Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is to headline the first Art Business Conference, a new event scheduled for September 4 in London that will tackle key issues for trade professionals.
Former Olympia fairs director Victoria Borwick, now Deputy Mayor
for London, will be the other keynote speaker at the one-day event
to be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in
Organisers Art Market Minds have put together a programme for
art galleries, auctioneers, advisors and art market professionals
"to meet and discuss the key issues affecting the international art
Presentations, Q&As and panel discussions will focus on
topics including the Artist's Resale Right (ARR), China, selling
art online, the commercial art market and social media, and art
Industry experts will share specialist advice and insights on
some of the key factors in running an art business, including views
from shippers, insurers and art indexes, plus the latest updates in
List of Speakers
Simon Stokes of law firm Blake Lapthorn LLP will share the
platform with Leonora Gummer of the Artists Collecting Society to
update delegates on the latest position regarding ARR, including
what is happening in the United States and France, as well as the
latest review of UK policy following the current consultation
exercise on its impact.
Fenella Barber, director of the China Britain Business Council,
will join dealer Olivier Hervet of the Hadrien Montferrand Gallery,
based in mainland China, and Fred Weijgertse, managing director of
logistics and shipping experts Crown Fine Art, to offer guidance on
doing business in China.
Managing risk and the legal implications of transactions will be
the focus of the session on selling art online conducted by Pierre
Valentin of Constantine Cannon, a specialist art market lawyer and
well-known speaker on the conference and seminar circuit. He will
focus in particular on new rules seeking to protect consumers
buying online and what they mean for dealers and galleries.
Simon Stokes will be back to talk about the commercial art
market and social media, an area with which businesses are becoming
increasingly concerned, although many still feel out of their
depth. Joining him will be Cathy Ma, a social media strategist and
until recently head of social media for publishers IPC Media.
Pierre Valentin will also talk on art financing, particularly
the growing trend for leveraging art assets as loan collateral, and
where the art finance market is heading.
Georgina Adam, columnist with the Financial Times,
The Art Newspaper and BBC.com, will also be speaking.
Louise Hamlin, who is behind the venture, is a graduate of the
Courtauld Institute and head of sales at The Art
She told ATG: "Having witnessed the growth of the global art
market and art fairs, I wanted to create an annual forum where
galleries and art market professionals could meet and discuss the
key issues and challenges their businesses face, and to be informed
on the latest updates in legislation, digital and online
technology, market intelligence and key operational aspects
including insurance and shipping."
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