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.

The Open Art Fair

The Open Art Fair loses court appeal over early closure

15 March 2021

BADA Ltd, the organiser of The Open Art Fair, has lost an appeal against a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

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ATG letters: ‘Antiques Council’ – start with a smaller selection of people

15 March 2021

MADAM – Further to the fraught issue of a possible merger between BADA and LAPADA.

Defra sign

Consultation on exemption process for Ivory Act launched

10 March 2021

The UK Government has launched a consultation on how exemptions to allow the trade in some items under the Ivory Act will be implemented and processed.

ATG letter: Yes, an ‘antiques council’ is exactly what the trade needs

08 March 2021

MADAM – Re: ‘What’s really needed is a broader antiques council’ Letters, ATG No 2482).

Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Budget for recovery: culture and arts sector and shops among those to get new grants

03 March 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a series of measures to try to return the economy to stronger growth during and after the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The Brexit effect: Dealers learning to live with complicated new trading rules for the vital EU market

01 March 2021

When Freya Simms presented at a European art market conference in late January, forecasting what dealers should expect in 2021, the LAPADA chief executive illustrated her slides with an image of someone dragging a ball of red tape up the hill.

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ATG letter: What’s really needed is a broader ‘antiques council’

01 March 2021

MADAM – Recent events (Brexit, the removal of the exemption for antique ivory, Covid) have all highlighted the need for a clear single ‘Antiques Trade’ voice to speak to Government and the wider world.

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News in Brief – including BADA's election of council members

01 March 2021

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the British Antique Dealers’ Association's election of council members

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Visit palaces, museums and private collections from the comfort of your armchair with BADA Friends online events

28 February 2021

BADA Friends, part of The British Antique Dealers' Association, has continued its events virtually until in-person versions can take place later this year.

ATG letters: Trade bodies merger plea: one Jeremy for, one against…

22 February 2021

MADAM – At the risk of boring your readers with yet another letter from me, I would like to endorse Kay Michie’s very sensible suggestion that one organisation representing the antiques trade would be better than two (Letters, ATG No 2479).

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ATG letter: Brexit makes single trade body a vital step

15 February 2021

MADAM – It will come as no surprise that I, for one, wholeheartedly support the proposal from Kaye Michie (see Letters & Opinion, ATG No 2479) that the two antiques dealer associations, BADA and LAPADA, should be merged.

ATG letter: Time to ask the members for their opinions

15 February 2021

MADAM – It has been a rough sea for BADA of late and I sincerely hope that BADA will not become ‘The Flying Dutchman’ of the Art and Antique world: endlessly at sea, talking to itself with neither destination nor home port.

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‘Time has come to act’ on merger of two antiques trade associations

08 February 2021

A merger of the two major antiques trade associations, The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) and LAPADA, is again up for discussion.

ATG letter: Trade associations must be inclusive and streamlined

08 February 2021

MADAM – I would like to open up the discussion on merging the two major antique trade associations BADA and LAPADA.

Breguet Four Minute Tourbillon watch

Rare George III watch barred from leaving country in hope it can be bought by a UK buyer

03 February 2021

A £2m pocket watch once owned by George III has been temporarily blocked from export to give a UK institution the chance to purchase it.

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Antiques trade chiefs: Resourcefulness and ingenuity will be crucial in 2021

25 January 2021

The heads of three associations say dealers need to rise to the challenges during the toughest trading period for decades

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BADA appoints director of strategy and operations to new-look team

18 January 2021

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has reorganised its team and created a new role of director of strategy and operations.

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Open Art Fair appeals court ruling on stand fee

11 January 2021

The organiser of The Open Art Fair is to appeal a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

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BADA’s first female chairman looks to virtual world with a human touch

11 January 2021

New BADA chairman feels personal contact is still vital for firms in a Covid-19 environment

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Online sales remain the focus for art and antiques businesses under new coronavirus lockdown restrictions

05 January 2021

Auctions, shops and centres under the new coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England will be able to continue to trade online.

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