About Us

The #5WomenArtists campaign, created by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) inspired the creation of ArtGirlRising. A portion from every sale (excluding wholesale) during 2018 and 2019 was donated to NMWA to help fulfil their mission to champion women through the arts. 

Over the last 3 years we have donated more than £11,000 to charities and not for profits, including NMWA, Women for Women and Tessera Arts Collective

Our Mission

Our mission is to create an art world where women are equal. We advocate and celebrate women in the arts. Women in art have faced gender biases for centuries. Female artists have been omitted from art history books and we remain drastically underrepresented and undervalued in museums, galleries, and auction houses to this day. 

We help spark conversations and raise awareness about this inequality




Our small but mighty team: 

Liezel Strauss is passionate about addressing the under-representation of women artists across the art world and in 2018 the idea for ArtGirlRising sparked. Her creative endeavours span four continents over  nearly two decade and she has spoken widely on the positive value of art around the world.  

Liezel is also the co-founder and director of Where Are The Women Artists and Subject Matter and in 2019 was named one of UN Women's top 100 female innovators worldwide, as part of their She Innovates Global programme.  

Kelly Denyard studied marketing and has been in the industry for over 15 years, with previous jobs in broadcasting and FMCG. For over a decade Kelly worked with creative agencies, designers, editors, producers and content creators and the under representation of women in the arts remains shocking to her. 

Having met Liezel whilst they were both living in Malaysia, they share a deep friendship and a shared passion of women supporting women. Now living in London Kelly is heads up ArtGirlRising's marketing to help change the numbers in the art world. 

Nina Sareena Idris is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia born and raised. Nina Sareena studied in New York and have been invested in the arts from her earliest memories. Armed with a quick wit, incredible way with words, and her wicked sense of humour, she set off into the business of art and activism with her partner and friend, Liezel.  

Nina Sareena is ArtGirlRising's business and project manager, she keeps things together and her grounded nature keeps our feet on the ground.