SALOON London is a professional network for women in the arts London which also includes and invites trans and non-binary members with the objective of creating an open forum to exchange ideas, experiences and initiate collaborations. We are interested in fostering dialogue through monthly events that highlight our members’ projects whether through studio visits, curator led tours or panel discussions followed by an intimate dinner. Our members range from curators to artists, advisors, gallerists, academics and journalists. Mara Johanna Kolmel and Natalia Fuller founded SALOON London in July 2019 with Mariana Lemos joining the team in August 2020.
You can find out more on instagram.com/saloon.london.
Mara-Johanna Kölmel (on maternity leave) is a London-based curator and art historian. Her collaborative projects unite cultural practitioners to explore the digital sphere as a site for methodological experimentation, social activism and artistic intervention. Mara has performed international curatorial roles for the Biennale of Sydney, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, also realising exhibitions with the curatorial collectives A(by)P and Peer to Space. She obtained her MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and is currently completing her PhD on Sculpture in the Augmented Sphere at Leuphana University Lüneburg.
Mariana Lemos is a curator and gallery professional based in London and Lisbon. She received her MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths University of London, as well as her BA in Fine Arts. Her curatorial practice is focused on Feminist and Performance Art in times of climate crisis, drawing from Posthumanism, Queer, Feminist and Affect theories. She currently works at Union Pacific and the Feminist Library, following several years at Lisson Gallery.
Natalia Fuller received an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Following several years at Lisson Gallery, she now works at Galerie Max Hetzler, London. Natalia’s research has concentrated on conceptual and video art with a special interest in the interplay between art and politics.