Talks Programme

London Art Fair is a great place to learn about art, with a daily programme of talks, tours, performances and interactive events offering market insight, stimulating thought and context to the art on show.

Have a look at what topics were discussed and delved into at London Art Fair 2017 below.


London Art Fair 2017

The forthcoming 2018 programme of talks will provide a timely review of the art market today, trends in photographic practice, building your art collection and more. Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest updates on the Fair’s programme of events as soon as we announce it.  




As part of Photography Focus Day 2017, London Art Fair hosted a selection of talks discussing the latest trends in photography and practice.

Made Together: participating and collaborating in photographic practice
Anthony Luvera, Baptiste Lignel, Melanie Manchot and Wendy McMurdo: four artists presenting work in London Art Fair 2017’s Photo50 exhibition ‘Gravitas’ discuss the importance of interaction, participation and collaboration between artist and subject in their lens-based practice. Chaired by Christiane Monarchi, the curator of ‘Gravitas’.
Catch up on the discussion here


Photoworks presents: Fashion Spreads – photography, fashion and cultural identity
Contributors to the latest issue of Photoworks Annual discuss photography, non-western style and photography’s role in global fashion. Speakers include Elizabeth Kutesko, writer and lecturer in dress history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Carol Tulloch, writer, curator and professor University of the Arts London and Annebella Pollen, Principal Lecturer in the History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton.
Catch up on the discussion here


Collecting Contemporary Photography in association with The Photographers’ Gallery
Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery chairs a discussion exploring current trends in the photography world and how to grow your contemporary collection. Panel members included Helen Trompeteler (Curator of Photography, Royal Collection Trust) and Christiane Monarchi (Founding Editor, Photomonitor and curator of this year’s Photo50 exhibition). Joining the discussion was Hannah Watson (Photobook specialist and Gallerist, Director of Trolley Books and TJ Boulting) and Nicholas Campbell (Founder of Narcissus Arts, specialising in under £10k art investment and a Forbes 30 under 30 in 2014), with insight into collecting photography from emerging artists, photobooks and starting a collection at affordable price points.
Catch up on the discussion here.


The Art Business Today,  in association with Lund Humphries 
Iain Robertson, Head of Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, chairs a debate around the current state of international art business, reflecting on emerging trends, new opportunities, and the sector’s future in the wake of Brexit and the Trump vote. With Yasmin Railton, Jeffrey Boloten and Melanie Gerlis. 
Catch up on the discussion here

The Economy of Museum Loans, in association with The Ingram Collection
The loan of works from private collectors to public institutions exists now on a larger scale than ever before. Jo Baring (Director, The Ingram Collection) talks to collectors Valeria Napoleone and Tim Sayer discussing the current infrastructure that exists to facilitate partnerships between public institutions and private collectors across the UK with chair Georgina Adam (Art Market Editor-at-Large, The Art Newspaper and Art Market Contributor, The Financial Times). 
Catch up on the discussion here

Iniva presents: Women’s work? Artists in conversation
Intergenerational discussion between artists, presented on Iniva’s Art Projects stand, offering overlapping perspectives at the intersection of race, gender and politics. Chaired by Althea Greenan with artists Joy Gregory, Sutapa Biswas, Mary Evans, Marine Williams and Sinta Tantra.
Catch up on the discussion here.  

Internationalism Through Art – How art can flatten the world 
With 2016 seeing a rise of Nationalist sentiment across the world, this talk will look at the ways in which the art world is capable, or otherwise, of crossing cultural and geographic boundaries. Chaired by Farah Nayeri, culture writer for the New York Times, with Art Projects 2017 curator Miguel Amado, Artsy’s Legacy Russell and gallerist Guido Maus.
Catch up on the discussion here.  


Iniva presents: Care and Concern – supporting contemporary women artists 
Exploring methods of support for women’s art practice from the multiple perspectives of collecting, curating and philanthropy. With speakers Eliza Gluckman, curator and Director at Day+Gluckman, Nadja Romain, journalist, curator and special advisor to the Women for Women International, Stella Bottai, programme curator at the Stanley Picker Gallery, and chair Melanie Keen, Director for Iniva.
Catch up on the discussion here

Public Galleries: Art Outside of London, in association with The Lightbox
The UK prides itself on its museums, galleries and ease of access to culture and the arts all across the country. With funding cuts now becoming a reality for many important regional museums, this panel looks at traditional and alternative funding models, the importance of core collections and the support you can offer public institutions nationwide to ensure their survival and continuing access to arts and heritage outside of the capital. Chaired by Marilyn Scott (Director, The Lightbox, Woking) with speakers Simon Wallis (Director, The Hepworth Wakefield), Sarah Philip (Director of Programmes, Art Fund) and Tim Craven (Curator, Southampton City Art Gallery).
Catch up on the discussion here

Sculpture Today – A Conversation in association with Lund Humphries
Writer and broadcaster Michael Bird (author of books on sculptors George Fullard and Lynn Chadwick) will chair a discussion about the changing definition of sculpture since the post-war period, and its appeal and status today. Featuring artist Richard Wentworth, Polly Bielecka, Gallery Director at Pangolin London, and Melissa Hamnett, Curator of Sculpture at the V&A.
Catch up on the discussion here

Making the Most of Your Art Collection: Catalogues, Loans and Displays, in association with Masstone 
There is a big difference between buying art and building an art collection. Gain an insight into the management of private art collections whether you are a seasoned collector or first time buyer, find out how to envision and plan the management and growth of your investment in art.
Catch up on the discussion here.  


Photoworks Presents: Desert Island Pics – Karen Knorr 
Born in Germany, raised in Sao Paolo and educated in Paris and London, the charismatic photographer Karen Knorr says she has always felt like an outsider. Karen will reveal her eight desert island image choices and discuss how they reflect her life and career with regular Desert Island Pics host Stephen Bull.
Catch up on the discussion here

Starting a Collection, in association with Own Art
Own Art hosts this panel discussion designed to support first time buyers in navigating the art world and make starting an art collection a little less daunting. They will talk though the first steps, options for buying and how to make it more affordable. Chaired by Stephanie Allen (Head of Business Development, Creative United/Own Art), the panel comprises of Katherine Oliver (Art Sales Programme Curator, Royal Academy of Arts), Julia Alvarez (Director, BEARSPACE) and Dario Illari (Director, Jealous Gallery).
Catch up on the discussion here

Modern British Art and the Idea of Europe, in association with Apollo
With the UK on the verge of dissolving its political union with Europe, what can British art tell us about the cultural links between this island and the continent? How have the places, pleasures, and politics of Europe inspired modern and contemporary British artists, and how have those artists contributed to the European tradition? Is modern British art more international than has often been considered? And will it look more or less so in the future? Chaired by Thomas Marks, editor of Apollo. With panel speakers Simon Martin at Creative Director of Pallant House Gallery, Dr Jonathan Black, Senior Research Fellow at Kingston University and curator of ‘War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917–18’ at the Estorick Collection, and Grant Foster, artist and Rome Fellow in Contemporary Art at British School of Rome.  
Catch up on the discussion here

Images of Youth – who calls the shots? In association with PhotoVoice 
Are photographers’ images representative of the stories that young people themselves want to tell? Join award winning participatory charity PhotoVoice, photographers Michelle Sank and Aliyah Otchere, Christiane Monarchi and Jack Lundie, Director of Communications at Oxfam to find out.
Catch up on the discussion here