Friday 25 March 2022   

09.00 – 09.30: Delegate registration and breakfast networking in the Business Pavilion   

09.30: Opening remarks from the conference chair Melanie Gerlis

09.40 – 10.00: Opening Keynote Speech: Pontus Silfverstolpe (Barnebys)

10.00 – 11.00: Sustainability and the art world. There have been tremendous steps forward and a positive momentum for change across all sectors of the art world, galvanized by new initiatives such as the Gallery Climate Coalition.  And as the art world looks set to gear up for a hectic return to travel with art fairs & biennales in 2022, navigating the reality of different art business operating models will bring challenges. This panel will explore the metrics and mechanics for building greater sustainability and will share updates from the auction, gallery, fine art insurance and shipping perspectives. Speakers: Chris Bentley (AXA XL), Cliodhna Murphy (Hauser & Wirth), Tom Woolston, (Christie’s), Imogen Prus (Convelio) moderated by Louisa Buck (The Art Newspaper).

11.00 – 11.30: Morning refreshment break and networking in the Business Pavilion 

11.35 – 12:50: Contemporary African Art. As the African art market continues to flourish we ask how artists’ careers and their legacy can be supported during this important period of creative growth across Africa? The panel will discuss the most recent auction sales, the role of digital, and will offer greater insight into the art markets within Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia. Speakers: Touria El Glaoui (1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair), Rakeb Sile (Addis Fine Art), Bimpe Nkontchou (Wealth 8), Hannah O’Leary (Sotheby’s) and Freda Isingoma (KIISA), moderated Amah-Rose Abrams (Arts Journalist and Broadcaster)

12:50 – 13:00: Presentation by Edouard Gouin (Convelio) Edouard is the MD and co-founder of Convelio, a leading tech-enabled fine art shipping company.  Join Edouard as he considers the current status of the art market and its digitalisation, and shares his vision for the company, which has just recently announced a fundraising of $35 million.

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch served in the Business Pavilion

14.00 – 15.00: Women Innovating in Art, Tech & Finance.  To celebrate Women’s History Month & International Women’s Day, we are thrilled to announce our all-female panel, who will be talking about how they are innovating in art, technology and financeSpeakers: Stacie McCormick (FairArtFair), Anna Lowe (Smartify), Rebecca Fine (Athena Art Finance) and moderated by Jane Morris (Arts Journalist and Broadcaster)

15:05 – 16:05: NFTs at the intersection of the art world. The NFT space is rapidly evolving and understanding the dynamics around building community, collecting trends, and how established artists are moving into the NFT space will be the main focuses for this panel.  All our speakers hail from the art market and the discussion will explore their moves into the NFT space. Speakers: Amir Soleymani (Collector/NFT Liverpool), Xin Li-Cohen (TR Lab), Alex Estorick (Right Click Save) Brendan Dawes (Artist) and Joe Kennedy (Unit London) moderated by Vivienne Chow (artnet) 

16.05 – 17:00 Closing Remarks + networking drinks in association with Athena Art Finance

17:00: Conference close