LONDON ART FAIR’S 2021 TALKS PROGRAMME
London Art Fair’s programme of talks provide a timely review of the art market today, presenting the perfect setting for both the experienced collector and new art-world enthusiast.
The programme consists of; trends and topics emerging within the contemporary art scene, tips on building your art collection, artist’s talks and more.
Our highly regarded programme of talks, workshops and panels will be moving online for 2021. London Art Fair will be hosting a series of curated talks, panel discussions, studio tours, in depth insight to the Art Fair world in the lead up and during the Fair. Tickets for digital events will be announced later in the year and available to book online.
CATCH UP ON THE 2020 DISCUSSIONS
London Art Fair welcomes you to join the discussion with all talks available to listen to below, whether you missed an event on the day or would like to enjoy again all the topics can be discovered at your finger tips.
BUILDING A COLLECTION: FUNDING, ACQUISITIONS AND CONSULTANCY IN REGIONAL MUSEUMS
Join us for a conversation which explores the unique history of Southampton City Art Gallery’s collection and questions the models of funding and acquisition available to regional galleries. We ask: what are the curatorial responsibilities associated with sustaining and building a collection over time; and how might other institutions, organisations and charities assist with this process? With Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) Susanna Avery-Quash and Curatorial Trainee Jemma Craig from The National Gallery, Christine Takengny, Senior Curator of Museum Acquisitions at Contemporary Art Society, Eleanor McGrath, Head of Grants at Art Fund and artist Guy Moreton. Chaired by Clare Mitchell, Curator of Art at Southampton City Art Gallery.
RADICAL COLLECTING: NEW APPROACHES AND CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM MODELS
Our panelists discuss the ways in which museums are adapting to support changing artistic practice and cultural shifts as well as new technologies and non-object based design. How might new collecting practices be developed in our museums to respond to our contemporary context and how might curators approach the display and mediation of these acquisitions? With Corinna Gardner, Senior Curator of Design and Digital and Head of Rapid Response Collection at V&A, Glyn Davies, Head of Curatorial at Museum of London and Sinéad McCarthy Contemporary Curator at Geffrye Museum of the Home. Chaired by Liz Thornhill, Creative Programmer at London Art Fair and Assistant Curator of Events and Special Projects at Sir John Soane’s Museum.
LIVING WITH ART: COLLECTING THE INTERIOR
In this panel we consider collecting for the home and the synergy between artworks and the spaces they inhabit outside of a gallery context. With Caroline Milns, Founder of Zulufish and British Institute of Interior Design Member, Vivienne Roberts, Founder and Creative Director at Aleph Contemporary and Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi, Director at JGM GALLERY. Chaired by Harriet Forde, President of the British Institute of Interior Design.
SETTING STANDARDS: CONSENSUS AND EXPERIMENTATION IN ART IDENTIFICATION
With multiple solutions to identify artworks and describe associated provenance, inefficiencies and unsustainable practices abound across the art world. Duplication of efforts, incompatibility across systems and loss or distortion of information are some of the key pitfalls. The Art Identification Standard (AIS) consortium was born out of this vision: to build an industry wide standard for artwork identification. In a panel designed to stimulate audience participation, join our speakers to discuss how a universal framework of standards could streamline the underlying matter of provenance amongst many other benefits. With René Gimpel, art dealer and AIS representatives Georg Bak from 4ARTechnologies and Senera Tabacchi from MoCDA. Chaired by Marianne Magnin, UK Managing Director of Arteïa.
SYMBIOSIS: ART IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
How do art, scientific research and technology influence each other and in what ways are the ideas generated at their intersection changing the cultural and scientific landscapes of both Switzerland and the UK? This panel explores the synergies between artistic practice, scientific research and innovations in technology. We ask: how might artists and designers work together to promote and advance new inventions; how might curators display and commission scientific innovation; and what new organisations, cultural centers and awards are being created to support these increasingly intertwined ecosystems of art, science and technology? With Monica Bello from Arts at CERN, CH, David Colombini, founder of INT and member of Fragmentin, CH, Dr Katy Barrett, Curator of Art Collections at the Science Museum, UK and Sarah Cook, founding curator of LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery, curator of NEoN Digital Arts Festival, and curator of 24/7 at Somerset House, UK. Chaired by Carla Rapoport, Founder of the Lumen Prize for Art & Technology, UK.
WHAT WILL THE UK CONTEMPORARY ART MARKET LOOK LIKE IN 2030?
The Future of the Art Market Report surveys the significant changes that have occurred in the contemporary art market over the past 15 years. Commissioned and published by Creative United in November 2019 in partnership with Arteïa, Creative Scotland and DACS, the report explores the dominant issues and trends that are likely to have an impact on the size and shape of the market in the decades to come. In this panel, we discuss: what are the forces and tensions shaping the art market ecosystem today; who is benefitting in the current art market; and should we still participate or seek new ways to operate? With Lucy Rose Sollitt, writer, curator and author of the Future of the Art Market Report, Anders Petterson, Founder & MD of ArtTactic, Terry Smith, Director of Venice Agendas and artist Jade Montserrat. Chaired by Chief Executive of Creative United Mary-Alice Stack.
ARTIST CITIES: FOUNDATIONS FOR URBAN CREATIVITY
Venice, Jaipur, Paris, Sante Fe, Berlin, Hong Kong; some cities simple crackle with creative frisson. Whether building upon a rich artistic tradition and historic sites of creativity, or developing a thriving counter-culture in an unexpected setting, many international urban centres support a thriving artistic community. We ask: what makes an artist city; which international hotspots support creativity; and why does artistic production flourish in certain environments, against all odds? Join our panel of art historians and destination specialists from Audley Travel as they consider unique locations across the globe and the perfect conditions for supporting artistic talent, community and innovation. With Victoria Leader, visual artist and India specialist, Heather Robinson, art historian/lecturer and Italy specialist and Fenella Murtagh, Central American specialist from Audley Travel. Chaired by Maeve Doyle, Curator, Artistic Director of Maddox Gallery and BBC Radio‘s Art Correspondent.
PAT DOUTHWAITE: THE SCOTTISH GALLERY PRESENTS THE COLOURFUL CAREER OF A CELEBRATED ARTIST
Glasgow born artist Pat Douthwaite studied mime and modern dance with Margaret Morris, before J. D. Fergusson encouraged her to paint. This important influence apart, Douthwaite was self-taught. The artist lived in Suffolk alongside artists Scots Colquhoun and MacBryde, and William Crozier and travelled widely, to N. Africa, India, Peru, Venezuela, Nepal, Pakistan, Ecuador and lived part time in Majorca from 1969. The artist died in 2002, leaving behind a rich legacy of work, at once naive and intellectually loaded, personal but resonating with cultural references. A conversation with Guy Peploe Director at The Scottish Gallery
PLAYTIME: EXPLORING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN WORK AND LEISURE
The proliferation of smartphone technologies, freelance economy culture and remote connectivity has impacted artistic practice and audiences alike. In response to London Art Fair’s Screening Room theme, Playtime, speakers debate the positive and negative impacts on artists and art workers in a contemporary society where switching off and opting out is becoming almost impossible. With Pryle Behrman, Screening Room and Art Projects Curator at London Art Fair, Arjun Harrison-Mann and Ben Cain, Founders of design practice Studio Hyte, artist and Course Scheme Manager of BA Contemporary Art and Design at Writtle University College Samantha Humphreys and Sarah Cook, Professor of Museum Studies in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow and curator of 24/7 exhibition at Somerset House.
GET WITH THE PROGRAM: DAM GALLERY PRESENT CODE-BASED ART
This panel spans the full range of algorithmic, programmed and code-based art, from the pioneers of self-programmed, computer-generated plotter drawings, to the first net artists and today’s offspring of digital natives with interactive virtual art. Led by DAM Gallery Director Wolf Lieser, our speakers consider the legacies and contemporary dialogues surrounding code-based artistic practice. With Melanie Lenz, Curator of Digital Art at V&A, Damien Borowik creative coder, artist and lecturer at UAL, artist Anna Ridler and Frieder Nake, mathematician, computer scientist and pioneer of computer art. Chaired by Wolf Lieser, Founder and Director of DAM Gallery.
THREADED FOCUS: COLLECTING TEXTILES
Join industry experts as they discuss the growing interest in textile-based practice, market changes and the textile artists and collections to be inspired by. Speakers include Agnieszka Prendota, Creative Director at Arusha Gallery and Juliana Cavaliero, co-founder of Cavaliero Finn. Chaired by Platform curator Candida Stevens, Director at Candida Stevens Gallery.
COLLABORATE: A CELEBRATION OF SOCIALLY-ENGAGED, MULTI-AUTHORED PHOTOGRAPHIC PRACTICES
This talk considers the ethics, methodologies and reworkings of socially engaged photography and collaborative practice. Using an experimental panel model, our speakers attempt to break down accepted dichotomies and narrow histories in photography to consider artists using collaborative, multi-authored and participatory techniques. We consider the responsibility of representation, the ethics of engagement and politics of participation while encouraging the audience to contribute to the conversation. With photographers Marysa Dowling, Rosy Martin and Becky Warnock in a conversation chaired by artist, writer and educator Anthony Luvera, Associate Professor at Coventry University and editor of Photography For Whom?
OCCUPY THE VOID: PHOTO50 ARTIST DISCUSSION
Join the artists of London Art Fair’s Photo50 exhibition. Occupy the Void is an inclusive panel discussion, chaired by Laura Noble, presenting both established names and early-career artists, all of which are female and over the age of 50. Although 85% of women studying photography at university are women, only 15% of the industry is female. This talk, along with the Photo50 exhibition, provides a platform for a diverse group of artists who are commonly underrepresented in the cultural dialogue, and offers them the opportunity to reclaim their space in photography. With Kim Shaw, photographer and Director of Photofusion in London, Miranda Gavin, freelance writer, photographer, blogger and educator, Samantha Brown, photographer and visual artist and photographer Wendy Aldiss. Chaired by Laura Noble, Director of L A Noble Gallery and Curator of Photo50 at London Art Fair.
WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS THROUGH THE LENS OF THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY
Join Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery for a panel discussion exploring the last 50 years of women in photography. Featuring Mari Mahr who had her first solo exhibition at the Gallery in the 1970s, Anna Fox who is Professor of Photography at UCA Farnham as well as a photographer who was a shortlisted for the 2010 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and Jessa Fairbrother a TPG Print Sales artist who’s work pushes the boundaries of photography as she frequently appears in her own images, piercing and embroidering them to employ process as action. Chaired by Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery.
OCCUPY! REGAINING TERRITORY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
This talk explores reclaiming space and visibility for female photographers within (and sometimes without) the contemporary art world. Join the curator of Photo50, Laura Noble, and representatives from a variety of institutions for a discussion surrounding responsibilities and activism in the fields of curating, collecting, awards, commissions and publishing. With Natasha Howes, Curator at Manchester Art Gallery, Sabina Jaskot-Gill, Curator of Photography at National Portrait Gallery and Emma Lewis, Assistant Curator of International Art at Tate. Chaired by Laura Noble, Director of L A Noble Gallery and Curator of Photo50 at London Art Fair.
ARCHITECTURE IN THE FRAME
Join a panel of curators, gallerists, architects and artists as they discuss the ways in architecture is collected, commissioned and curated in a museum, gallery or competition context. We explore developing technologies across hand-drawn, hybrid and digital drawing, and ask: how might our contemporary understanding of architectural practice shape the way in which we approach the display of architectural art and design, as well as its collection? With artist Ben Johnson, Jason Parker, Director at MAKE Architects and Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum and judge of the Architecture Drawing Prize. Chaired by Liz Thornhill, Creative Programmer at London Art Fair.
THE ART OF HAPPINESS: STEVE MACLEOD AND HOSPITAL ROOMS IN CONVERSATION
Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that commission world class artists to work with inpatient mental health unit communities to transform their environments. Join photographer Steve Macleod as he speaks about his work with Hospital Rooms, the way in which his landscape photography translates emotional states through the lens, and the transformative nature of art as therapy. With artist Steve Macleod and founders of Hospital Rooms Tim A. Shaw and Niamh White. Chaired by Kathlene Fox-Davies, Co-Founder & Director of Black Box Projects.
APOLLO PRESENTS NATURE IN CULTURE: MODERN BRITISH ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT
In recent years, the climate crisis has grown impossible for society to ignore – and artists have often led the way in examining humanity’s relationship to our environment. This panel will look at how modern and contemporary artists in Britain have contributed to this tradition – from modernist rural landscapes to land art, to contemporary ecological art – and the questions their work has raised. What are the politics underlying the approaches of different works? How can changing contexts of display alter their meanings – and might these forms of art also be considered a type of research or activism? With academic Rosemary Shirley, Director of Parafin Gallery, Ben Tufnell and artist Rachel Pimm. Chaired by Gabrielle Schwarz, Web Editor at Apollo.
THREADED FOCUS: CONTEMPORARY MUSINGS ON THE HISTORY OF TEXTILE ART
Join a panel of artists, curators and craft experts as they unpick the various threads of textile art; exploring artistic legacies, new techniques and contemporary responses to this traditional practice. With Alice Kettle, artist and Professor of Textile Arts at Manchester School of Art, Caron Penney, artist and founder of textile atelier Weftfaced and Lotte Crawford, Assistant Curator of UNBOUND exhibition at Two Temple Place. Chaired by Platform curator Candida Stevens, Director at Candida Stevens Gallery.
Our highly regarded programme of talks, workshops and panels will be moving online for 2021. London Art Fair will be hosting a series of curated talks, panel discussions, studio tours, in depth insight to the Art Fair world in the lead up and during the Fair.
Tickets for digital events will be announced later in the year and available to book online.