ATG Editor Ivan Macquisten will chair a debate at this year’s Summer Olympia fair on the challenges facing the industry in breaking into the Chinese and Asian markets.
Entitled How should the West adapt to meet the demands of the
burgeoning Asian/Chinese market?, the debate, which will be held in
the London Room at Olympia at 5pm on
Tuesday, June 12, will field four experts with extensive experience
of working directly in those markets.
Sheaf, an authority on Asian ceramics and Asian art and head of
Asian art at Bonhams and chairman of Bonhams Asia, directs teams in
London, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Having
developed Christie's business in Hong Kong during the 1980s, he
played a leading role in the great shipwreck sales of the 1980s and
'90s. In November 2011, he achieved the highest price during the
London Asian art auction series when he sold a Qianlong vase for
£8m hammer, as well as seeing Bonhams pass both Christie's and
Sotheby's for the total amount taken in the series for the first
Outside Bonhams, Colin has been most excited by his involvement
as one of the two trustees of the Percival David Foundation, the
greatest collection in private hands in the western world of
Imperial Chinese ceramics.
Andy Hei is
the second generation of the Hong Kong Chinese H.L. Hei family,
dealers in huanghuali and zitan furniture from the Ming and Qing
dynasties for over 50 years. He established his own classical
Chinese furniture gallery, Andy Hei Ltd, in Hollywood Road, Hong
Kong, in 1999.
Andy's years of experience of participating in several art fairs
in London and New York led him to launch the first annual Hong Kong
International Asian Antiques and Arts Fair in 2006. He has
developed an active fairs programme since then, culminating in Fine
Art Asia, which runs each October.
A collector of Chinese paintings and works of art, as well as
Asian contemporary art, he writes a special column for ATG, sharing
his view on the Asian and Hong Kong art market. The latest of these
can be see on page 63.
Kate Bryan joined the Fine Art Society in London's Bond Street
as head of contemporary in 2011, having previously been gallery
director of The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong.
During her four years in Hong Kong, Kate was responsible for
bringing important international names to the HK art world,
including solo shows for Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, David Mach,
Debbie Han and a collaboration between David Lynch and the shoe
designer Christian Louboutin. She was the Hong Kong Contributing
Editor for Asian Art News and World Sculpture News, as well as a
regular contributor of arts and travel features for Kee Magazine,
Sentinel Magazine and The South China Morning Post.
Prior to moving to Asia, Kate worked at the British Museum for
Ben Goodger is a partner with international law firm Edwards
Wildman, which has 14 offices including London, Boston, New York
and Hong Kong. An intellectual property (IP) practitioner, he has
over 20 years experience in advising companies on the strategic
management, commercialisation and protection of their valuable IP.
Ben's clients include multinational corporations, SMEs, lenders,
and academic institutions. He spent two years in Shanghai, where he
managed his previous firm's China business and Asia commercial IP
groups, and has internationally-recognised expertise in advising on
strategies for the protection, commercialisation and management of
IP assets in China and Asia. Intellectual Asset Management magazine
listed him in its IAM Strategy 250 - The World's Leading IP
Strategists in 2009, 2010 and 2011.