The second Antiques Young Gun of the Year award ceremony will take place in July at a new venue: Alfies Antiques Market in London’s Marylebone, hosted by owner Bennie Gray.
The Antiques Young Guns movement, founded last year by George
Johnson, Mark Hill and Gail McLeod to promote and inspire young
people in the industry who are aged 39 and under, has gathered pace
since it was launched and now has a website through which members
can sell stock and find advice.
A new feature for 2014 is a mentoring scheme, working with 12
well-known, experienced members of the antiques trade who are aged
40 and over, to be known as the Antiques Heavy Artillery. According
to their field of expertise, the mentors will be matched with the
winning Young Gun and the 11 shortlisted candidates to work with
them over a 12-month period, passing on some of their expertise and
experience by spending at least three days of their time with their
A number of sponsors will be providing benefits and prizes for
the winner and runners-up.
Image: Tim Medhurst, the 2013 Young
Guns winner who is a judge for this year's awards.
Full details of the mentors and the confirmed date for the
awards party will be announced at The Bath Decorative Antiques
Fair on Thursday, March 6, during the fair's 25th
birthday celebrations party when the awards will be also officially
Judges for this year's awards include Tim Medhurst of Reeman
Dansie Auctioneers, winner of the inaugural awards in 2013,
alongside founders George Johnson, Mark Hill and Gail McLeod, Anna
Brady of Antiques Trade Gazette, Judith Miller of
Miller's Antique Guides, Sarah Percy-Davis CEO of LAPADA
and Pippa Roberts of The Decorative Antiques &
More details will be published in a future issue.
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