LAPADA, The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, have appointed Rebecca Davies as their new chief executive following the resignation of Sarah Percy-Davis in December.
Ms Davies is currently managing director of the Mayfair
contemporary art gallery Blain|Southern, a position she has held
since the gallery was founded in 2010, and she will take up the
LAPADA role on May 12.
She helped to set up Blain|Southern's London gallery, expanding
the business to New York and Berlin. Prior to this she was European
business director for Haunch of Venison and worked in the
Impressionist and Modern art department at Christie's.
The appointment may come as a surprise to some in the trade who
expected Mrs Percy-Davis's replacement to come from an antiques
background, but Rebecca Davies apparently has a broad interest in
the art and antiques market and studied for a Master's Degree at
the Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in 19th century French
painting and art markets. She also has experience in
communications, lobbying, finance and management.
Ms Davies will oversee every aspect of LAPADA, including
presiding over the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in
Berkeley Square in September, and will work closely with chairman
Abilities and Experience
"She is undoubtedly the right person to lead the organisation
through its next stage of development and I feel sure that the
membership will warm to her," said Lord Chadlington. "Most
importantly, I am confident that her broad range of abilities,
particularly her experience in the digital space, will be of great
benefit to the association and its members."
Ms Davies said: "I see this as an amazing opportunity to apply
skills that I have gained through the contemporary art market to
maximise interest and excitement in the art and antiques market. It
is a rich scene with many facets, and too often overlooked by the
She also paid tribute to Mrs Percy-Davis, a popular figure in
the trade who has spent a decade in the role, describing her as an
inspiring role model: "She has modernised LAPADA, and I hope to
build on her work with ambitious and creative plans for today's
Mrs Percy-Davis decided to step down late last year largely
because of family commitments and has played an active role in
finding her successor, a task which has taken longer than planned
as she originally intended to hand over the reins in March.
She will continue to maintain close links with the association
in an as-yet undefined role and will be involved in LAPADA's 40th
anniversary celebrations this year as well as the CINOA conference,
due to take place in London at the end of June.
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