Organisations

Trade organisations play an important role in the art and antiques market. Their remit may include lobbying, communicating information to members, offering professional development and qualifications, organising events, setting standards and ensuring adherence to them.

Other organisations listed in this section perform different functions such as providing online marketplaces, education or supplying other services to the art and antiques trade.

LAPADA hires fair manager

18 June 2018

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, has hired a new fair manager.

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New LAPADA chief Freya Simms outlines what dealer members can expect during her tenure

18 June 2018

Public relations and fairs specialist Freya Simms is a mere two weeks into the job as chief executive of dealer body LAPADA but has hit the ground running.

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ABA Fair’s move to Battersea results in invigorated event

15 June 2018

The ABA Rare Book Fair London’s move to Battersea Evolution was marked by a 20% increase in visitor numbers last month, fulfilling organisers’ hopes for an invigorated event at the trendier location.

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Ivory bill amendments head to committee stage in parliament

12 June 2018

The ivory bill will be discussed in detail by 19 MPs as it reaches committee stage in parliament today.

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MPs consider extending ivory ban to more species

11 June 2018

The bill that will mean a near-total ban on the sale of African elephant ivory could be extended to include other ivory-bearing species before it becomes law.

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Bowled over by Singer Sargent - National Trust secures painting of Ightham Mote

11 June 2018

In 1889, the artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) visited the 14th century manor house Ightham Mote in Kent and painted a picture of its occupants playing a game of bowls.

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ATG letter: This antiquities attitude must not cross the Atlantic

11 June 2018

MADAM – With high-profile seizures taking place, particularly in New York (‘Trade decries US crackdown on antiquities’, News, ATG No 2345), long-term damage is being inflicted on both the trade and museums.

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DACS: Blockchain will create ‘fairer’ art market

11 June 2018

The growth of new technologies such as blockchain will lead to a ‘fairer and more ethical’ art market, says The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS).

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Sotheby’s brokers sale of John Singer Sargent painting to National Trust

06 June 2018

A painting of a game of bowls by John Singer Sargent previously in the collection of the late A Alfred Taubman has sold to the National Trust’s Ightham Mote, the manor house in Kent depicted in the picture.

Parliament

Three hour ivory bill debate brings cross-party support in parliament

05 June 2018

The bill that will mean a near total ban on the sale of ivory passed its second reading in parliament with unanimous support last night.

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Antiques dealer highlights “nightmare” red tape of ivory ban on BBC politics show ahead of parliamentary debate

04 June 2018

Antiques dealer Michael Baggott has highlighted on national television the huge amount of bureaucracy that will ensue when the proposed ivory ban becomes law.

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Trade decries US crackdown on antiquities

04 June 2018

Demands for ‘looted’ items to be returned could be ‘disastrous’ for the dealers, say antiquities trade bodies...

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Viney becomes the Master

04 June 2018

The picture below shows Paul Viney (on the left), chairman of Woolley & Wallis, receiving congratulations upon being installed as Master of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars from Loyd Grossman, the outgoing Master (and now Deputy Master).

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Art Fund celebrates record year as it seeks to boost annual giving to £10m

31 May 2018

A record-breaking year for Art Fund, including the purchase of £5.5m of art, is a ‘step in the right direction’ as the national charity seeks to increase its annual grant giving to £10m.

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Online Galleries defends price rises in line with increased traffic

28 May 2018

UK antiques portal Online Galleries has significantly increased subscription costs, causing many dealers to complain of steep price rises.

ATG letter: We are teaming up for impending fightback

28 May 2018

MADAM – Thank you for publishing our letter (ATG No 2341), in which we outlined why the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association intended to seek legal advice on the government’s proposed ivory ban.

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BADA hosts Belgravia networking event for art market’s next generation

27 May 2018

A group of young trade members met for a networking evening earlier this week.

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Government launches bill for “one of the toughest bans on ivory sales in the world”

23 May 2018

The government will launch its Ivory Bill in parliament today in a move that environment secretary Michael Gove described as “one of the toughest bans on ivory sales in the world”.

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Two positions created at LAPADA include new top spot for September fair

22 May 2018

LAPADA is recruiting for two newly created positions, one of the association’s first moves under the leadership of chief executive Freya Simms.

BADA says ivory ban fighting fund is receiving ‘positive response’

14 May 2018

A campaign to raise funds for legal advice on the government’s ivory ban proposals has received “a positive response”, according to dealer body BADA, which is organising the endeavour on behalf of the antiques sector.

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