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The Art Business Conference – London 4th September 2018

The annual one-day international Art business conference returns to London for the 5th edition for galleries, dealers, auctioneers, advisors, collectors and museum professionals, to meet and discuss the key issues affecting the international art market. Through presentations and panel discussions, industry experts will share insights and advice on some of the key aspects associated with running an art business or art collection, including the latest updates in legislation.

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The confirmed 2018 topics are:

  • The Entrepreneurial Museum – in the face of funding cuts, what initiatives are museums are working on to raise revenue and how museums are working more closely with the art trade?
  • The Evolving Art Fair – exploring the dynamics behind creating an art fair in new locations and the challenges the art fair business is facing.
  • Valuing Contemporary Art – a panel of four leading experts assess the value of contemporary art.
  • A Comparative Art Law Study: to litigate, mediate or arbitrate? Art law experts will offer an insight into recent art law cases and will offer three different possible solutions through arbitration, mediation or litigation.


Presentation: The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive – what does this mean for the art trade? This session will ask: why us? What the AML regulations seek to prevent & how do they do it? Who is required to comply with the regulations? What does compliance involve? Plus, practical issues for KYC, understanding the transaction, source of funds & risk assessments. This is practical session will offer guidance and advice and is now relevant to any business selling works of art with transactions of €10,000 or more.


Provenance and the Blockchain: Issues and Future Visions: This panel explores the topic of provenance and due diligence in the art market. The session will open with an introduction to the blockchain, followed by a discussion that will assess the current approaches to ownership history and investigate the likely future impact of blockchain technologies on the market. Issues we seek to explore include: What is the current state of provenance research in the art market? • What impact might the digitisation of catalogue raisonnés have on approaches to provenance? • Could the blockchain revolutionise how we address provenance in the future? • Should we be seeking an international industry standard for the recording of provenance in catalogue raisonnés, auction catalogues and archives? • Can provenance research be applied to the market for antiquities and cultural heritage? • How can collectors be encouraged to engage with the importance of provenance, particularly as prices rise and risks multiply? • How might artists be affected by these new technological developments? • To what extent might such emerging technologies disrupt traditional approaches to art business more generally? Speakers: Robert Upstone (Robert Upstone Ltd), Jess Houlgrave (Codex Protocol) and Gareth Fletcher (Sotheby’s Institute), moderated by Tom Flynn (Flynn & Giovani).


Interview: Why brown is the new black? Whether new audiences coming to auctions online, or a re-birth for the decorative arts sector, there are exciting developments impacting the way in which people are engaging with collecting today. Christie’s has been instrumental in shaping opinions and influencing a new appreciation for heirlooms in recent months. As tastes evolve, Dirk Boll, President of Christies’s EMERI, discusses current trends and shares predictions for the future of collecting.

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