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.


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Anthony Browne: Our man in Westminster

17 July 2017

The art market’s chief spokesperson pursues a policy of quiet diplomacy. Now armed with a new report on the British art market, Anthony Browne has something he wants to shout about

Election 2017: time to ‘get our voices heard’

24 April 2017

Trade bodies line up to make the case for art and antiques sector

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Trade bodies seek multi-pronged Brexit lobbying plan ahead of Great Repeal Act

10 April 2017

The art and antiques trade is taking its Brexit concerns directly to government with the submission of a series of policy documents asking that art market interests are recognised.

FT letter from trade body heads

Trade bodies unite to fight tax reforms that impact art and antiques trade

11 November 2016

Efforts to protect the trade’s Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) against tax reforms gathered steam this week with the publication of a letter from three leading trade associations in the Financial Times.

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Trade associations aim for talks with new UK government

19 July 2016

British Art Market Federation chairman Anthony Browne has written to Karen Bradley, the newly-appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in the hope of arranging a face-to-face briefing.

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Protest at new EU proposals to tackle looters and a ‘potentially misleading’ survey

09 June 2016

The EU’s planned crackdown on terrorism funding and the way it is investigating possible legislation is a ‘big concern to the trade’.

Lord Inglewood named as new BAMF president

03 March 2014

The British Art Market Federation have announced that Lord Inglewood is to be their new president.

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.

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