Creative platform founded and ran by Ally from 2019 to 2021
After researching the (lack of) representation of women in arts journalism during her MA, Ally decided to create an online magazine dedicated to championing women in the arts. Within its first year, the magazine grew a community of over 75 contributing writers, publishing weekly interviews, artist spotlight features, opinion pieces, and reviews.
As the COVID-19 panedemic hit, Ally noticed the need for creatives to collaborate and showcase their work online. The Gallyry evolved to focus on providing a platform for emerging creatives through interviews, still keeping its support for women and non-binary people at the heart of its mission.
Ally also launched The Gallyry studio, a creative agency to collaborate with other emerging creatives and platforms on artistic projects including:
Creative Careers Guide created with mentoring platform I LIKE NETWORKING and illustrator Malini Rao to help demystify working in the creative industry. The guide includes resources and real-talk interviews with 12 creatives from The New York Times, Liverpool Biennal, Channel 4, and more.
The Artists Collection created with sustainable jewellery brand Maison des Pêches. The limited edition collection was inspired by three artists – Alma Thomas, Yayoi Kusama, and Frida Kahlo – and each piece aimed to educate on the art history that influenced the designs. All of The Gallyry's profits were donated to Women's Solace Aid.
The Apocalypse Will Blossom Exhibition launched during the first COVID-19 lockdown as a digital escape and platform for artists to showcase their work when the world shut down. 15 artists shared pieces that explored their experiences of living in lockdown, the importance of coming together, and the power of positivity.
Made by Women Bookmarks created with publisher Made by Women Zines (now Common Threads Press) to inspire and educate on some of the great women and non-binary artists from history. Accompanied with an interview series on The Gallyry exploring the artists and illustrators behind the bookmarks.