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  • Bitesize Daily: Sarah Monk – London Art Fair

    Sarah Monk is the Director of London Art Fair, which encompasses museum quality Modern British art and international and emerging contemporary art. Every year, London Art Fair connects over 130 of the best galleries from around the world with both seasoned and aspiring collectors, providing a unique opportunity to discover and champion the most outstanding modern and contemporary art of our time. What have you been doing during lockdown? We were both one of the first and last art fairs to happen in 2020 and count ourselves as incredibly…

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  • Bitesize Daily: Chris Stephens – Holburne Museum

      Chris Stephens is Director of the Holburne Museum (https://www.holburne.org/) which has just extended the Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years until 3rd January 2021. Before the Holburne Museum, Chris worked at Tate in London for twenty-one years, for much of that time as Head of Displays at Tate Britain and Lead Curator of Modern British Art. Image courtesy of Evoke Pictures What have you been up to during lockdown? Almost all our staff have been furloughed so there’s been a small group of us mucking into all kinds of things. At…

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  • Bitesize Daily: Melanie Gerlis

    Melanie Gerlis is Art market columnist for the Financial Times; Editor at large at The Art Newspaper and Author of “Art as an investment?” What have you been doing during lockdown? I’m glad to say I’ve been working – which isn’t a given as a freelance arts writer. Much of my work for the Financial Times and The Art Newspaper has centred around art fairs and live auctions for the past 15 years, so I wasn’t sure that there would be anything to write about, but luckily galleries, auction houses and even fairs are finding…

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  • Bitesize Daily: Guy Schooling – Sworders

    We round off this week’s interviews with Guy Schooling, Chairman and Head Specialist, Art & Antiques at Sworders fine art auctioneers. https://www.sworder.co.uk What have you been up to during lockdown? Who would have thought running what was basically a shut down business could be so time consuming? In between putting extraordinary new procedures in place and keeping staff and clients informed of the constantly changing landscape I very much enjoyed being at home amid the glorious Suffolk landscape especially in the wonderful April…

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  • Bitesize Daily: Verity Brown – ROKBOX

    Verity Brown is a Director at ROKBOX (https://rok-box.com/), an award winning crate specifically designed to reduce the environmental impact, risk and cost of shipping high value art. What have you been up to during lockdown? The last few years have been a non-stop whirlwind for ROKBOX and so this ‘pause’ has been a chance for us to regain a little perspective, ensuring our strategy is serving our clients’ needs. Part of that has meant we have been busy designing and engineering so we shall have more products available towards the end of…

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  • Bitesize Daily: Michael Roberts – PFK Auctioneers

    Michael is the Head of Department, Auctioneer & Valuer at PFK Auctioneers, Penrith, Cumbria. What have you been doing during lockdown? I’ve worked throughout lockdown, keeping the business ticking over with online sales/valuations and adapting our business model to ensure a strong second half of the year. For the first two months I worked on my own, with staff furloughed for safety. We’re now gradually bringing staff back to work, a huge relief! Despite the lockdown, demand for art and antiques sales has remained high and…

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  • Bitesize Daily: Anna Helwing – ArtBasel

    This week, we interviewed Anna Helwing, who is VIP Manager of Europe & Americas and VIP Representative of Switzerland at ArtBasel, as well as being a mentor at I LIKE NETWORKING (https://ilikenetworking.uk/) What have you been up to during lockdown? Since Art Basel in Basel was cancelled due to Covid-19 we decided to host an Online Viewing Room in June instead.  As a result, we were very busy during lockdown. As a member of the VIP Relations team I mainly worked on planning and hosting virtual VIP walk-throughs via Zoom and besides…

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  • Bitesize Daily: Will Davies – Simon Lee Gallery

    Will Davies, Director at Simon Lee Gallery gives us his answers on what life has been life in lockdown and discusses what’s next. What have you been doing during lockdown? The first few weeks of lockdown are somewhat of a blur in my head.  Aside from obsessing over the news like everyone else, the process of establishing what the lockdown meant for the gallery and our artists and how to best navigate the evolving situation required a huge amount of input across the team.  As things began to settle into a new rhythm and I came to terms…

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  • Bitesize Daily: Adam Rutherford – Art Brand Communications

    This week, we kick off the Bitesize Daily interviews with Adam Rutherford, who founded Art Brand Communications (www.artbrandcomms.com), a strategic Arts PR and brand led communications consultancy with offices in London and Zurich. What have you been up to during lockdown? We have been fortunate to continue to provide our clients with strategic counsel and guidance through these unprecedented times. In particular, we have been working with clients to implement new and different ways for them to continue to engage with their audiences and key…

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  • Spotlight on small businesses in the Arts: Blank Canvas Coaching

    This week we have been chatting to Jade Mitchell, who runs Blank Canvas Coaching. Given the situation we find ourselves in, we thought this might be useful for some of you who are perhaps at a crossroad, out of work, or just needing a bit of career guidance in these unprecedented times. Jade set up Blank Canvas Coaching after 20 years helping individuals in the arts realise their vision and achieve their potential. She’s managed some of the world’s best-known artists, and curated exhibitions with international museums and galleries to…

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