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Women with influence: beyond the artist at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Time 18:30
Date 05/03/20
Price £15

Join the RA's panel of influential women working in contemporary art to discuss what they are doing to encourage, inspire and support artists and women of the future.

The panel, chaired by art critic and correspondent Louisa Buck, and including director of Frieze Fairs Victoria Siddall, founder of BBFA Enam Gbewonyo, and Director of Wellcome Collection Melanie Keen, will be discussing what influential women are doing in order to support art and artists.

Spanning different sectors of the art world, the panel will explore the incredible developments that are happening everyday and examine what can be done for the mentoring, visibility, promotion and access of leading women of the future.

Louisa Buck is a writer and broadcaster and contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper. Her books include Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook and Commissioning Contemporary Art: A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists. She was a judge for the 2005 Turner Prize.

Enam Gbewonyo is a British Ghanaian artist whose practice investigates identity, womanhood, and humanity through the mediums of textiles, performance and handcraft. Gbewonyo is also a curator as well as the founder of the Black British Female Artist (BBFA) Collective.

Melanie Keen is Director of Wellcome Collection, having previously been Director and Chief Curator at Iniva. She is an Independent Advisor to the Government Art Collection, sits on the British Council’s Visual Arts Advisory Group and was on the Selection Committee for the British Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2019.

Victoria Siddall oversees all four Frieze Fairs in her role as Global Director. Siddall is also Chair of the board of trustees of Studio Voltaire, a non-profit gallery and artist studio complex in south London. Final panellist to be announced.