Dutch award-winning Entrepreneur Joëlle Dinnage, “inspirational businesswoman” and International Art Dealer. She first showed her business skills at the age of thirteen when she successfully started selling Art and has since continued an ambitious road to success. After graduating at the Saint Lucas Art Academy (Netherlands) winning the young business “Entrepreneur Award” broadcasted on television, she swiftly made her move to London, where she got to grips with the core selling environment in London’s business district.
Achieving a series of sales breakthroughs, her career path led Joëlle to Oxford where she was offered a ‘Creative Marketing Executive’ role at Seacourt Limited; ‘world-leading sustainable printing company’. Co-Founding an e-commerce sister-company for the business, which also enabled her to meet Queen Elizabeth II due to exceptional performances by the company that received two Queen’s Awards for Sustainable Development whilst she was working there.
In 2010 Joëlle started her first business and launched online art gallery ‘The Funky Art Gallery’ focused on Urban and Graffiti art. After an interview broadcasted worldwide, the gallery became the Google page 1 ranking for ‘Cool Art’ in UK and US – a major achievement!
After the successful and rapid growth of her first business. She founded the ‘Global Art Agency’ in 2011. Starting as an art event organiser based in Oxford, the GAA Ltd now has expanded with offices in London and Dubai, and is one of the fastest growing international art platforms, with large art events in cities such as Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Miami, Vienna, Rotterdam, and Oxford.
The Global Art Agency were nominated by Investor Allstars for the ‘Sferiq Award for Digital Innovation in Art’, and got shortlisted for the Oxfordshire Business Awards ‘Culture & Tourism Award’ 2018, they also won the ACQ5 Art & Culture Award 2016 & 2018. The company also succeeded with being shortlisted in the top 30 of the Virgin Media Business VOOM Awards with Dinnage’s pitch to Sir Richard Branson.
Joëlle has been a Curator for the Florence Biennial, and she has also been a Curator for Playboy London. In January 2015 Joëlle opened another gallery “InVogue Art Gallery” with their launch in London Mayfair. And since December 2015 she has been an Art & Collectibles Expert for WorldGuide. She also sits on the Board of Advisors for NPE Artist Residency, in Singapore.
In 2016 Joëlle had the vision to celebrate the Arts on a grand scale. She envisioned that there should be an ‘Oscars for the Visual Arts” to reward the contemporary outstanding artist. And so she started collaborating in 2017 with Armani, Wall Street Journal, Artnet, and ArtPrice to organise the first Global Art Awards at the Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Soon the Royal family became aware of such great happening in the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan invited Dinnage to his Palace in Al Ain (Abu Dhabi). H.H. Sheikh Saeed is now the Patron of the annual Global Art Awards in Dubai, and together they are working on impacting the Art & Culture positively in the United Arab Emirates.
Joëlle is a philanthropist. In 2012 she travelled to Tanzania to help the orphanage of ‘Bwejuu’. Dinnage remains to be a committed supporter of the orphanage and is planning her next visit this year with her 5-year old son. In February 2014 Joëlle’s company went over to the orphanage ‘Save Blessing Child Home’ in Kathmandu to educate and organise art classes for the orphans. In 2015 she raised money together with ‘Act Against Ebola’ at the Blenheim Palace Charity Gala with an Art Auction organised by Dinnage for ‘Doctors without Borders’. Joëlle is a keen supporter of Cancer Research, having lost her Dad to cancer recently. Dinnage is also a passionate Environmentalist. Together with Seacourt Limited she has reduced the carbon footprint of many organisations, and is a dedicated contributor of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Joëlle has won several awards and accreditations:
‘Inspirational Female Leader 2019’ – Business Excellence Awards Dubai, Finalist
‘Rising Star 2018’ – Women in Business Awards, Shortlisted
‘Young Achiever of the Year 2017’ – First Women Awards, Finalist
‘Entrepreneur of the year 2017’ – Venus Awards, Nominated
‘Women of the Future Award 2016’ – Art & Culture, Shortlisted
‘Entrepreneur of the year 2016’ – Investor Allstars, Finalist
‘Female Entrepreneur 2015’ – Stevie Awards, Silver Winner
‘Oxfordshire Young Business Person 2015’ – Nominated
‘Women in Business Awards 2014’ – Rising Star, Shortlisted
‘Sferiq Award Innovation in Art’ – Investor Allstars, Nominated
‘Inspirational Businesswoman 2013’ – Woman in Trade UK
‘Top Female Entrepreneur’ – Small Business Heroes
‘Entrepreneur Award’ – MINI Enterprise, Amsterdam