BAMF

The British Art Market Federation was formed in 1996 to represent the interests of the UK’s large and diverse art and antiques market. Maintaining contacts with government, BAMF’s members range from trade bodies like The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association and The Antiquities Dealers Association, to The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and auction houses including Sotheby’s, Christie’s  and Bonhams.


Call to wrest art market laws back from EU

21 August 2013

The British Art Market Federation (BAMF) has called on the government to reclaim major powers regulating the UK’s art market from the European Union and return them to Parliament in London.

Australia sets up its own version of BAMF

16 May 2011

THE Australian art and antiques industry has formed its own version of the British Art Market Federation following what it calls “several years of uncertainty in the Australian art market”.

BAMF fights bid to move export licensing unit to Birmingham

08 June 2009

BRITISH Art Market Federation chairman Anthony Browne is fighting a rearguard action against the unexpected news that the Export Licensing Unit is to move to Birmingham.

DACS’ figures show artist levy is a failure – BAMF

22 January 2007

THE British Art Market Federation have launched a new attack on Droit de Suite following the release of figures showing how the levy has performed in its first year.

Lords call for national regulation

12 April 2006

BAMF urge fight against piecemeal London Bill THE House of Lords committee that is looking into the London Local Authorities Bill has urged the Government to find a national solution to the regulation of the market in secondhand goods.

London faces its own version of the Kent Act

27 March 2006

BAMF call on parliament to hold off in favour of nationwide legislation

BAMF ease Import VAT fears

08 March 2005

A POSSIBLE hike in import VAT linked to works of art sold in the UK is not the threat some fear, says British Art Market Federation chairman Anthony Browne.

BAMF help trade avoid blight under anti-looting Act

07 July 2003

LAST-minute efforts to persuade the Government to amend legislation that could prove damaging to the honest trade in antiques looked set to pay off as the Antiques Trade Gazette went to press.

Red tape, not taxes, the biggest threat in Europe, say BAMF

07 October 2002

COMPLEX bureaucracy and form filling are the biggest threat to small business – the backbone of the European art market – says Anthony Browne, chairman of the British Art Market Federation.

Customs relax Import VAT rules for art

02 May 2002

PRESSURE from the British Art Market Federation has persuaded the Government to relax Import VAT rules on art that are thought to have damaged legitimate trade.

Dealers get grants to attend Chicago fair

25 February 2002

British Art Market Federation lobbying has persuaded the Department of Trade and Industry to provide grants for 13 LAPADA members to exhibit at a Chicago antiques fair.

BAMF celebrates five years of ‘navigating round icebergs’

03 December 2001

UPWARDS of 200 invited guests arrived at the Tate Britain on Tuesday night last week to celebrate one of the most notable successes in the art trade in recent years.The occasion: the fifth anniversary dinner for the British Art Market Federation.

BAMF scoops award for droit de suite campaign

08 November 2001

THE British Art Market Federation has been named the winner in the Best Public Affairs Campaign category of trade magazine PR Week’s annual awards scheme.

BAMF urges Blair not to forget battle against art resale levy

21 May 2001

BRITISH Art Market Federation chairman Anthony Browne has appealed to the Government to continue the fight to protect domestic trade interests from the worst aspects of droit de suite.

Strasbourg blow over droit de suite

19 December 2000

THE British Art Market Federation has expressed disappointment as the European Parliament is seeking to reverse special provisions for the UK concerning droit de suite, the artists’ resale levy.

BAMF keeps up the pressure on the EU over droit de suite

31 October 2000

ANTHONY Browne, chairman of the British Art Federation, has just led a delegation of art dealers to Strasbourg to lobby the European Parliament further on the artists’ resale levy, droit de suite.

Politicians debate new rules for trade

24 April 2000

UK: LEADING representatives of the trade have given evidence before the Culture Select Committee which is considering whether Britain should introduce new laws to tackle art theft and trade in illegally exported antiques.

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