London, UK. 11 October 2023. A general view of visitors at the opening reception at the inaugural Women in Art Fair at Mall Galleries. Leading and emerging women artists, curators and gallerists are showing their works part of a new initiative dedicated to redress the gender imbalance in the art industry. The show occupies all of Mall Galleries’ three spaces 11 to 14 October. Credit: Stephen Chung for Women in Art Fair

The Women In Art Fair Launches Open Call

Female-identifying artists are invited to submit their work for the 2024 Women In Art Fair (WIAF). Following its successful inaugural edition in 2023, WIAF announces its second edition, themed Time for Unity, taking place in October 2024 at Mall Galleries, during London’s Frieze Week.

As the only fair dedicated to women artists, WIAF’s mission is to create a positive global platform from which female artists, curators and gallerists can platform their work and contribute to the developing exchange of ideas around gender, sexuality, and culture.

Artists are invited to join the movement by submitting to the WIAF Open Call, open until 5 April. The Open Call invites the best work spanning all mediums, from contemporary art, photography, ceramics, textiles and sculpture. Artists are encouraged to consider variety in their portfolio, with the submission process welcoming up to five works of art, to give a cohesive impression of their practice and themes leaving the selection committee with a solid grasp of their techniques and style.

This year submissions are to be based around works that show the artist’s creative process, and all this entails; moving through the challenges and setbacks experienced to produce a final work of art. Alternatively, artists can submit work expressing themes of harmony, peace, and unification.

The 2024 Open Call selection committee includes contemporary art dealer and curator Virginia Damsta, Jamaican arts ambassador and philanthropist Theresa Roberts, art advisor and AWITA (Association of Women in the Arts) Co-Founder Katrina Aleska and Women In Art Fair Founder Elena Shchukina.

Last year’s Open Call, in response to the theme The World is A Family, hosted over 140 works by 82 women artists chosen by the WIAF committee from over 1000 submissions to the Open Call. Notable artists included successful fashion and portrait photographer Violeta Sophia, multi-disciplinary performance artist, sculptor and photographer Lisa Watts, the unique print, paint and textile blend of Danielle Anna Selma and landscape painter Diana Sandetskaya.

Jacqueline Harvey comments: ‘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.”

WIAF 2024 will again take over Mall Galleries, hosting a booth-style art fair in the West Gallery and the Open Call showcase in the North Gallery. Submissions from curators are also welcomed for consideration for this year’s guest exhibition in the East Gallery.

Women In Art Fair is dedicated to creating opportunities for artists and galleries that not only redress the gender imbalance in the art industry but also support career development. WIAF is an inclusive and diverse global fair, from which women-identifying artists and art-industry individuals are given an opportunity to share in this developing community, while contributing to an exchange of ideas around gender and culture. The exhibition in October 2024 offers artists the opportunity to have their work seen by thousands of visitors at Mall Galleries.
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