Stand up to #ArtWorldSexism

The 10 richest artists in the world today are men.

Gender inequality in the art world is a huge issue, and one that is too often ignored or shrugged off as though it were something that can never be changed. We’re proving it can. 

In association with International Women's Day 2017, we're asking art organisations around the world to #BeBoldForChange and share their data on gender representation.

Join us by signing the pledge.

When you remove the gatekeepers and give equal access to all, what results is greater equality of opportunity.

There are many industries where women get paid less than men for the same work. The current gender pay gap in the UK is 13.9% and in the US it’s 20%.

But one of the reasons this campaign feels so necessary is that the differences in the high end art world are not to the tune of 10% or 20%. Just one out of the 100 top lots at auction in 2015 was a work by a woman. In 2004, when MoMA opened its new building, with a reinstallation of the permanent collection spanning the years 1880 to 1970, of the 410 works on display in the fourth - and fifth-floor galleries, only 16 - 4% were by women. By April 2015, still only 7% of the works on display were by women.

Inequality in the high end art world

We're working with New York-based artist and feminist Jennifer Dalton (above) on a series of small works exploring Artfinder's data on gender.