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Women outnumber men at art school and make up around 50% of practicing artists. So why are they so underrepresented in galleries and collections?
Until recently, the MOMA in New York - one the biggest contemporary art museums in the world - had only 2% women artists in its permanent collection and a recent report commissioned by the Freelands Foundation shows an increasing gender disparity in the London art world.
As part of its 'Creative Talks' for sketch Parlour, the Mayfair venue and Her Stories are hosting a discussion on the key challenges and opportunities in making art collections more representative.
Gemma Rolls-Bentley, Associate Director, Consumer Marketplace, will moderate the discussion and be joined by; Marcelle Joseph, who collects artworks for the Marcelle Joseph Collection and under the collecting partnership, GIRLPOWER Collection; Enam Gbewonyo, who is the founder of the Black British Female Artist collective and a multimedia textile artist and emerging curator; and Helen Ho, who is the Art Acquisition Manager for Maecenas and Collection Director for the dslcollection.
Her Stories is an initiative that raises money through the arts, to support marginalised women in the UK. In 2018, Her Stories is supporting survivors of trafficking, refugees and those seeking asylum via Women for Refugee Women, Ella's Home and Maternity Action.
'Power Women', on show at sketch, is the Holographic work by Dianne Harris, installed over the summer as part of 'Women Empower', the all-female artist exhibition showing works by E Douglas, R Hastings, H Quinlan, D Harris, L Baker...