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AWAD NYC Launch May 2015 - look down to panel

Mission & Vision:

The Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), est. 2009, is an international network that facilitates business and collaborations between and for members at all stages of their career as business owners. Our vision is to positively impact the enterprise of each member.

Each of the three chapters –  London, New York and  Global, has a monthly event and welcomes membership applications from women and women-identifying art dealers, advisors and gallerists based worldwide.

AWAD members work together in many ways, including doing business deals, gallery and pop-up exhibitions,  fairs, sharing of shipping costs to art fairs –  the list goes on. The organisation also offers masterclasses, networking events and online platforms. We know from our first decade of operation that by working together as a whole, our members, and their businesses, benefit.

Apply to join AWAD membership // Become a Friend of AWAD

Our structure:

AWAD is a Non-Profit Company and our Founder and CEO is Susan J Mumford. The Board of Directors is made up of the following Members: Sylvie Gormezano (Chair of the Board), MK Semos, Peppa Martin, Robinson Holloway, and Susan Eley.

Our Chapters: 

The London Chapter launched in Spring 2009, which was followed by the NYC / Tri-State Chapter in 2014 (current chair: Ivy Brown) and the Global Chapter in 2016 (current Chair: Peppa Martin).


Our events take place in London, New York, Miami, Basel, Los Angeles and beyond – and this isn’t  to mention ‘virtual’ events that take place online.

See all upcoming events by clicking one of the two icons below (these take you to our Eventbrite page and Facebook events page):

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AWAD tour of VOLTA NYC (2018). Photograph courtesy David Willems Photography.

AWAD tour of VOLTA NYC (2018), in collaboration with Accola Griefen Fine Art
Photograph courtesy David Willems Photography.

AWAD Patron – Georgina Adam

Georgina Adam

Journalist and author. Contributor to the Financial Times, the Art Newspaper, Georgina Adam has spent more than 30 years writing about the art market and the arts in general. She was editor of the Art Market section of The Art Newspaper 2000-2008, then editor at large. She wrote a weekly column for the Financial Times for eight years, until 2016. In 2014 she published “Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century” (Lund Humphries). In addition to her specialisation in the art market, Adam is particularly interested in emerging cultural centres. She lectures at Sotheby’s and Christie’s institutes in London and participates in panels about the market: she is a board member of Talking Galleries, patron of the Association of Women Art Dealers and member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). She is currently finishing a second book, also about the art market.


AWAD has been a great discovery for me, providing my gallery with invaluable help and support during my first year of membership.

-Vera Schuhmacher, Founder, Vera Schuhmacher Fine Art

AWAD is an excellent organisation. It is great to discuss ideas and exchange information. The topics discussed at the meetings I have attended were certainly of great interest.

-Hely Norton, Founder, Hanga Ten, Contemporary Japanese Prints

I joined AWAD as a Founding Member. Through my membership of AWAD, I was able to exhibit at the Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair earlier this year in collaboration with three other AWAD members with positive results. I have also moved into new gallery premises with another founder member, a move which has dramatically reduced my overhead and provides me with support for my business. AWAD offers a wonderful platform in which to meet other women operating in the art world and share ideas and best practice. I am delighted to be a part of such a dynamic association. 

-Barbara Stanley, Director, Barbara Stanley Gallery, Irish Contemporary Art

Thank you for all your help and support over the past year. I find my AWAD membership really valuable not to mention lots of fun!

-Jessica Lloyd-Smith, Founder, Modern Art Buyer

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