Gallery Girl is a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Run by Lizzy Vartanian Collier – a writer and curator who has appeared in Canvas, The Art Gorgeous, The Art Newspaper and Vogue Arabia amongst others – Gallery Girl is a global brand with a significant presence in the Middle East.
Online, the Gallery Girl website and blog enjoys thousands of views per month, and is devoted to covering only the most innovative exhibitions, curators and artists through interviews, reviews and think pieces. In terms of exhibitions, Gallery Girl’s mission is to provide a platform for emerging female artists from across the Middle East, the Caucasus, and the respective diasporas. Previous shows include Hidden Visions (Chelsea Town Hall, London, April 2015), Perpetual Movement (Arab Women Artists Now Festival, London, March 2018), and curated booths at Armenia Art Fair (May 2018 and June 2019). She ran the Imagining Home workshop inside the Lab space at the Darat Al Funun in Jordan in September 2019, as well as Tatreez with Lizzy at Manara Culture, also in Jordan. In November 2019 Lizzy co-founded Arsheef with Ibi Ibrahim, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery.
Lizzy – aka Gallery Girl – has an MA from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies with a distinction in Contemporary Art & Art Theory of Asia and Africa. She has also taken courses in curation and the art market at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and has an extensive knowledge on contemporary art and the workings of the increasingly technological art world, having acted as an adviser for Armenia Art Fair. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications that include Hyperallergic, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Tribe and the Guardian, and she has spoken at cultural institutions and events across Europe, including University College London and Trinity College, Oxford (upcoming May 2019).