Our Small But Mighty Team

Liezel Strauss - Founder
Liezel is a gender and art activist and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of ArtGirlRising and the co-founder of Subject Matter and Where Are The Women Artists? Her creative endeavours span four continents over two decades and she has spoken widely on the importance of innovation and equality in the arts globally. 

In 2011 Liezel co-founded  one of the the first online art galleries; Subject Matter and in 2018 she launched ArtGirlRising. In 2019 Liezel was chosen to be 1 of 9 innovators to represent the UN Women 'Impossible to Ignore' campaign and she was named one of the UN Women's top 100 female innovators worldwide. Contact: liezel@artgirlrising.com

Kelly Denyard - Director 
Kelly studied marketing with over 15 years industry experience, with previous jobs in broadcasting and FMCG. For over a decade Kelly worked with creative agencies, designers, editors, producers and content creators. 
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 heads up ArtGirlRising's marketing and UK and Europe sales to help drive awareness and ultimately help change the numbers in the art world. Contact: kelly@artgirlrising.com


Nina Sareena Idris - Community Manager
Nina 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 community manager. Contact: sareena@artgirlrising.com