary British Art and as Curator, International Art (2013-2015). She co-curated the critically praised exhibition The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem (2013-14). Previously a curator at the V&A (2003-2013) and a frequent international speaker on visual art, she co-authored In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora (V&A Publications) and is the sole author of The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech (Four Corners Books).