Organisations

Trade organisations play an important role in the art and antiques market. Their remit may include lobbying, communicating information to members, offering professional development and qualifications, organising events, setting standards and ensuring adherence to them.

Other organisations listed in this section perform different functions such as providing online marketplaces, education or supplying other services to the art and antiques trade.

Goldsmiths' Hall

How to spot faked or forged antique silver hallmarks

16 April 2024

Delegates attending the latest Goldsmiths’ Company London Assay Office seminar were warned to be alert to the many types of deceptive silver on the market.

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SOFAA: why we are an increasingly important voice for the industry

15 April 2024

Helen Carless, chairman of The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers, and the former chairman and managing director of Lawrences of Crewkerne, speaks to ATG about the society’s activities.

Burghley George III Room

BADA Friends hosts popular activities for spring and summer

05 April 2024

Calendar includes trips to Burghley House and home of Emery Walker

European Commission

Art and antiques trade unites against EU import rules

25 March 2024

Art and antiques trade associations have stepped up their campaign to “dilute the worst effects” of the incoming EU import licensing regulation which comes into force next summer.

New hires

Entertainment memorabilia expansion for Sotheby’s plus other hires across the world of art and antiques

28 February 2024

The latest round up of Movers and Shakers at auction houses, dealers and dealer associations.

Chelsea Old Town Hall

Cotswold’s dealer fair relocates to London for 2025

27 February 2024

The organisers of the Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) are moving its annual fair to London next year.

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Midlands art fair set for an April debut is delayed again

26 February 2024

The inaugural Midlands Art Design Antiques Fair (MADA) at Birmingham’s NEC has been postponed again.

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Gallant leaves BADA management role

26 February 2024

Ashley Gallant has left her role as managing director of The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA).

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Obituary: Book dealer Gerald William Mosdell (1935-2024)

26 February 2024

Friends, family, customers and booksellers from across the UK gathered in Colwyn Bay on February 12 to say their last goodbyes to Gerry Mosdell.

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Midlands Art Design Antiques Fair (MADA) postponed until spring 2025

20 February 2024

The inaugural Midlands Art Design Antiques Fair (MADA) at Birmingham’s NEC has been postponed again.

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News in brief including a stolen Chinese bronze vessel recovered and returned

12 February 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including an ancient Chinese bronze vessel stolen 40 years ago being recovered after emerging at Sotheby’s.

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Stolen ancient bronze recovered 40 years later and returned to China

07 February 2024

A 2900-year-old Chinese bronze vessel that was stolen 40 years ago has been returned to China following a repatriation ceremony.

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New Midlands fair MADA postponed

12 January 2024

Stable Events' and LAPADA's new venture at Birmingham's NEC may run in the autumn.

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A change for online fairs and a host of events as the PBFA marks five decades

04 January 2024

The PBFA has announced plans for its 50th anniversary year.

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New Midlands art fair details announced

02 January 2024

Early details of the new spring fair organised by Stable Events in association with LAPADA at Birmingham’s NEC have been announced.

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Spa town’s book fairs boom again

02 January 2024

Revived event in Tunbridge Wells is full with a waiting list, reflecting the strong national trend

Prince Caspian

More than £50m of art, antiques and collectables acquired by the nation

20 December 2023

The latest annual Cultural Gifts Scheme and Acceptance in Lieu Annual Report has been published detailing the artworks and objects that will go on show to the public.

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UK imports process set to become easier

18 December 2023

Importing art and antiques into the UK via the Temporary Admissions (TA) procedure could soon become easier following government plans for a strategic review and simplification of the system.

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SLAD toasts members’ work

18 December 2023

The Society of London Art Dealers’ Christmas Drinks took place on December 12 at Hauser & Wirth on Savile Row.

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ABA signs off for 2023 with a party in a pop-up

18 December 2023

This year’s Antiquarian Booksellers Association Christmas Party took place on December 7 at Thomas Heneage’s pop-up show on Regent Street.

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