Organisations

Trade organisations play an important role in the art and antiques market. Their remit may include lobbying, communicating information to members, offering professional development and qualifications, organising events, setting standards and ensuring adherence to them.

Other organisations listed in this section perform different functions such as providing online marketplaces, education or supplying other services to the art and antiques trade.

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National Trust house in Cumbria buys portrait by Georgian society painter George Romney

25 March 2020

Sizergh Castle and Garden, a stately home and garden in Cumbria run by the National Trust, has bought a portrait by 18th century painter George Romney.

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Trade moves online as Covid-19 bites

23 March 2020

Fair organisers were forced into making dramatic changes to their schedule as almost every event in the UK and Ireland was either cancelled or postponed last week, while many dealers were left facing the most challenging conditions for trading in living memory.

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Institute of Art and Law to update guidance on restitution cases

19 March 2020

Arts Council England has appointed the Institute of Art and Law to help form new guidance for institutions around the thorny issues of restitution and repatriation of cultural objects.

Announcement from thesaleroom.com: internet bidding will continue uninterrupted

16 March 2020

Online auction marketplace thesaleroom.com (owned by ATG parent Auction Technology Group) made the following announcement to reassure auction houses that internet bidding will continue uninterrupted:

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Growth in second-hand will ‘skyrocket’, conference hears

09 March 2020

The art and antiques trade should be able to tap into the desire by younger people to buy second-hand, delegates of the latest LAPADA Conference were told.

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Interviews: First-time exhibitors and returning dealers at The Open Art Fair 2020

09 March 2020

The first edition of 'The Open Art Fair' opens this month having morphed out of the BADA Fair. Here we speak to three dealers who have previously stood at the BADA event and another who has signed up for the first time.

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The Open Art Fair: Open for business in every sense

09 March 2020

Organisers of the new fair launching this month aim for an atmosphere welcoming to all

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How to promote the art and antiques trade and win new customers – LAPADA conference 2020

03 March 2020

How to best promote the art and antiques trade, take advantage of the worldwide focus on sustainability and win new customers were the themes for this year’s LAPADA conference.

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‘Outstanding’ maiolica medicine jar bought by British Museum in tax arrangement with dealer Sam Fogg

28 February 2020

A sixteenth century double-handled maiolica albarello, bought by Mayfair dealer Sam Fogg in 2014, has been acquired by the British Museum.

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Kensington Church Street dealer event takes royal theme for inaugural summer edition

26 February 2020

Dealers in Kensington Church Street are launching an event comprising a series of concurrent exhibitions.

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Record-breaking Martin Brothers grinning crab saved for nation heads to Plymouth after export block

19 February 2020

A new museum in Plymouth has acquired a ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers after fundraising to keep the sculpture in the UK.

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No sex please – we’re British (clockmakers)

17 February 2020

Fancy committing to abstaining from “gaming, drinking, fornication” for a whole seven years?

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New faces at TEFAF and Phillips plus a new home for Abacus Auctions

11 February 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques in ATG’s latest Movers and Shakers.

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Cultural heritage trafficking is in decline, says dealer association report

10 February 2020

The reported trafficking of cultural heritage objects is small and in decline, according to analysis by the IADAA (International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art).

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Antiques trade 'lagging behind on promoting its green credentials', celebrity interior designer says

05 February 2020

A leading interior designer will tell a gathering of antiques dealers next month that the trade has been slow to promote antiques as reused items – at a time when sustainability and climate change dominate political and commercial agendas.

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SOAS students awarded inaugural BADA Friends prize

29 January 2020

Corrina Ellis and Chih-En Chen, students from London School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), have been awarded the inaugural BADA Friends Brian Morgan Prize.

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Design history course to be launched in County Durham this year

28 January 2020

The Northern School of Art in Hartlepool, County Durham is recruiting students for a new design course.

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Stolen Afghan sculpture to return home after being spotted at UK auction

21 January 2020

An Afghan limestone sculpture believed to have been stolen during the Afghan civil war (1992-94), when Kabul was besieged, surfaced at an auction house in the UK last year.

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Anti-money laundering regulation - the art market must begin compliance

10 January 2020

The art market must now comply with the latest anti-money laundering law – despite a lack of clarity around some elements of the regulation.

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New anti-money laundering law: trade in paintings must comply, but not furniture, porcelain or books

08 January 2020

The ‘works of art’ covered by revised anti-money laundering legislation coming into effect in the UK this week exclude key collecting areas, after successful lobbying by art market trade bodies.

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