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AWA volunteers at the opening on the Tuscany exhibition on Pincherle and Picini in 2016.

A Space of their Own

AWA research volunteers contribute to Worldwide Virtual Museum of Women Artists. AWA in Florence is currently accepting volunteers for 'A Space of their Own' research. Conceived by AWA’s founder Dr. Jane Fortune, under the directorship of Heidi Gealt, ‘A Space of the Own’ brings together founding partners, Advancing Women Artists and Indiana University's The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, to build the largest and most comprehensive database and website through which information on women artists from the 1500s to the 1800s can be accessed. The database, which began as a US-based pilot program in 2017, will provide online publication opportunities overseen by an editorial board which credits the work of scholars, thereby fostering new research on many forgotten women artists. Indiana University, Indiana University Press and Digital Humanities are among the project's main players. 'A Space of their Own' focuses on holdings in museums (particularly in Europe and North America), but information regarding private collectors and their holdings of women artists will also be available on the website. Data on women artists will be linked back to the institutions that hold their works so that the project will form an active network of associations focused on bringing more awareness to art by historic women. AWA has hosted a volunteer research program for several years, as of 2019, it will focus primarily on the ‘A Space of their Own’ project.

Volunteering in Florence

Our volunteer research program in Florence focuses on Italian holdings and artists.

How to apply

Learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of it.

Frequently Asked Questions

A few more answers for the enquiring mind.

By giving a voice to historic
women artists AWA rescues
and reclaims the ‘hidden half’
of Florence’s art.

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