Programme & Location

The Art Business Conference will launch its first Asia edition in Shanghai, in partnership with YT Media, on 9 November 2018.  The conference programme will be in both English and Chinese with simultaneous translation. To view the YT Media website in Chinese, please click here.

The conference will be held at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, East Wing Garden, 1000 Middle Yan An Road, Shanghai, click here to view a map.

To book your ticket for the inaugural conference please click here.

The one-day conference provides an international platform and network with discussions of the dynamics of buying and selling art, plus the latest industry trends, technologies, and best practice in the art market.  The conference welcomes top-level speakers from museums, auction houses, art galleries, dealers, government, collectors, and business professionals internationally.

The conference programme will include informative presentations, lively panel discussions and Q&A’s with leading industry figures together with excellent networking opportunities at lunch and refreshment breaks. The conference will provide delegates with an overview of the latest developments in today’s art market.

Here is our confirmed programme and speakers:

10.00 – 10:30: Registration and networking

10:30 – 10:50: Opening remarks and welcome by Conference Chair, Luyang Jiang Hildebrandt (Managing Partner / Chief Strategy Office YT Media)

Introduction to The Art Business Conference Asia by Louise Hamlin (Founder and Director of The Art Business Conference) and XU Ning (Founder & CEO YT Media)

Luyang introduces pre-recorded film by Co-Chair Georgina Adam (Financial Times & The Art Newspaper)

Session 1: How to Value Art? 

10:50 – 11:10: Keynote speech: Francesco Bonami.  As a leading global curator, and former director of the Venice Biennale and Whitney Biennial, Francesco recently commented that the biennial model is “stale if not dead”.  Francesco will offer his perspective on the global art world and what and how technologies might impact the way we look and collect art in the future. He will discuss the mutation of what he calls “the Biennial’s disease into the art fair epidemy” and how these two phenomenon create the gallery crisis and the mega dealer syndrome.

11.10 – 11.50: Panel 1: How to buy?  In today’s rapidly evolving global art market, with the proliferation of art fairs, social media, auctions, galleries and online platforms, art has become accessible like never before.  Faced with so many choices, what are the key questions a new collector should consider when purchasing art?  Our panel of experts will offer guidance and insights on buying art and building a collection. And as the global art market faces scrutiny over regulation, how can the market offer greater transparency for future generations of collectors? Speakers: Lilly Chan (Phillips), Amalia Dayan (Luxembourg & Dayan), Désiré Feuerle (Collector), Henry Little (Fine Art Group) and moderated by Luyang Jiang Hildebrandt (YT Media).

11:50 – 12:30: Panel 2: How to buy?  Investment and technology perspectives: This panel will explore how online technologies are impacting the art market and making art more accessible than ever before.  The discussion will also focus on the investment potential of collecting art. Speakers: Sophie Zhaofei Li (, Qinwen Wang (ArtWook), David Chau (Art021), Larry Zhu (Bain Consulting) and moderated by Jennifer Schipf (AXA XL).

12:30 – 13:20: Networking Lunch

Session II: How to be Creative? 

13:20 – 14:10: Panel I: Communicating creativity.  With the rise of social media, art can be viewed and appreciated by a truly global audience, but with this latest phenomenon there are challenges. How can the artist convey his/her concepts, ideas and visions, beyond just an image? How can you keep a potential future collector or visitor to your gallery interested beyond that initial view or click? This session will explore how content has once again become the talking point for the art industry and our speakers, all leaders in the fields of art journalism and communication, will share their insight and expertise on creating engaging and timely content in today’s global art world.  Speakers: Ellana Lee (CNN) and Carsten Recksik (frieze Magazine) and Alexander Forbes (Artsy) moderated by Luyang Jiang Hildebrandt (YT Media)

14:10 – 15:00:  Panel 2: Where Art Meets Creativity. Speakers: Mika Ninagawa (Artist), Jeff Chang (Collector, Singer) and Kylie Ying (Co-founder of ART021), moderated by XU Ning (Founder YT Media)

15:00-15:15: Networking Break

15:15 – 16:00: The New Museum Model for the Next Generation. Speakers: David Berliner (Brooklyn Museum), Nicole Ching (Museum 2050), moderated by Charles Changchen (YT Media)

16:00 – 16:15: Closing remarks: Conference Chair, Luyang Jiang Hildebrandt (Managing Partner / Chief Strategy Office YT Media)

16:15    Conference networking drinks