Welcome to the Art Mercenary!

Thank you for visiting my website. I am an independent arts professional consulting with galleries, art dealers, arts organisations, artists and collectors. An alumna from the Courtauld Institute of Art and UCL, my activities include art fairs, PR and research, social media strategy & management and, less frequently, curating & art advisory for collectors.
Maria wearing Rose Finn-Kelcey's 'It Rules' for Twitter 23 Feb 14

I am also the co-director of YPA London and I have also been involved in several start up organisations, such as Spain NOW!, currently in its 5th year, AWAD, the Association of Women Art Dealers, founded to support the careers of women art dealers and gallerists and Be Smart About Art, where I consult on the development of the programme of talks, courses & other activities. I have also lectured at Sotheby’s Institute and I collaborate on an ongoing basis with The Multiple Store a publisher of 3D editions by some of the most prominent artists in the UK. More details about these activities can be found below.

My personal interests include contemporary photography, multiples and editions and non traditional media such as collage & installation art as well as art from Asia, esp. Burma. My latest curatorial project to date was Spaces in Transition, a photography exhibition at Hanmi Gallery – click here to read a review of this (if I say so myself) fab show.

The galleries and art dealers I have collaborated with include Retrospect Galleries, Genty Fine Art, Decorazon Gallery, KPK Contemporary, Flaere Gallery and Lucy Johnson.

You can find me on Twitter: @mariaveletas and you can also follow other accounts I manage @ypalondon, @multiplestore, @womenartdealers and @besmartaboutart

Feel free to get in touch for more info!

Thanks for checking in!



The Multiple Store – A not for profit that publishes fantastic 3D editions by some of the great contemporary artists in the UK. I am their Social Media manager & ad-hoc helper

Be Smart About Art – Art is your Life. Make it your Living. Follow us on Twitter @besmartaboutart for exciting events for artist & art professionals

AWAD, the Association of Women Art Dealers provides a professional support network via monthly meetings, regular masterclasses, networking events and online presence. Follow us on Twitter @womenartdealers

Art from Burma brings to the UK the best contemporary artists working in Burma today. A selection of artworks is available in London but we are able to source a range of artists and styles to suit the collector’s personal taste. Contact us with your requirements or check what’s available on ArtfromBurma.co.uk

YPA London provides development and networking opportunities for those working in the arts, founded in 2009 by Vishal Sumarria of Sumarria Lunn Gallery. Follow us on Twitter @ypalondon or like us on Facebook

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    Dear Maria – we are a new Gallery and looking for people / galleries to collaborate with on a commission basis.
    Could you please kindly look at the website and let me know if this is something you would be interested in. We are based in the North East of England but think the best marketing opportunities for this type of Contemporary art etc would be in London / Southern region. Please take a look and drop me a note. I picked up your details from LinkedIn. Very Best Regards, David.

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