Christie's Education
Global Alumni Conference 2016

London, 23 September 2016

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.



Conference Photographs

  • "The View from a Collector” panel – Kate Flitcroft (Moderator and Specialist, Decorative Arts, Christie’s)

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Our conference agenda for the day!

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Our alumni enjoying their morning coffee break and a sweet treat!

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Former Lecturer and Tutor, Gil Darby catching up with her previous students.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Dr Sadie Pickup from Christie’s Education London presenting on her latest research on Aphrodite and her Sandals.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Alumnus Christopher Devereux making notes from Sadie’s session on footwear in classical antiquities.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Eagerly waiting to see what’s next on the schedule!

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Our alumni attending the conference’s private tour of the First Open and Young Hearts sale at Christie’s South Kensington.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Josephine von Perfall, Associate Specialist in Post War and Contemporary Art taking our alumni around on the private tour of the First Open and Young Hearts sale.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • John Slyce, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie’s Education London and Moderator for the Art and Technology panel opening the discussion.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Collectrium’s CEO, Boris Pevzner in discussion with John Slyce and Alan Sloan, Director, MOMART for the Art and Technology panel.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Christie’s Education alumna, Rosemin questioning the Art and Technology panel about the future of cyber security within art and technology.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Our speakers for the Future of the Art Fair panel getting excited before the discussions begin!

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Diana Cawdell and Melanie Gerlis taking questions from the audience on the future of the art fair.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • “How do we decide what artworks should and should not be represented at art fairs?” Our panellists answer questions from the audience.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Listening to how each art fair differs from one another.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Our alumni enjoying a glass of wine at the conference’s drinks reception!

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • John Slyce and Matthew Nichols.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Discussions continue at the conference’s drinks reception!

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Francesca Filippini Pinto, General Manager for Christie’s South Kensington and proud Christie’s Education alumna.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Head of Picture’s Nick Martineau in discussion with Continuing Education Director, Glen Hardwick and Christie’s Client Relationship Manager, Elliot Safra.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

Explore the Conference

  • Session one:
    The View from a Collector
  • A panel discussion on the role of the collector and collecting trends in the 21st century.
  • Moderator 
    Kate Flitcroft, Specialist, Decorative Arts, Christie's

    Guest Speakers
    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
Dr Sadie Pickup
  • Session three:
    Aphrodite and her Sandals

  • 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.

Private Tour of South Kensington
  • Session five:
    Art and Technology
  • 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.

  • Moderator
    John Slyce, Senior Lecturer, Modern & Contemporary Art, Christie's Education London

    Guest Speakers
    Boris Pevsner, CEO, Collectrium
    Bernadine Bröcker, CEO, Vastari
    Alan Sloan, Director, MOMART

  • Session six:
    The Future of the Art Fair
  • Examining the future the art fair and why they are proliferating in the art world.

  • Moderator
    Melanie Gerlis, Editor at Large, Art Newspaper, Art Market columnist, Financial Times

    Guest Speakers
    Niru Ratnam, START Art Fair, Prudential Eye Programme
    Lara Wolfe, Business Development, Masterpiece
    Mieka Sywak, Fair Director and Head of Projects, LAPADA
    Diana Cawdell, Managing Director, Golden2 Consulting


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