We are working on establishing a global network for women artists.
Social and economic globalization also have an impact on artists. Artists today are expected to be familiar with the art scene abroad, to have connections in other countries and to be globally active. GEDOK considers this development in their artist-in-residence program.
GEDOK supports professional women artists through exhibitions, competitions, and through the awarding of prestigious prizes in all artistic disciplines.
The GEDOK program includes exhibitions, concerts, reading events, talks, guided tours, studio and workshop visits, symposia, further training and member meetings. In addition, GEDOK Munich hosts competitions and awards prizes. Since 1999, two young female artists have been awarded the debutant prize for Munich each year, granting them a solo exhibition and the publication of a catalogue.
At the time of its foundation, GEDOK Munich’s most important task was to enable women artists access to the public arena. From that time on, the goal was therefore to establish women artists on boards, juries and in universities as lecturers, which until today has only been partially successful. Currently, the stated goal of GEDOK Munich is to achieve real equality for professional women artists.
We facilitate contacts between women artists and other professionals in order to strengthen the artists’ competitive position.
Over the decades, the focus has shifted. Many artists want to, and are indeed forced to, live from their chosen occupation. A requirement for this is to conceive of art as a profession. It is no longer enough to simply encourage and accompany the self-employed artist in her precarious endeavours. Today it is necessary to facilitate contacts between professional women artists and other professionals to enable mutual benefits and to strengthen the competitive capacity of women artists in the art scene. The structure of GEDOK as an association for women artists and art patrons is able to provide an appropriate framework for this purpose.