Who We Are

World Art Foundations (WAF) was created in 2014 by Peter Deckers and Helena Stork. WAF is the only network exclusively dedicated to private art foundations, whether they are created by individuals, artists or companies. We have a growing membership of over 250 Art Foundations, spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

WAF is a hub that enables decision-makers to share their knowledge and experiences to support and inspire each other based on advancing together in the context of common goals. Providing targeted solutions and exclusive content focussed around Art Foundations’ visions, missions and objectives.

Our Founders

 

“We strongly felt the need to create a network for foundations to share ideas and unite to help everyone work together, solve issues and magnify their voices. We see Art Foundations as beautiful, isolated islands with many hidden jewels and we therefore designed WAF to become the enabler whilst also putting them in the spotlight. ”

Peter Deckers and Helena Stork, Co-Founders

Helena Stork is an art historian with extended work experience as a sculpture specialist at Christie’s Amsterdam. In 1996 she married Herman Krikhaar (1930-2010), the Amsterdam gallerist well known for his involvement with artists from the CoBrA art movement, he also worked as a painter and collector. Together they set up the Krikhaar Foundation in 2007 to continue Krikhaar’s material and spiritual legacy.

Peter Deckers (artist name: Varozza) is a Belgian-born Swiss artist with a wide range of practices. His work spans several categories such as performance art, video, film, painting, sculpture – sometimes monumental – and music. Between 1982 and 2013 he ran several galleries and art institutes in Brussels and Paris.

Shortly after Helena and Peter met, Peter became involved in the management of the Krikhaar Foundation. On the strength of this experience and the concept he had artistically developed: “the relationship of picturalities”, i.e. works that exist both alone and in relationship, Peter developed the idea of creating the Art Foundations network, sensing their need for connections.

Our Team

 

Clare Hindle, Director

Clare joined WAF in March 2020 as their first director. Prior to that Clare worked as an executive director for the Cass Sculpture Foundation for seven years where she was responsible for delivering the Art Foundation’s mission to commission and exhibit artwork from international artists. Reporting to the founding family and a board of 12 trustees, CASS delivered multiple projects in partnership with art institutions around the world.

Clare also has extensive experience in fundraising for institutions such as Kew Gardens, where Clare was the Associate Director for Major Gifts working on the ‘Breathing Planet Campaign’ as well as Head of Development for Pallant House Gallery in the UK.

Clare started her career at Sotheby’s London, as a European Fine Arts business advisor developing Internet auctions.

Contact Clare Hindle here: clare@worldartfoundations.com

Rosalia Romano, Foundations Coordinator

Rosalia joined WAF in February 2023 as their Foundations Coordinator, being the point of contact for WAF’s Members and working closely with WAF’s director.

Having previously worked in art galleries, the press and international relations. Rosalia has a lengthy experience in project coordination and intercultural communication. She is skilled in multi-channel Media management with her work and research focusing on Contemporary Art.

Before joining WAF she was a project manager for the French Prime Minister’s office during the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, being the liaison between the French government and European ministers,  head of states, embassies and their teams.

As a polyglot, she has developed in multilingual environments working fluently in English, Spanish, French and basic Portuguese. She holds a Masters degree in Media and Culture from Paris 8 University.

 

Contact Rosalia Romano here: rosalia@worldartfoundations.com

Johanna Suttner, Global Partnerships

Johanna joined WAF’s corporate partnership department in September 2023. In her current role, she makes extensive use of the five languages she speaks to secure sponsorship and partnership opportunities.

Johanna worked for many years at Sotheby’s London as Head of Client Development Europe where she was responsible for strategy and building client loyalty. Johanna started her career at Sotheby’s London as a European Fine Arts business advisor developing Internet auctions. In between these roles, she had a stint at the auction house Phillips, de Pury and Luxembourg, helping set up their Impressionist department and London operations.

Johanna holds a Masters degree in International Business and Economics from the University of Vienna where she also studied History of Art, which is her passion.

Contact Johanna Suttner here: johanna@worldartfoundations.com

Nura Makki, Global Partnerships

Nura joined WAF in September 2023 after 18 years’ experience in the third sector as fundraiser, focussed on philanthropy, major donors and corporate partnerships. Over her career, she secured donations in excess of seven figures. Her focus has been to help major donors and philanthropists invest into first phase trial medical research as well as assisting large corporations in fulfilling their corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment. With her background she is uniquely positioned to understand the commercial world as well as non-for-profit organisations.

Nura is Chair of the fundraising committee at the London Children’s Ballet. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan.

Contact Nura Makki here: nura@worldartfoundations.com