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Contemporary British art dealer Mark Jerram who runs The Jerram Gallery in Dorset.

1 How did you get your start?

I worked for six months for a picture framer. That lead to an introduction to the Oscar & Peter Johnson Gallery. This is where I started dealing in 18th and 19th century British pictures. This background has had a strong influence in the selection of Contemporary artists that I now represent.

2 What challenges are facing the trade in the coming months?

The immediate challenge is for the current lockdown not to be extended and for customer confidence to remain and for them to continue to visit galleries. Looking ahead we know that tax rises will be planned. If these are too onerous, they will limit a client’s ability and mindset about spending on luxury items.

3 What are your plans for the new lockdown?

Continuing our planned exhibition programme, sending catalogues and e-catalogues and being diligent with social media. During the first lockdown we found that this really paid off.

4 One lesson you would like to pass on others in the trade?

Don’t chase short-term market trends but have the confidence to exhibit high quality work. In the long term this will pay off as clients will support a gallery or antiques dealer who consistently shows interesting pieces of a high calibre.

5 Who do you admire in the art world?

Andras Kalman had the courage to champion 20th century artists, who at times were unfashionable.

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