Wednesday 17 January 2024
3.30 - 4.30pm Talks Theatre, Business Design Centre, Islington


Jo Lawson-Tancred, Art Journalist, Artnet


Margherita Barbagallo, Head of Litigation, IP and Art Law, Dragon Argent

Professor Mick Grierson, Research Leader at UAL Creative Computing Institute

Luba Elliott, Curator and researcher specialising in AI art  

Jo Lawson-Tancred, Art Journalist and author of “AI and the Art Market” due to be published by Lund Humphries in 2024, leads a panel discussion on artificial intelligence (AI) and the art market. This panel will ask; How can collectors and galleries support artists working with AI? What kind of market is there and is it growing? How can we sort good AI art from gimmicks, and what are the complications and the legal challenges of making, selling, and buy art that uses AI? The panel will also discuss whether AI is reshaping business practices, and with the increase of data, what cultural changes should we be prepared for long term?   

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Jo Lawson-Tancred is an art journalist who is currently working as a news reporter at Artnet News. She has also written for Apollo, the Guardian and the Financial Times. She is currently working on a book titled “AI and the Art Market” that will be published by Lund Humphries in 2024.  

Margherita is a dual-qualified lawyer in the UK and Canada. She is the Head of Litigation, IP & Art Law at Dragon Argent, a firm specialised in advising tech and SME businesses. Her clientele includes artists, galleries, investors and tech businesses, whom she advises on art-related matters, commercial and digital transactions and intellectual property. Her expertise in art and technology has led to a number of speaking engagements on this topic, including the ARCA (Association for Research into Crimes) Art Crime Conference and the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM) Annual Conference. Margherita is a member of PAIAM and Committee Member of PING, PAIAM’s International Next Generation (PING). 

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Luba Elliott is a curator and researcher specialising in AI art. She works to educate and engage the broader public about the recent developments in AI art through talks and exhibitions at venues across the art, business and technology spectrum including The Serpentine Galleries, arebyte, ZKM, V&A Museum, Impakt Festival, CogX and NeurIPS. Her recent projects include the Unit London exhibition ‘The Perfect Error’ and the ART-AI Festival in Leicester, UK. She founded the NeurIPS Creativity and Design Workshop and curated the online galleries and She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence. Prior to that, she worked in start-ups, including the art collector database Larry’s List. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge. 

Mick Grierson is Research Leader at UAL Creative Computing Institute. His research explores new approaches to the creation of sounds, images, video and interactions through signal processing, machine learning and information retrieval techniques. Hardware and software based on his research has been widely used by world leading production companies, tech start-ups and artists including the BBC, Channel 4, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Christian Marclay, Martin Creed, Jai Paul and many others.


He led the first BSc programmes in Creative Computing in the UK, and the first creative programming MOOC in the world, with over 250,000 learners. Work by his students and research group was instrumental in the development of the field known as Creative AI. He was Principal Investigator on the £1million Artificial Intelligence project MIMIC, a partnership between Durham University, Sussex University, Goldsmiths College, and Google’s Project Magenta, and is currently CO-I on the AHRC’s Transforming Collections project (£3million, led by Susan Pui San Lok). He was the Academic Research Lead for the £1million 2018-2020 Wellcome Trust Hub, in collaboration with Heart n Soul, RCA Helen Hamlyn Centre and UCL CRAE, and Principal Investigator for the Institute of Coding’s £1.4 million Future Projects Fund Project, “Creative Solutions to Digital Transformation”, in collaboration with FutureLearn, Lancaster University, Goldsmiths College, and Nesta