To mark the 30th anniversary of the Christie's Education Trust as well as the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Christie’s auction house, Christie's Education hosted their inaugural Global Alumni Conference on Friday 23 September 2016 in London.
The conference was exclusively designed for Christie's Education Alumni to keep members informed of recent developments in various fields within the art world and is a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow alumni.
During the one-day conference, six sessions were held, with subjects ranging from collecting and connoisseurship to technology and Aphrodite’s sandals. Panel discussions attracted major figures from the art world and gave alumni the opportunity to discuss current and future developments both in the market and academia. In a panel on the intersection of art and technology, the massive undertaking of transporting Ai Wei Wei’s landmark Royal Academy exhibition was revealed. ‘The Future of the Art Fair’, moderated by Melanie Gerlis, art market columnist at the Financial Times, considered not only the five-year strategy for speakers’ fairs (such as the START Art Fair, represented by Director Niru Ratnam) but also the future of prestigious printed invitations. Guest speakers in ‘The View from a Collector’ panel included noted collectors Muriel Salem and Maria Sukkar.
Feedback from alumni about the conference has been extremely positive, and we look forward to hosting our next Alumni Conference in New York in 2017.
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Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.
Explore the Conference
Kate Flitcroft, Specialist, Decorative Arts, Christie's
Muriel Salem, Collector, Cranford Collection
Maria Sukkar, Collector, Collector and Patron
Elizabeth Neilson, Director, Zabludowicz Collection
Geoff Lowsley, Private Collections Manager, Valentino
Adam Kulewicz, Associate Specialist - Collections, Christie's
Dr Matthew Nichols, Christie's Education New York, discusses Connoisseurship and Curating.
Dr Sadie Pickup, Christie's Education London, presents latest research on Aphrodite and her Sandals, tallying in with her current research on footwear in classical antiquity.
Christie's leading specialists will give a private tour to alumni of the contemporary works on view at South Kensington.
Explores the relationship that technology has with museums and gallery spaces and how collectors and artists have new ways to control their collections with technology.
John Slyce, Senior Lecturer, Modern & Contemporary Art, Christie's Education London
Boris Pevsner, CEO, Collectrium
Bernadine Bröcker, CEO, Vastari
Alan Sloan, Director, MOMART
Examining the future the art fair and why they are proliferating in the art world.
More about Christie’s Education Trust
Support our future
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Christie's Education Trust, set up in 1986 to enable academically gifted individuals to study at Christie's Education where they might otherwise have been unable to. The Trust is a registered charity and supports students with scholarships, awards and student prizes. Christie's Education Trust is wholly independent from Christie's and Christie's Education, and relies solely on gifts and donations from alumni and friends. A donation to the Trust gives students the opportunity to learn with Christie's Education and grow into the next generation of cultural leaders.
Christie’s 250th Anniversary
2016 marks Christie’s 250th anniversary, and this historic year will be celebrated with a series of events and exhibitions. As the world’s leading art business, Christie’s has long been acknowledged as a tastemaker, continually innovating its auction calendar and curating sales to foster new collecting trends and perspectives on the art market.