Susan Johnson Mumford moved to London from the USA in 2000. Between 2001-2004 she worked in several commercial art galleries, acquired a Masters of Art in Arts Management at Birkbeck College, University of London, and was Curator for a group of aspiring London photographers. She gained incremental management skills as a key player on Whole Foods Market’s Retail Team between 2000-2004. Having started to operate as a private fine art dealer between December 2004 and March 2006, Johnson Mumford opened the doors to the Rooftop Gallery in April 2006, following a debut exhibition in St. James’s in March 2006 titled Art Is Why I Get Up in the Morning. This show was rated ‘No. 1 exhibition of the Week’ in the Times by celebrated art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston. The Soho gallery ran until the end of 2010.
In 2009 Johnson Mumford formed The Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD). The trade network now consists of 40+ art dealers, gallerists and consultants in the UK and beyond. The stated aim is to facilitate business and collaboration opportunities between members and to facilitate ongoing industry-specific professional development for those individuals.
In January 2011 she launched Susan Mumford art projects + consultancy. She works with private and corporate clients to place and commission works of art for homes, offices and boardrooms. She manages art projects such as a recent portrait commission project in which a London-based artist has been producing portrait paintings of nine members of staff as Resident Artist. Mumford also curates exhibitions for represented artists, including a recent show titled “Distilled Memory” in Fitzrovia, London, and a forthcoming show in Arkansas, USA. For ongoing private clients, she provides art collection consultancy, in which Mumford maintains and builds art collections for private and corporate clients. This service incorporates framing/presentation of art, restoration, up-to-date valuations, installation of collections, storage (including insurance) of art pieces, art acquisitions and disposals.
On 1st January 2012, Susan’s newest venture, The Be Smart About Art Academy, was launched. The motto is: “Art is your life. Make it your living.” The ultimate aim is to establish best practices for artists and art dealers/gallerists for the UK art world. A full programme of workshops and courses is now available – click here to find out more.
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