22 February 2018

Now in its 10th year, the LAPADA Conference is a unique proposition in the UK’s art & antiques trade and the forerunner of this type of industry forum

Welcome refreshments served from 9.30 | Conference commences at 10.15 and finishes at 17.00
Guided Tours of the Houses of Parliament available at 9.00am (booking necessary, first come basis)
Susan Moore | Associate Editor, Apollo Magazine
Dealers often have pieces in their stock that are museum-quality and are candidates for museum acquisition. But how best to communicate with the relevant institutions? Susan Moore, Associate Editor of Apollo, leads a discussion with Dr Tessa Murdoch, (V&A), Dr Bruce Boucher (Sir John Soane Museum), Philip Mould OBE and Martin Levy (H. Blairman & Sons). She discovers what curators look for in special objects, how they like to be kept apprised and what the acquisition process usually entails

Anthony Browne | Chairman, BAMF
LAPADA is an active member of the British Art Market Federation which is the primary body representing the interests of the trade to government. The Chairman of BAMF, Anthony Browne, will discuss the issues that are at the fore in the transition period and what the challenges and opportunities of Brexit may hold for the market.  

Helen Brocklebank | CEO, Walpole
How does one position art and antiques as luxury goods and capitalise on expanding markets post-Brexit? Helen Brocklebank will discuss taking tips from luxury retailers on display, engagement, and marketing, using provenance and heritage as unique selling points.  

Ivan Macquisten | Writer, art market analyst, consultant (iMACQ) 
This panel brings together LAPADA members of different generations to share their best advice on achieving trading success. Panellists will share ideas on everything from how to source a steady supply of the right material and deciding on the best route to market to attracting new clients and meeting the daily demands of business. 


LAPADA, The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, is the largest society of professional art and antiques dealers in the UK. Established in 1974, we represent over 500 members across five continents, experts in their fields, whose specialities range from fine art, jewellery and furniture to contemporary works, sculpture and ceramics.

Over the years the LAPADA Conference has welcomed a broad selection of world-class speakers to engage, inform and inspire the trade- giving guests a fresh perspective on today’s business climate as well as a chance to network. Past topics have ranged from cultural etiquette and digital marketing to Artists’ Resale Right and cyber security.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, we are delighted to return to the House of Lords by courtesy of our Chairman, Lord de Mauley. This year will cover a variety of important topics, from Brexit and its challenges and opportunities, to positioning antiques in the luxury marketplace. 

Lord de Mauley, Chairman of LAPADA

Former Minister for the Natural Environment, Science and Animal Welfare at Defra, Lord De Mauley has been an army reservist for thirty years. He is colonel of the UK’s only reserve armoured regiment and president of SPANA and the Council of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. He has a great enthusiasm for art and antiques and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005.   

Anthony Browne has been executive chairman of the British Art Market Federation (BAMF)since 1996. 

He has represented BAMF on many government committees and acts as BAMF’s principal spokesman. Anthony was a director of Christie’s (1978–96), and is a senior consultant to Christie’s International. He is a Board Member of the European Fine Art Foundation and was Vice Chairman of Art Fortnight London. He is also an Honorary Associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and a Council Member of the American Museum in Britain.
Susan Moore is Associate Editor of Apollo

An art historian, art critic and saleroom columnist also writing for the Financial Times, she founded the non-profit Slow Art Workshop in 2017. SAW harnesses the goodwill of curators, specialist dealers and auction-house experts to give people of any age the opportunity of engaging with a wide range of works of art, to look, hold, think and ask questions. 

Dr. Tessa Murdoch, Deputy Keeper at the V&A Museum

Her PhD ‘Huguenot artists, designers and craftsmen in Great Britain and Ireland, 1680-1760’, University of London, 1982 fed into the Museum of London exhibition The Quiet Conquest: The Huguenots 1685-1985. Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1988, she joined V&A Furniture and Woodwork in 1990 assisting with research for the acclaimed British Galleries. In 2002 she was appointed Deputy Keeper, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass and Head of Metalwork.

Dr. Bruce Boucher became Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in 2016. 

He taught for over twenty years at University College London before entering the museum world as curator and head of European Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. He was Director of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia from 2009-16, and is a former president of the board of the Center for Palladian Studies in America and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Philip Mould OBE is an art dealer, writer and broadcaster. 

He has made a number of major art discoveries, including some of Thomas Gainsborough's earliest known works, the only known portrait of Prince Arthur Tudor and a number of lost works by Sir Anthony Van Dyck. Mould is the author of two books on art discovery and is widely consulted by the media on the subject. He is well known for his role co-presenting the BBC television programme Fake or Fortune?

Martin Levy, H. Blairman & Sons Ltd 

Martin Levy, FSA, is a London-based dealer in furniture and works of art. He has been a member of the Spoliation Advisory Panel since 2000, and served on the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art (1997-2007). He served as a Trustee of the London Historic House Museums’ Trust (1997-2008). He has published widely on nineteenth-century decorative arts and patronage

Helen Brocklebank is CEO of Walpole, the trade body for the British luxury industry. 

She is a specialist in luxury media brands, building her career at Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar. During her tenure, Helen founded the highly successful brand extension ‘Bazaar At Work’ and created enduring content partnerships with iconic brands. 
Most recently Helen established a content consultancy for luxury, including Liberty and Boat International. She has a deep understanding of the business of luxury, an unerring ability to conceive creative and impactful initiatives and an entrepreneurial spirit that drives their successful delivery. 

Ivan Macquisten, ImacQ

Ivan has spent 30 years as a journalist and business advisor. As Editor of Antiques Trade Gazette for 15 years, he oversaw the news and features operation, while running campaigns and developing Internet coverage. He is a leading commentator and opinion former on the international art market. Ivan also has a background in PR, media and business/brand consultancy as well as public affairs lobbying and reputation management

Principal Sponsor

Rawlinson & Hunter has been at the forefront of the provision of tax and accounting advice to the art world since our formation over 80 years ago. We act for leading artists, galleries and dealers on their underlying businesses and specific transactions. Many of our private clients are also avid collectors and we advise them regularly on transactional practicalities. We provide intelligent, well thought out and practical advice on the financial aspects of art transactions. Our unrivalled experience in advising on complex issues, often involving a number of jurisdictions with their associated tax implications, has given us a unique understanding of the requirements of those at the business end of the art world as well as collectors.
Rawlinson & Hunter
Supporting Sponsor
Besso Limited
Besso Limited, International Division is the sole appointed insurance broker to LAPADA. The Besso/LAPADA Insurance Scheme can provide LAPADA members with unrivalled professional advice, discounted premiums and comprehensive cover tailored to individual requirements. They provide access to global insurance and reinsurance markets, and have a team of experts who handle a huge variety of risks through our specialist divisions. Versatility and reliability are hallmarks of the Besso brand.
Supporting Sponsor
moneycorp are one of the UK’s largest foreign exchange companies , and they have some of the strongest financials in the UK Marketplace. moneycorp carry a 5A1 security rating and a monthly credit guide of £23.3M, both leading ratings within the industry. moneycorp are the accredited provider for the British Chambers of Commerce and also partner with the Department of International Trade. The world of foreign exchange and international money transfers is fast-moving. This is why they're always anticipating the changing needs of the market, and of their customers, to develop new solutions.
Supporting Sponsor
D.R.A.W Recruitment
D.R.A.W. was formed in 2016, bringing together two of the most respected talent agencies in the global art market — Drummond Read Recruitment and Art//Work Recruitment. With over 20 years’ combined experience, they have a thorough understanding of the art, auction and luxury sectors in the UK and abroad, as well as access to the finest, best-qualified candidates. They have also developed strong, long-standing relationships with leading clients in a wide variety of areas.
Supporting Sponsor
Malca-Amit Fine Art
Malca-Amit provides the luxury goods industry, high-net worth individuals and international banks with a global team of experts, including logistics, security, customs house and special operations professionals. Malca-Amit provides a smooth, expedient and professional service tailored to precise specifications and needs. Malca-Amit provides best in class customer service and solutions for those dealing in diamonds and jewellery, watches, precious metals, fine art and planning special events. 
Media Partner
Antiques Trade Gazette
Antiques Trade Gazette is dedicated to serving the art and antiques community through unrivalled news coverage and analysis. Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette has a heritage of authority, integrity and accuracy at the heart of its reporting that make it the essential read for anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of art and antiques. Its team of expert writers takes an independent and objective view to bring you the stories that matter. Their knowledge and understanding ensure that you enjoy entertaining and insightful articles that will help you make better buying and business decisions. The weekly newspaper is complemented by a constantly updated website, an email service, plus apps for iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows devices.

Tickets are available to buy directly from the LAPADA office (call 020 7823 3511) or online via Eventbrite.

The cost per LAPADA member is £125+VAT; for non-members it is £155+VAT. In addition to the formal business, the price includes refreshments throughout the day, a three course seated lunch with wine in the riverside terrace of the Cholmondeley Room and networking drinks at close.


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