Wednesday 6th September 2017

9.00 – 10.00: Delegate registration and breakfast networking in the Business Pavilion 

10.00: Opening remarks from the conference chair, Georgina Adam

10.15 – 11.15: The Art Market in India: the opening panel of the 2017 London Art Business Conference will explore how digital media, one of the most increasingly influential mediums for conveying both information and art itself, is shaping the landscape and evolution of cultural consumption in India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world. India is expected to overtake the US as the second-largest smartphone market next year and with one of the largest and youngest populations across the globe, those working in the cultural sector are increasingly turning to digital media to connect with and develop their audiences.  Speakers: Neha Kirpal (India Art Fair) and Alan Gemmell (British Council), Abha Housego (Saffronart) and moderated by Melanie Gerlis (Financial Times)

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11.15 – 11.35: Morning Refreshment Break and networking in the Business Pavilion 

11.35 – 12.35: The New Business Models for UK Private Museums and Foundations: this session will explore the challenges of creating successful models that support regeneration within the local community, attract international recognition, harness new technologies and seek to ultimately create an enduring legacy. The panel will also discuss the commissioning and collecting process, and will ask what impact, if any, Brexit might have on these pioneering UK projects?  Speakers: Robert Wilson (Jupiter Artland Foundation), Sébastien Montabonel (Montabonel & Partners), Jonathan Ruffer (Auckland Castle Trust) and James Carleton (Farrer & Co), moderated by Jane Morris (The Art Newspaper) 

12.35 – 12.40 – Pause for thought: Trevor Horsewood 

12.40 – 13.45: Buffet lunch served in the Business Pavilion  

14.00 – 14.45: Picking up the Pieces: The Real Costs of Artwork Packing and Conservation: In recent years we have observed an on-going trend in the commercial art market towards using standardised, non-tailored art packaging to protect and prepare artworks for transit. What may seem in the first instance as a perfectly appropriate, cost-saving solution, frequently leads to significant artwork damage and in consequence high conservation costs, not to mention the potential decrease in the artwork’s value, insurance claims and reputational losses to the parties involved. This session will explore how conservation and packing specialist collaborate to mitigate the risk of artwork damage. Using real life examples and cost analysis, our speakers will give practical advice on how to properly prepare artworks for transit or storage and present a range of solutions tailored to different budget needs. Speakers: Joanna Shepard (Joanna Shepard Conservation) & Mark Harton (Momart)

14.45 – 15.30: Brexit: An Opportunity for the British Art Industry?  Earlier this year, members of PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market) volunteered to consider how certain issues relevant to the British art industry might be affected by Brexit, and to inform the Government on these issues. They include the Artist’s Resale Right, consumer protection, anti-money laundering, taxation, custom controls and the export of cultural property. The aim of this initiative is to maximize the chances that the British art industry remains vibrant, creative and competitive after Brexit, if not more so. During this session, four PAIAM members closely involved with this initiative will outline the issues being considered, the survey of PAIAM members on these issues, and how the Government is responding.  Speakers: Pierre Valentin (Constantine Cannon), Craig Davies (Rawlinson & Hunter), Wendy Philips (Sotheby’s) and Anders Petterson (ArtTactic)

15.30 – 16.15: Gallery & Auction Think Tank breakout sessions

16.15 – 16.30: Refreshment Break in the Business Pavilion 

16.30 – 17.15: The Art Market Professional as Merchant Venturer: the perils and pitfalls of doing business far from home?  Today’s art market is far more geographically diverse.  Art professionals have to travel extensively to meet new buyers and attend art fairs in many parts of the world, some of which may have very different infrastructure, culture and practices.   Along with opportunity comes pitfalls.  This session will focus on how art professionals can protect themselves and their art from physical, legal and reputational harm when doing business in emerging markets.  Items addressed will include personal security, including mitigating the threat of kidnap or blackmail, compliance with the UK Bribery Act and US equivalent and guarding against damage to your art, for example during customs inspection. 

17.15 – 17.45: Presentation to be confirmed 

17.45: Closing Address

18.00 – 19.00: Evening networking drinks in the Business Pavilion 

19.00: Conference close