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Richard Parry, head of the experience economy and performing arts at DIT, said he is keen to counter views that the government does not listen to the art and antiques sector.

He added: “We want the art and antiques world to know someone in government is interested in what they do. We have started to care and we want to help.”

Initial discussions have been held with the organisers of London Art Week (LAW) and DIT hopes to make more contacts across the wider art and antiques sector to offer assistance to bring new contacts to events, galleries and salerooms.

“It is about connecting supply and demand and adding value that perhaps someone else can’t do. I feel there might be lots we can help with.”

Philippa Gimlette, LAW CEO, said: “LAW is growing in scope and importance, and keen to attract visitors from Asia and other parts of the world. LAW is always grateful for the support of the DIT and the opportunities that brings.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors from Asia to our new winter events in December, as well as our classic events in the summer.”

The next LAW takes place December 1-8 but it is expected the DIT input will be planned for next year. Parry said he is currently discussing arranging for Chinese organisations from Shanghai to potentially visit during next summer.

The government department will use its embassy network, with a focus on building trade relations with the economies of the US, China and Hong Kong and the Gulf states, to assist the sector with access to wealthy potential buyers.