THE SALOON IS A DIVERSE NETWORK
OF WOMAN IDENTIFYING ART PROFESSIONALS
ACTIVE THROUGH LOCAL GROUPS
IN A GROWING NUMBER OF CITIES WORLDWIDE
The SALOON Network fosters a community within the art world that exchanges ideas, experiences and expertise and encourages the creation of collaborations and projects. Our members are women-identifying and non-binary who are curators, artists, journalists, gallerists and other professionals in the arts.
Our activities include monthly meetings between the members as well as public events, ranging from studio or exhibition visits, portfolio reviews, exhibitions, or panel discussions. We actively collaborate with other communities to foster inclusion, exchange, understanding and trust between diverse networks of art professionals and aim at creating more visibility and equal opportunities for women in our communities. We are committed to intersectional, de-colonial and anti-racist feminist work. We especially encourage BIPOC, cis, trans women as well as non-binary people to apply for a SALOON membership. Our membership is open to women-identifying individuals, non-binary and gender non-conforming people who acknowledge and support our network’s mission to center the experiences of women. The SALOON Network is dedicated to dismantling boundaries for every woman and becoming a network that truly represents the diverse members of our society.
Additionally, we regularly connect members of each SALOON city by organizing international exchange programs, members’ exhibitions, or online SALOON meetings. In 2012, the first SALOON was founded by independent curator Tina Sauerlaender in Berlin. You can watch the speech about her vision for the SALOON here. Please contact us if you want to join the network or suggest a collaboration.
The vibrant and widespread art scene of Germany’s capital converges in the SALOON Berlin network and its members. Here, artists from different fields such as painting, sculpture, installation or new media art meet independent curators, gallerists, or museum workers for a vibrant exchange and to create opportunities for starting new collaborations.
Find out more about SALOON Berlin here.
Launched in May 2019 by Juliette Bibasse and Camilla Colombo, SALOON Brussels reflects the multifaceted character of the European capital: artists, curators, researcher, journalists, practitioners and communication specialists meet advocates for the arts and cultural policy experts creating unique opportunities to discover, engage and exchange. From big institutions to independent spaces, from sculpture to digital art, SALOON Brussels is a growing network that finds richness in the diversity of its members, a collage of nationalities, identities and languages.
Find out more about SALOON Brussels here.
Since June 2019 SALOON Dresden brings together female art professionals in Saxony. In monthly meetings and studio visits the network encourages the exchange between artists, curators, art historians, journalists and gallerists as well as cultural experts to exchange ideas, collaborate in projects and support each other for more visibility.
Find out more about SALOON Dresden here.
SALOON Hamburg represents the vivid, brilliant, and often hidden or even underestimated fine art scene of the Nordic German city. The local network provides a framework for the exchange of art professionals from different fields, including artists, independent curators, journalists, art communications professionals, gallerists, and museum workers. Within the SALOON Hamburg network, members have the possibility to receive professional feedback, to support one another, or to create new projects in order to increase their visibility.
Find out more about SALOON Hamburg here.
In November 2019, the SALOON Jerusalem was founded as the SALOON Tel Aviv by Danielle Gorodenzik, Cornelia Renz and Jenna Romano. In Spring of 2022, the network transferred to SALOON Jerusalem and is being headed up by Jerusalemites Andi Arnovitz; artist, and Noa Arad Yairi; artist. These two women are the current board of the SALOON Jerusalem. Our new members include curators, cultural directors, artists, directors of museums, and represent a cross spectrum of Israelis.
Find out more about SALOON Jerusalem here.
The SALOON Johannesburg was founded out of the urge for more sisterhood in the arts and a communal network that supports, listens, and generates. The first meeting was held at Coalition over pizza and wine with Nisha Merit, Dinkia Govender, Moipone Tlale, Barbara Rousseaux, Mvelo Midoli Mahlangu, Melissa Dusart, and Tzung-Hui Lauren Lee. Our engagements look at the local art scene and we want to establish mechanisms of how to engage with the greater arts economy on a social, cultural, and economic level.
Find out more about SALOON Johannesburg here.
SALOON London is a vibrant professional network for women working in the arts in London which also includes and invites trans and non-binary members. Our objective is to create an open forum to exchange ideas, experiences and initiate collaborations. We seek to foster dialogue through monthly events that highlight the London art world through a variety of events including studio visits, curator-led tours and panel discussions followed by an intimate dinner. Our members range from artists to curators, gallerists, advisors, academics and journalists. Through thoughtful and sustainable growth, we aim to build a strong, supportive community that reflects the various facets of the London art world. Visibility, diversity and accessibility are key in this process. As a part of a large international network we connect across borders and share what moves and excites us.
Find out more about SALOON London here.
Very first one to cross the European continent and be founded in North America, SALOON Montreal is the initiative of independent curators and art writers Nathalie Bachand and Chloé Grondeau. Officially founded in April 2022, SALOON Montreal brings together an already close-knit community of women artists, curators, critics, researchers and all other professional profiles that contribute to the advancement and enrichment of thinking in contemporary art. SALOON Montreal facilitates an exchange between local members by regularly hosting meetings and by valorizing their role in the milieu. The Montreal structure is composed of members chosen for the reflective and/or formal demands of their projects as well as their active involvement in their particular field of expertise.
Inaugurated in June 2021, the Munich branch of the SALOON network focuses on fostering the exchange, connection and the alliances between women-identifying art professionals of various disciplines. The Bavarian capital has always been offering a rich, lively and long-established art world. We seek to move it and its protagonists into the present discourse. The Munich local network promotes an open, inclusive and fair dialogue. It advocates and encourages support and collaboration among art professionals and to enhance its members’ visibility within Munich and beyond.
Find out more about SALOON Munich here.
SALOON Paris is representative of the dynamic, rich and atypical panorama of the French art scene, bringing together major actors from the contemporary art, new media, sound and performance fields, giving a good insight of the uniqueness and openness of the French network.
Find out more about SALOON Paris here.
SALOON Praha was founded by Simona Binko, Anežka Chalupová, Anna Nová and Šárka Pastorková in October 2019. SALOON Praha is a non-profit network whose aim is to connect curators, artists, journalists, and women working in galleries, museums or universities, in order to support exchange between them and strengthen the visibility and power of females within the local art scene. SALOON Praha is also a proud member of the international SALOON Network.
Find out more about SALOON Praha here.
SALOON Toronto offers the community's women-identifying cultural workers and practitioners a much-needed support network. Its aim is to unite Toronto's thriving and diverse community, recognise the accomplishments of our members, and foster significant cross-cultural dialogue with the larger international SALOON Network.
Find out more about SALOON Toronto here.
The SALOON opened its doors in Autumn 2017 in Vienna and has since visited a number of museums, galleries, art fairs, collectors, independent art spaces, and artists studios, etc. The goal of SALOON Vienna is to offer a look behind the scenes of the city’s institutions and to establish a dialogue between SALOON members and different acteurs of the Viennese art scene.
Find out more about SALOON Vienna here.