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Cromwell Place, which will become a new arts hub in London.

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Preston Benson, the recently appointed managing director of the development, addressed plans for the hub in ‘The Gallery Think Tank: The Evolving Gallery Model’ at the Art Business Conference.

As well as providing spaces for commercial exhibitions for local galleries, the hub may work with institutions such as the Hermitage Museum on hosting elements of their collections for loan shows.

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Preston Benson, managing director of the Cromwell Place development.

Benson said Cromwell Place will help develop technology for use in gallery administration along with providing offices and flexible working spaces, including hot desks.

The panel also included Vanessa Carlos of Carlos/Ishikawa gallery and antiques and works of art dealer Lennox Cato.

The focus of discussion was the importance of collaboration as the art and antiques trade faces challenges such as rising rents and rates.