Women In Art Fair Launches Its First Edition

A new art fair celebrating women’s contribution to art and presenting both leading and emerging women artists opens at Mall Galleries 11-14 October 2023

Women in Art Fair is a new initiative dedicated to redressing the gender imbalance in the art industry. The inaugural fair takes place this October at Mall Galleries, London.

Abigail Norris, Mother Tongue, 2022. Exhibitor, 'Unnatural Women', the East Gallery exhibition at Women in Art Fair 2023. Photo Credit @gabrieljmansfield
WIAF’s mission is to create a positive global platform from which female artists, curators and gallerists are given an opportunity to show their work, and contribute to the developing exchange of ideas around gender, sexuality and culture.
WIAF will occupy all three spaces at Mall Galleries (totaling 450sqm). The West Gallery will house a 21-booth art fair, the East Gallery a curated exhibition, and the North Gallery an exhibition of work by artists selected via an Open Call.
The East Gallery exhibition, titled Unnatural Women focuses on work by female artists that explores our ambivalent relationship with ‘the natural world’. A mix of figurative and semi-abstract painting, sculpture, 3D and print, the show combines ‘traditional female’ craft such as textiles with ‘traditional male’ craft including technological work, to make visitors question our understanding of wilderness and landscape. Curated by artist and editor Rowena Easton, the show features celebrated women artists such as Paula Rego and Marcelle Hanselaar alongside established and mid-career women artists such as Abigail Norris, Olivia Bullock and Geraldine Swayne.

Paula Rego, Untitled, 2000/2019 Etching on Somerset paper cat ref: TH169 Paper: 34.1 x 43.1 cm Image: 20.0 x 29.9 cm. Published by the artist in 2019 from a plate drawn in 2000 in an edition of 100 Courtesy Julian Page
The Women in Art Fair Team

Jacqueline Harvey, Director
WIAF is directed by author, educator, journalist, broadcaster and awardwinning business woman, Jacqueline Harvey. A graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in Philosophy and Sociology, Jacqueline’s extensive career includes working for nine years as Managing Director of Art Strategics, a Mayfair gallery which championed inclusivity and diversity through a successful exhibition, education and international fair programme.
She has worked at many art fairs, including START, London Art Fair, Masterpiece, Art Basel and Art Bahrain. In addition to her career in the arts, Jacqueline has written books on health and wellbeing and is regularly interviewed on the BBC and in the national press. She has her own weekly programme on Women’s Radio.
Jacqueline Harvey says: ‘The world has been through incredible changes in recent years and women, as artists, have continued to create and help maintain stability in these volatile times. We need to celebrate the journey we have been on and look at the new paths and opportunities we are going to create for future generations.”

Virginia Damtsa
The co-founder of iconic gallery Riflemaker, Virginia Damtsa is a well-known art dealer, gallerist, curator and artists’ agent.

Katrina Aleksa Ryemill
Katrina Aleksa Ryemill is an art advisor and co-founder of The Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA).

Cynthia Corbett
Cynthia Corbett is Director of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery and Founder of The Young Master’s Art Prize.

Susan J Mumford
Susan J Mumford is Founder and CEO of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) and a sector-supporting entrepreneur for the art market.

Women in Art Fair
11-14 October 2023
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Opening Hours
Wednesday 11 October – 10am – 6pm
Thursday 12 October – 10am – 6pm
Friday 13 October –10am – 6pm
Saturday 14 October –10am – 4pm
Tickets: https://womeninartfair.com/tickets/
Tickets are launched on 1 September

The Fair is grateful to Arts Council England and The Chartwell Group for sponsorship. Women in Art Fair is partnered with the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), Business Library (British Library), The Twenty Two, The Arts Club London, Aesthetica Magazine and ROSA Magazine.

The Mall Galleries
The Mall, London SW1
Managed by the Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries is located in the cultural heart of London’s thriving arts and heritage district on The Mall, between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. Behind the elegant facade is over 450sqm of fully equipped exhibition space of unparalleled scale for its location. For over fifty years, it has served as a national focal point for figurative art; hosting exhibitions by eminent Royal art societies and welcoming a range of activities from art fairs, auctions, solo, group exhibitions and more.

The final list of participating galleries will be released in September. Women in Art Fair encourages diversity and international galleries. All expressions of interest should be sent to info@womeninartfair.com