In 2020, CHART and its participating galleries presented an art fair showing work by 100% women artists. As a response to the global health crisis, the fair was also presented in a new de-centred format within the galleries own spaces across the five Nordic capitals.
Below are listed some of the key facts, which informed CHART's decision to do a women-focused art fair, as well as frequently asked questions towards the women focus and the de-centred format. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions and inquiries.
FACTS & STATISTICS
76% men and 24% women represented globally in art fairs in 2018.
27,000 artists from 82 top global art fairs, The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report 2019 p. 250
70.5% men and 29.5% women represented at Nordic art fairs in 2019.
CHART’s own survey from CHART in Copenhagen, Enter in Copenhagen, Market in Stockholm.
98% sales of works by men and 2% of works by women were sold at auctions globally from 2008-2018.
Of the 2% spent on artworks by women at auctions globally, 40% is made by only 5 women artists.
29% women shown in solo exhibitions in Denmark from 2004-2019.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Why did CHART decided on a de-centred fair format in 2020?
A. In response to the global health crisis and guidelines from the Danish government, CHART made the decision to rethink the usual format of the event, which, normally held in Copenhagen, gathered 24.500 people in 2019 (40% international guests attending from 35 different countries). For this year’s exceptional edition, all 28 participating Nordic art galleries presented the artists they had planned to show at CHART in Copenhagen in their own gallery spaces across the Nordic capitals. The ambition of this new format was to boost the Nordic art scene in a responsible and sustainable way while reconnecting our local and international communities through online activities.
Q. Why did CHART decided to exhibit only women artists in the art fair in 2020?
A. Since CHART’s foundation 7 years ago, we have built a wide-reaching and influential community of galleries, institutions, collectors, and general public, and we asked ourselves how to use this network to instigate a positive change. As a non-profit organisation, driven by creating impact, it was natural for us to focus on what we believe is the biggest structural barrier in the art market - gender imbalance - and to make a push for a better-balanced art scene and art history for the future.
Q. What does CHART hope to achieve from this?
A. CHART hopes to raise awareness of the issues around representation in the art market, and to forge new alliances to help rebalance the art scene and develop a stronger market for underrepresented artists. By working closely with the exhibiting galleries, institutions and individuals in the industry, we aim to inspire and develop the art market and art scene to reflect our surrounding society and give way to all great artistic talents.
Q. Why did CHART not choose to exhibit 50/50 female and male artists at the art fair?
A. CHART made the decision to ask galleries to show 100% women artists at this year’s fair in order to make an impactful statement, raise awareness of the issue of gender imbalance, and encourage galleries, collectors and curators to reflect on their role in developing a more diverse art scene. With this women focus we want to bring full attention to a group of artists, who historically have been highly underrepresented, and push for development.
Q. Did the rest of CHART’s 2020 programme (design fair, talks, exhibitions etc.) go ahead in the 2020 edition?
A. Due to the global health crisis, followed by a reduced project economy, CHART made the decision to focus the 2020 programme on the art fair, which was presented in the new de-centred format across the five Nordic capital cities.
Q. Does CHART plan to exhibit only women artists at the art fair again in 2021?
A. CHART will announce its programme for next year’s 9th edition in Spring 2021. Currently, there are no plans to repeat this year’s decision to exhibit only women artists in its art fair in subsequent years. But we will keep pushing both ourselves and the art industry to direct attention to areas where new developments are necessary.
Q. What about trans and non-binary artists? Were they excluded from CHART in 2020?
A. CHART is open to galleries representing all sorts of diversity. We acknowledge trans, non-binary and non-gender conforming artists as a minority group also being held back by the same structural barriers in the art world that CHART is challenging with this year’s focus on women. CHART recognises that gender is a complex issue, and we want all people to come to discuss and engage with these topics.