Talks & Tours

London Art Fair’s programme of daily talks, tours, workshops and performances provide a timely review of the art market today, trends in photographic practice, 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.

The London Art Fair 2019 programme of talks, tours, and workshops was curated by Merve Sulun.

Browse the programme below and look out for our announcement of our 2020 programme ahead of our Fair.



10.30 – 11.45am 
Future Visions: A decade on from major investment in regional galleries (INVITE ONLY)

How are the wave of large-scale regional galleries commissioned in the mid 2000’s continued to thrive in changing financial and social climate and have the culture-led regeneration agenda been realised on a local level? What is the changing models for these galleries and how do they remain relevant on a local, national and international level. What are the different approaches that were assumed and how have they survived and changed today? The discussion was led  Joe Hill, Director, Towner Gallery, Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary Margate, Sally Shaw, Director, Firstsite Colchester, and Simon Wallis, Director, Hepworth Wakefield.


12 – 1.15pm 
Going behind the scenes for curatorial care (INVITE ONLY)

What are the concerns around conservation in heritage and modern collections? How can technology enable better care and display? What are the considerations for artists, curators and gallerists to display exhibitions in a safe and cost-effective way?
This discussion included Cristina Alfonsin, Collection Manager for Rothschild Foundation, for the collection displayed at Waddesdon Manor and Spencer House, Andrew Molyneux, Co-Founder, TM Lighting, Matthew Travers, Director, Piano Nobile, and Corinne Farmer, Conservator, Towner Gallery. Chaired by Florence Hallett, Writer for the Arts Desk and Apollo and  Jan Navratil, Business Director, Art & Valuable Assets at Veracity Protocol.

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Reimagining Residencies: Catalysing creativity to disrupt cultural spaces

How do artists and designers in residence create meaningful value and experiences for themselves and the environments they inhabit?
What can practitioners do to both enhance and positively disrupt cultural organisations and galleries?
Where are the challenges?
Join the V&A and a panel of past and present residents from both in and outside the museum’s residency programme for a discussion on how artist residents work with museums and galleries, collaborate across departments like learning and research, and unlock historical collections to inform and further artistic practice.
Speakers included: Rachel Feldman, VARI Project Management Officer, Aqui Thami, Artist, academic and activist, current (VARI) Artist in Resident, Rachel Ara, Data and Conceptual Artist, currrent (Digital) Artist in Residence V&A, Kevin Hayley, Co-Founder & Director of Aberrant Architecture, previous Designer in Residence V&A, and Laura Hudson, Artist & Curator, previous Artist in Residence Col.Arts lab. Chaired by Jennifer Sturrock, V&A Residency Programme Manager

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Considering new arts models and spaces: popups, fairs, collaborations

What are the new gallery and arts venue models and spaces of the future? This panel focused on the trend of popups, fairs and collaborations, with insight from some of Switzerland and the UK’s most exciting art spaces. The discussion centred on questions including:
What makes a great arts venue?
What are some of the similarities and distinctions between the two compared cultures?
How does a gallery encourage new visitors to engage with its work?
What are some of the less traditional forms of engagement such as those signing up to get their hair cut while looking at art? 
Speakers included: Olivia Wiederkehr, visual artist and member of the board of Ausstellungsraum Klingental Basel, Guillaume Pilet, curator and co-founder of Tunnel Tunnel Lausanne, Daniel Kelly, Director DKUK LondonDaniel Norie, Founder of Light Eye MindChaired by Amber Massie Blomfield, arts producer and author.

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7 – 8pm
How money talks – The critical relationship between art and finance

The panel considered viewpoints from the art market, curator and both political and financial theory. They deconstructed themes and terms including what ‘value’ means in relation to creativity and the role of money in a post-quantitative easing world, where government and banks printing sums of money to buy bonds have become a common occurrence. Contributors discussed property prices driving artists from traditional hubs to new areas; the art markets of the BRICS nations (and whether they have lived up to expectations); and how artists have used their art to reflect, understand and critique the machinations of high finance. This talk provided references to both visual art and cinema, which are important cultural forms of understanding the relationship between art and finance today.
With Professor Terrell Carver, Political Theorist and analyst of gender politics at the University of Bristol, Mick Finch, artist and academic at Central Saint Martins, Roman Vasseur, artist, curator, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Kingston, Stephanie Dieckvoss, Senior Director and Course Director at Kingston University, David Cross, artist, and Reader at the University of the Arts, London, and Oliver Smith Artist, Designer, Developer and Academic. Chaired by Larry McGinity, Artist, Art Historian and creator of the Art as a Derivative (AaaD) concept.

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12 – 1pm
The radical gesture: Articulating invisible histories through mark making

Artists Jade Montserrat and Beverley Bennett discussed their practice in conversation with curator Adelaide Bannerman. How are immaterial and invisible histories articulated through the gestures of mark making? What roles do research and performance play in this practice?
Moderated by Adelaide Bannerman, curator.

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1.30 – 2.30pm
Speaking to the community: How is the gallery & museum model responding to now?

Galleries, museums and new spaces for art can be seen responding to a tightening world with shaping and sharing their spaces as a way to see the world and better connect with communities and audiences. How are spaces maintaining relevancy for audiences? What are the considerations of making art more accessible? How is digital complementing audience outreach to best serve the gallery model? What are the struggles of maintaining a business in today art market (galleries, museums, auction houses)?
With Alexander Caspari, Director of Encounter Contemporary, Calum Hall, Founder, Creative Debuts, Roberta Cremoncini, Director, Estorick collection, Kathlene Fox-Davies, Co-founder, Black Box Projects, Tina Ziegler, Director of Moniker Art Fair. Chaired by Gemma Rolls Bentley, Artsy.

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2.45 – 3.45pm
Performing the Digital: Approaches to collecting and acquiring new art forms

What are the new acquisition models to collecting digital art and performance on film for galleries and collectors? What are the opportunities of digital media in allowing galleries to continue to work internationally in a post-Brexit Britain? How are collections being made for an imagined future?
With Dr. Ilaria Puri Purini, Curator of Programmes at CASDr Charlotte Frost, Executive Director, Furtherfield, Rachel Ara, Artist in Residence, V&ASara Cooper, Head of Collections, Towner Gallery. Chaired by Rose Lejeune, curator and researcher.

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4.15 -5.15pm
Art from Latin America Now: New perspectives in the age of internationalism

The revaluation of hegemonic narratives has been at the forefront of art historical debates since the turn of the new century. Within this context, the work of several pioneering artists from Latin America has been widely incorporated into the accepted canon and systematically exhibited in some of the world’s most renowned institutions. Against this backdrop, a younger generation have come up, increasingly working in today’s global circuit. This panel discussion presented a historical overview of Latin American art’s ‘international turn’ and offered different perspectives on its current position in the art world from the point of view of professionals committed to supporting art from Latin America. Explored in different capacities, cultivating coexistence through transnational networks and collaborative approaches.
With, Catherine Petitgas, Art Historian, Collector, Chair of Tate International Council, Chair of Gasworks Triangle Network, artist Pablo Accinelli, Alessio Antoniolli, Director, Gasworks, and Dr Isobel Whitelegg, Curator and Director of Postgraduate Research at the University of Leicester. Chaired by Kiki Mazzuchelli, Independent curator, Dialogues, Art Projects 2019, Marcelo Brodsky, Rolf Art.

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Artist Talk: Imagining other worlds with Simone Albers (Art Gallery O-68)

Join Simone Albers for a personal discussion into the visual artist’s collage-like paintings and drawings exploring the natural world, cosmos and landscapes, creating new layered and fragmented images combined with geometric and abstract shapes.
In conversation with Louise Benson, Deputy-Editor of Elephant magazine

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12 – 1pm
Photoworks Presents: Blurred Borders

How does the personal merge with the political in contemporary photography? Join Tereza Červeňová and Robin Maddock as they discuss their ongoing projects, both of which address the current political moment of flux as Britain leaves the EU and attempts to redefine its position in Europe. Červeňová’s June, an autobiographical response to the 2016 EU referendum and Maddock’s Nothing We Can’t Fix by Running Away, a long-term project attempting to shape an egalitarian portrait of England were both exhibited in the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial ‘A New Europe’. The conversation was chaired by Shoair Mavlian, Director, Photoworks.

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1.15 – 2.30pm
Who’s looking at the family, now?

London Art Fair 2019’s Photo50 exhibition Who’s looking at the family, now? brings together fourteen artists whose work engages with some fundamental questions about family life, its dynamics and complexity. Curator Tim Clark joined by artists Poulomi Basu, Matt Finn, David Moore and Trish Morrissey from the exhibition for a discussion on the various approaches to the subject and the subsequent questions that are addressed within the featured projects.

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3 –4pm
Destroyed Architecture in Photography – Historical documents preserving (the memory of) the past or indulging aesthetics of decay?

Destroyed or decayed architecture occupies a popular place in the genre spectrum of photography. Is it an antidote to the fast moving world we live in to go into reverse gear and visually reflect on what the past looks like when confronted with the future? The fascination to freeze and maintain for posterity a moment in the life of abandoned or ruined buildings can pursue very diverse paths. These will be explored in discussion in their production and value as maintaining a historical record for documentary purposes, to the more indulgent experience of aesthetics of decay and what it means to create, display and collect these today. Chaired by Stephan Schmid, Albumen Gallery, with Fabiano Parisi represented by Cynthia Corbett GalleryFrancesca Perry, Deputy Editor at Blueprint and Rodrigo Orrantia, Art historian and curator.

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4.15 – 5.15pm
Family Photography Now and Then 

Following on from The Photographers’ Gallery  2016/17 project Family Photography Now, Director, Brett Rogers led a discussion on how we capture our changing families through photography. The panel included Bindi Vora, Curatorial Project Manager at Autograph alongside photographers Trish Morrissey and Jonny Briggs.

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5.30 – 6.30pm
Curating archives and representation in photography

 Looking at the importance of curating representation in photography as a living archive, listen to this discussion on who decides what’s important to keep and discard in our visual archives; directing a lens into the corridor between the subjectivity and politics of context. How do gallerists, artists and collectors retain an archive? How pertinent is the asset value mindset for collectors and galleries in deciding what to preserve? What is the importance and reinvigoration of archives for showcasing a version of the past whilst commentating and re-imagining our presence through photography? Chaired by Sunil Shah, artist and writer based in Oxford, with Rebecca Mcclelland, curator at Breaking Barriers, Tamsin Silvey, Programme Curator for Historic England, and Kaia Charles, Cultural Projects Manager at Now Gallery and Greenwich Peninsula.

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12 – 12.45pm Artist talk: Tom Hammick Printmaking (Flowers Gallery)

Listen to Tom Hammick for a personal discussion into the artist’s print editions, monotypes and tapestries, in conversation with Joe Hill, Director or Towner Gallery for a discussion into the role of prints as an entry point into collecting and curating art.

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1.15 – 2.15pm
How to be an early Patron: Emerging Artists and going beyond the Art Market

How key is consistency to an artist’s 5 year practice of emergence? How does the art market establish, recognise or limit emerging artists and to what extent does this effects collectors sensibilities? Is collecting emerging artists as an entry point into collecting at odds with safer options of collecting established artists prints? How are galleries hybridising their collections and cultivating new artists to shift considerations of value?
With Fred Mann, Gallery Director, New Art Projects, Susan Mumford, Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive, Creative United. Chaired by Süreyya Wille, Artsy.

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2.30 – 3.30pm
Modern British art and photography

How were modern British artists influenced by photography and what have photographers taken from modern British art? Many artists in the 20th century were fascinated by what aerial photography revealed about archaeology and the landscape, for instance. What other kinds of artistic discoveries has the medium led to – and how do painting and photography co-exist today?
David Boyd Haycock is a freelance art historian, author, curator and lecturer. His books include Paul Nash and A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War. He is working on a biography of Augustus John. Peter Hall is the exhibitions manager of the Lightbox in Woking, Surrey, and curator of, ‘Woman in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers’ Chaired by Fatema Ahmed, deputy editor of Apollo.

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4 – 5pm
Drawing as Praxis: The reinvention of drawing

Expanded ideas of drawing and representation of line and form has shifted dramatically since the 1960s. Increasingly, drawing intersects with other art forms such as performance, moving image and sculpture, questioning the primacy of one form over the other. How does an evolving understanding of drawing relate to the ways in which an artist’s body of work is contextualised and collected?
Chaired by Melanie Keen, Director/Chief Curator, Iniva with guest speakers.

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5.15 – 6pm
A new canon in fine art? Redefining and collecting ceramics

Can ceramics be defined as design objects? How is ceramics increasingly becoming a sophisticated medium as an entry point into collecting through convergence of craft and design? How are ceramists pairing their work as objects of interior, art and value?
Chaired by Isobelle Bolt from Artsy, with Marijke Varrall-Jones, Director, MaakTom Kemp artist and Claire Pearce, Director of Thrown Gallery in conversation.

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6.15 – 7pm
Painting occasional eureka: Revisiting Paul Feiler and the St Ives School

Painting, said Paul Feiler, is ‘precarious, troublesome, anxious-making’. And yet – just occasionally – it produces ‘a wonderful sense of eureka’. In this illustrated talk, with audio extracts from an interview with Feiler, writer and broadcaster Michael Bird explored the artist’s life and work that contributed to the modern and abstract British Art scene from the 1940s to the 60s; drawing on Feiler’s relationship with contemporaries among the St Ives School including Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton and Bryan Wynter. For all these artists – in different ways – painting was an intense process of self-discovery.

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1 – 4pm
Interactive education workshops with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

An exciting drop-in, interactive workshop, as part of our education programme, inspired by Parasol unit‘s forthcoming exhibition on Korean artist Hyon Gyon. Using a range of mixed media and techniques, participants were encouraged to explore the meaning of ‘expressionism’ and create a collaborative multi-layered, large-scale mural in the tradition of the art. All ages were welcome to attend.