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GEOFFREY MUNN OBE ANNOUNCED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BADA TRUST
BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) has announced that Geoffrey Munn OBE, Managing Director of Wartski Ltd, is to take on the post of Chairman of the Friends of the BADA Trust.
Geoffrey Munn, OBE
Geoffrey is one of the world’s leading jewellery specialists and has over 40 years' experience at Wartski. He is a published author, has curated several specialist exhibitions including ‘Tiaras’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2002, and is the longest-running jewellery specialist on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, having joined the programme in 1989. Munn is also an ambassador for the Samaritans and Pancreatic Cancer UK, and in 2012 he received an OBE for his services to charity.
The Friends of the BADA Trust was formed in 1991 to allow members of the public to participate in the work of the Trust, raise awareness of BADA members’ cultural and educational activities, and to promote knowledge and appreciation of the fine art and antique trade.
The work of the BADA Cultural and Educational Trust includes sponsorship of full time restoration and conservation courses, travel awards and fees for students, as well as assisting with the purchase of important items for national museums.
Chairman Geoffrey Munn said: “I am honoured to accept the role of Chairman of the BADA Trust and I look forward to continuing the great work of my predecessor John Bly... As dealers, we are privileged to live and work with exceptional objects on a daily basis and I believe it is our duty, via the work of the BADA Trust, to ensure that those outstanding works of fine art, design and antiques are not only enjoyed by the widest possible audience but also by many generations to come.”
For more information about BADA, visit BADA.
LAPADA ANNOUNCES WINNERS AT THE WINTER ART & ANTIQUES FAIR OLYMPIA
LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antique Dealers has announced the winners of its Best Stand Awards at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia (31 October - 6 November 2016).
The judges for this year's competition were ATG Editor Noelle McElhatton, Nicholas Somers, Master, The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholar, and interior designer and consultant in Fine Art and Antiques Caroline De Cabarrus of Hotspur Design.
Best Stand: Ancient & Oriental
The judges felt that this exhibitor's use of the curtains to frame the stand was innovative and created intrigue. Inside the stand, carefully curated items were made easily accessible to viewers, and their appearance was highlighted and enhanced by the use of a simple black backdrop.
Best stand using display cabinets: Matthew Foster
The judges felt that this stand, which focussed on jewellery, silver and glass from the Art Deco period, showed the exhibitor's great efforts in creating a cohesive visual identity throughout the display. Strong orange and black backdrops were indicative of the period and arresting colours on which to present the fine jewellery and objets d'art.
Best stand displaying pictures or textiles: Haynes Fine Art
The judges felt that the exhibitor worked hard to present a stand with an intimate feel, given its large size and prominent position, by creating smaller areas of display. Pictures were well-hung and well-lit, giving the viewer a chance to step back and fully appreciate them, and the use of furniture provided a comfortable feel, allowing the viewer to imagine how the paintings would look in a home. Overall, the judges felt that this stand was very professional and would give confidence to the potential buyer.
Rebecca Davies, LAPADA Association CEO, commented: “We are always impressed with the quality of the stand displays from LAPADA dealers and these awards are a great way to celebrate them. We know that the impact of a stand out display can improve sales and from the point of view of a visitor they enhance the experience.”
For more information on this event and future events, visit LAPADA.
LAPADA AND AWAD TO WAIVE JOINING FEE IN RECIPROCAL PARTNERSHIP
LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antique Dealers and AWAD, the Association of Women Art Dealers have announced that they have formed a reciprocal partnership that will see joining fees waived for new applicants who also hold a membership with the other.
Rebecca Davies, LAPADA Association CEO, comments: “Attracting a wider representation of female dealers is something we support. AWAD shares LAPADA’s commitment to offering its members the skills and expertise to trade competitively within the international art market. We look forward to working together and encouraging collaborations between the two groups.”
Susan Mumford, Founder and CEO of AWAD, adds, “The support of art dealers’ enterprises is increasingly vital in a rapidly evolving world. With distinct types of support for members, notably LAPADA’s annual fair and AWAD’s focus on peer-to-peer networking on an international scale, differing needs of dealers are met by the two organisations. We look forward to seeing members’ businesses thrive all the more as a result of tapping into both trade associations.”
BADA PARTNERS WITH APOLLO MAGAZINE TO DELIVER NEW SEMINAR
The BADA is partnering with Apollo Magazine to present their latest seminar in the #BADATalks series, entitled; 'Engaging with the art and antique press: What now and what next'. The event will take place on Thursday 29 September 2016 at Caledonian Club in Belgravia, London.
The seminar will examine art journalism in its present form, and analyses how the growth of digital publishing has affected art market coverage and journalistic integrity. It will then go on to advise dealers on how to create engaging content with writers and editors, express the importance of high quality imagery, and discuss the benefits of using social media.
Apollo Magazine editor Thomas Marks will be serving as chair for the panel discussion, which features experts representing the world of digital and print media, PR and communications.
Marco Forgione, BADA CEO, said: “Understanding how art market journalism is changing and effective strategies for dealers to get their messages across to key audiences is an essential business skill. I’m delighted that BADA has partnered with Apollo to explore this key issue.
#BADATalks has been established to help support, educate, inform, advise and offer guidance. This session will offer a thought provoking insight into ways in which members can be more effective in communicating to their target audiences of buyers and collectors.”
Thomas Marks, Apollo Editor, said: “Journalism and the media have shifted so dramatically in the digital age as to be almost unrecognisable from how they were 15 or 20 years ago.
And that’s made for a lot of changes to how the art market is reported and represented in the press, from what attracts the attention of writers and editors, to the tone of journalism, the value of images, and how stories target and reach readers.
This seminar will offer an insider’s view of the art trade, helping to ensure that dealers can best be prepared for press enquiries and to secure coverage – not the easiest thing in a world where so many people are jostling for attention."
The event takes place on Thursday 29 September 2016, from 3.30pm - 7.00pm.
3.30pm - Welcome Refreshments
4.00pm - Panel Discussion
5.30pm - Networking Drinks
The Caledonian Club
To book your seat and learn more about the programme visit BADA Seminar.
HARROGATE ANTIQUE FAIR MAKES NEW APPOINTMENT
The Harrogate Art & Antique Fair is pleased to announce it has a new Northern Consultant for the Autumn Harrogate Art & Antique Fair.
Crispian Riley-Smith, an art valuer, art agent, art events organiser and art dealer, has joined the organisational team for the upcoming fair which runs from 28 September until 2 October 2016 in central Harrogate.
Fair Director Louise Walker says; "Crispian and his experience with London Art Week and Master Drawings New York will be a great asset to the Fair, he brings a fresh eye... Crispian lives in North Yorkshire and hopes to bring a local as well as a national outlook to the fair... it is going to be exciting to work with him and his new ideas on such an established event".
For more information, visit Harrogate Antique Fair.
LEADING ANTIQUES ASSOCIATIONS CREATE A JOINT TASK FORCE
The UK's leading antiques and antiquarian associations, BADA (The British Antique Dealers' Association) and ABA (The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association) have joined forces to work towards closer cooperation and greater support for both membership groups.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the two associations means that the members will gain access to each other's annual fairs, to work together on the creation and delivery of seminars and workshops, and benefit from joint promotional activity. ABA members will also be able to take part in forthcoming BADA auctions, and co-operate on campaigning and lobbying initiatives such as the #MakeTaxFair campaign.
Previously, BADA and ABA had collaborated as members of BAMF (The British Art Market Federation), but this new initiative will allow a broader scope for co-operation and support between the associations.
BADA was founded in 1918 to fight Prime Minister Lloyd George's plans to introduce tax on antiques. It now represents leading members of the fine art and antiques communities who are known for their exemplary expertise, stock and business practices.
ABA is the senior trade body for dealers in antique books and manuscripts, setting the industry standard for expertise and integrity for over a century. They boast membership across the UK, as well as many of the world's leading booksellers.
Michael Cohen, BADA Chairman, said: “I am very happy to be working with an association that shares our values of expertise, excellence, experience and ethical trading, and I look forward to a new era of cooperation that will enhance the benefits of both our memberships.”
Michael (Oscar) Graves-Johnston, ABA President, said: “Our collaboration with BADA can only enhance both associations. I believe we will mutually benefit from each other’s knowledge and acumen, to promote and maintain our very highest standards.”
A joint task force, created out of the Memorandum of Understanding, will be meeting shortly to explore further areas for co-operation and support between the associations.
BADA CONFIRMS THREE MAJOR APPOINTMENTS
Forgione is a marketing and communication professional with considerable senior experience in transforming associations. Forgione joins BADA from EVCOM (the Event and Visual Communication Association) themembership association for the events, film and digital communication industry, where he was CEO for seven years. Forgione led the creation of EVCOM, which was formed by the merger of two trade associations, Eventia and the International Visual Communication Association (IVCA).
This new executive team combined with the recent appointment of Victoria Borwick MP as BADA President provides BADA members and the association with a dynamic, effective and experienced team that will ensure BADA remains a significant leader for the art and antique trade, both nationally and internationally. BADA Council’s rigorous search for their CEO was undertaken by Berwick Partners, a division of Odgers Berndtson, the UK’s leading executive search firm.
Chairman of the BADA Council, Michael Cohen, commenting on Marco Forgione’s appointment, said: “I am delighted to welcome Marco to lead BADA’s team and to help us promote everything BADA and our membership represent to the wider world.“His experience in transforming associations, working internationally and building effective membership brands will be invaluable in leading BADA, helping our members exploit existing and future opportunities and in overcoming the challenges our industry faces. As we look to celebrate our centenary in 2018 BADA has invested significantly in ensuring we have the team to build an organisation ready to lead our industry for the future.”
Marco Forgione, BADA CEO, said: “I am excited to be joining BADA at this momentous time, in particular as we look forward to our centenary in 2018. “BADA represents an exclusive community of recognised experts, internationally regarded leaders in the art and antique industry. As CEO it is my role to lead in transforming BADA, to help our expert members overcome the challenges our industry faces and to seize the tremendous opportunities which exist both in the UK and internationally. “A very firm foundation has been built over the past 97 years, current initiatives such as BADA’s Certificates of Provenance have provided new opportunities for the membership and the BADA Fair is internationally recognised as a leading business platform for the art and antiques market. I am looking forward to using my skills and experiences to develop the organisation so that it continues to remain ready and fit to lead the art and antique industry for years to come.”
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THE BADA ANNOUNCE USA MEMBERS
Following the decision of the Council of the BADA, The British Antique Dealers' Association, to admit international members in 2014, the names have been announced of the first two eminent new members both from the USA.
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