Talks & Tours

London Art Fair’s programme of daily talks, tours and workshops provide a timely review of the art market today, trends and topics emerging within the contemporary art scene, tips on building your art collection, artist’s talks and more; presenting the perfect setting for both the experienced collector and new art-world enthusiast.

These events are free to attend for all visitors to the Fair.

 

WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY 2020 – TALKS

10.30am – 11.45am 
Building a collection: Funding, acquisitions and consultancy in regional museums
(By invitation only)

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.

Email liz.thornhill@upperstreetevents.co.uk to reserve your place.

12pm – 1.15pm 
Radical collecting: new approaches and contemporary museum models
(By invitation only)

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?
Speakers include 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.

Email liz.thornhill@upperstreetevents.co.uk to reserve your place.

2pm – 3pm

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.

Speakers include 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.

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3.30pm – 4.30pm

Setting standards: consensus and experimentation in art identification

The multiplicity of solutions to identify artworks and describe associated provenance often leads to inefficiencies and unsustainable practices across the art world. Duplication of efforts, incompatibility across systems, loss and distortion of information or asymmetric 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. Designed to stimulate audience participation, this panel brings together a diverse range of AIS consortium members.

With AIS representatives from Art Innovators Alliance, Art4Technologies, Artory, AxNA, Furtherfield and MoCDA. Chaired by Marianne Magnin, UK Managing Director of Arteïa.

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6.30pm – 7.30pm

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?

Speakers include author and researcher of The Future of the Art Market Report Lucy Rose Sollitt and Chief Executive of Creative United Mary-Alice Stack.

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WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY 2020 – TOURS

1pm – 1:45pm

Art Projects Tour

Led by Pryle Behrman

Art Projects Tours start from the Art Projects information desk

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2pm 2:15pm

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TAG Fine Arts will host an onsite talk with artist Adam Dant

Meeting point: TAG Fine Arts

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3pm 3:15pm

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Ed Cross will host an onsite talk with artist Cesar Cornejo

Meeting point: Ed Cross Fine Art

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4pm – 4:15pm

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Shtager Gallery will host an onsite talk with artists Marina Alekseeva and Alexandre Nuri, led by Denis Maksimov, Avenir Institute

Meeting point: Ed Cross Fine Art

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Thematic Tours

Led by London Art Fair Official Tours Partner Sotheby’s Institute of Art

6pm –  6:45pm

General Highlights tour

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6pm – 6:45pm

Modern British tour

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7pm – 7:45pm

Contemporary Art tour

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7pm – 7:45pm

Prints and Editions tour

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8pm – 8:45pm

Emerging Markets tour

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8pm – 8:45pm

Modern British tour

Experience a curated view of the fair with daily thematic highlight tours led by Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s students. Tours are 45mins long and start at the Fair Guide sales point by the ground floor entrance.

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THURSDAY 23 JANUARY 2020 – TALKS

1.30 – 2.15pm
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

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2.30 – 3.30pm

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.

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4.00 – 5.00pm

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.

Speakers include Wolf Lieser, Founder and Director of DAM Gallery, Damien Borowik creative coder, artist and lecturer at UAL and Melanie Lenz, Curator of Digital Art at V&A.

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5.30-6.30pm

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.

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THURSDAY 23 JANUARY 2020 – THURSDAY LATE

7pm – 8:30pm

Performance: Samantha Humphreys

Staged in the Screening Room

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7pm – 9pm

Rough Trade Musical Interlude

Our Thursday late partner, Rough Trade takes over the Photo50 café.

 

THURSDAY 23 JANUARY 2020 - TOURS

1pm 1:45pm

Art Projects Tour

Led by Pryle Behrman

Meeting point: Art Projects information desk

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2pm 2:15pm

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Crane Kalman Gallery will host an onsite talk with artist Jethro Buck

Meeting point: Crane Kalman Gallery

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3pm 3:15pm

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Artist John O’Carroll in conversation with Lucy Thorman, Director and Curator at Circle Contemporary 

Meeting point: Circle Contemporary

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4pm 4:15pm

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Artist Michael Speller in conversation with Luci Stephens, Head of Twentieth Century Art at Clarendon Fine Art

Meeting point: Clarendon Fine Art

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Thematic Tours

Led by London Art Fair Official Tours Partner Sotheby’s Institute of Art

6pm 6:45pm

Contemporary Art tour

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7pm 7:45pm

General Highlights tour

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7pm 7:45pm

Textiles tour

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8pm 8:45pm

Prints and Editions tour

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8pm 8:45pm

Modern British tour

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Experience a curated view of the fair with daily thematic highlight tours led by Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s students. Tours are 45mins long and start at the Fair Guide sales point by the ground floor entrance.

FRIDAY 24 JANUARY 2020 – TALKS

12pm – 1pm

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 fair audience to contribute to the conversation.

Speakers include photographer Marysa Dowling in a conversation chaired by artist, writer and educator Anthony Luvera, Associate Professor at Coventry University and editor of Photography For Whom?. 

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2:30pm – 3:30pm

Occupy the Void: Photo50 artist discussion

Join the artists of London Art Fair’s Photo50 exhibition. Occupy the Void is an inclusive exhibition, curated 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. 

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4pm – 5pm

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.

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5.30pm – 6.30pm

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. 

Speakers include Natasha Howes, Curator at Manchester Art Gallery and Laura Noble, Director of L A Noble Gallery and Curator of Photo50 at London Art Fair.

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FRIDAY 24 JANUARY 2020 – TOURS

2pm 2:45pm

Photomonitor Photography Tour

Led by Christiane Monarchi, Founding Editor of Photomonitor

Meeting point: Fair Guide sales point by the ground floor entrance.

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5pm 5:45pm

Photomonitor Photography Tour

Led by Christiane Monarchi, Founding Editor of Photomonitor

Meeting point: Fair Guide sales point by the ground floor entrance.

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Thematic Tours

Led by London Art Fair Official Tours Partner Sotheby’s Institute of Art

6pm 6:45pm

Photography tour

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7pm 7:45pm

Photography tour

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8pm 8:45pm

Photography tour

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Experience a curated view of the fair with daily thematic highlight tours led by Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s students. Tours are 45mins long and start at the Fair Guide sales point by the ground floor entrance.

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 2020 – TALKS

12pm – 1pm

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?

A conversation chaired by Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum and judge of the Architecture Drawing Prize.

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2.30pm – 3.30pm

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 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.

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4pm – 5pm

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 Rosemary Shirley, Director of Parafin Gallery Ben Tufnell and artist Rachel Pimm. Chaired by Gabrielle Schwarz, Web Editor at Apollo.

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6:30pm – 7:30pm

Threaded Focus: Textile art from the 60s to now

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, and Caron Penny, artist and founder of Weftfaced and Lotte Crawford, Assistant Curator of UNBOUND exhibition at Two Temple Place. Chaired by Platform curator Candida Stevens, Director at Candida Stevens Gallery.

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SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 2020 – TOURS

1pm 1:45pm

Art Projects Tour

Led by Pryle Behrman

Meeting point: Art Projects information desk

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2pm 2:15pm

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Waterhouse & Dodd will host an onsite talk with artist Clive Head

Meeting point: Waterhouse & Dodd

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3pm 3:15pm

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Elizabeth Xi Bauer will host an onsite talk with artist Theodore Ereira-Guyer

Meeting point: Elizabeth Xi Bauer

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4pm 4:15pm

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White Conduit Projects will host an onsite talk with artist Elena Gileva

Meeting point: White Conduit Projects

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Thematic Tours

Led by London Art Fair Official Tours Partner Sotheby’s Institute of Art

12pm 12:45pm

General Highlights tour

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1pm 1:45pm

Prints and Editions tour

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2pm 2:45pm

Emerging Markets tour

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3pm 3:45pm

Contemporary Art tour

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4pm 4:45pm

Modern British tour

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5pm 5:45pm

Textiles tour

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6pm 6:45pm

Modern British tour

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Experience a curated view of the fair with daily thematic highlight tours led by Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s students. Tours are 45mins long and start at the Fair Guide sales point by the ground floor entrance.

SUNDAY 26 JANUARY 2020 – WORKSHOP

1pm – 4pm
Interactive photographic workshops with PEER UK and artist Devinya Thomas

An exciting drop-in, interactive workshop, using camera-less photographic processes such as pinhole photography as part of our education programme, inspired by arts charity PEER UK’s local audience programme and led by artist Devinya Thomas and PEER Ambassadors. All ages welcome, children to be accompanied by an adult.

Devinya Thomas is a photographic artist and PEER Ambassador based in Hackney. Her work explores themes centred around black female identity and their relationship with hair, as well as cultural identity through found objects and family archives. Thomas previously conducted her camera-less photographic workshop at Standpoint Gallery. 

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SUNDAY 26 JANUARY 2020 – TOURS

1pm 1:45pm

Art Projects Tour

Led by Pryle Behrman

Meeting point: Art Projects information desk

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2pm 2:15pm

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Kittoe Contemporary will host an onsite talk with artist Jess Quinn

Meeting point: Kittoe Contemporary

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Thematic Tours

Led by London Art Fair Official Tours Partner Sotheby’s Institute of Art

 

12pm 12:45pm

Modern British tour

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1pm 1:45pm

General Highlights tour

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2pm 2:45pm

Emerging Markets tour

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3pm 3:45pm

Contemporary Art tour

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4pm 4:45pm

Modern British tour

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Experience a curated view of the fair with daily thematic highlight tours led by Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s students. Tours are 45mins long and start at the Fair Guide sales point by the ground floor entrance.