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The Art Business Conference is returning to London on Tuesday 10 September.

For all those involved in buying, selling or caring for art, whether as a gallery owner, operations director, art advisor, studio manager, foundation, private collector, auctioneer or museum professional, this conference covers the key aspects of running an art business or collection.  

The conference will include presentations, panel discussions and Q&A's, where industry experts will share specialist advice and insight on the market, from best practice to the latest updates in legislation.  In the Business Pavilion, attendees can meet our speakers and exhibitors to continue the discussions and expand their art business network.   

Ticket prices include entry to all sessions, breakfast networking, refreshments, lunch and post-conference networking drinks.


Tuesday 10 September, 2024 

Our London programme will be confirmed here soon.

Meet our Conference Chair

Georgina Adam 

Georgina Adam has spent many decades writing about the art market and the arts in general. She is editor-at-large for The Art Newspaper and a contributor to the Financial Times. She initially studied Islamic Art at the Ecole du Louvre and also lived for five years in Japan. She has written two books about the art market – Big Bucks (Lund Humphries, 2014) and Dark Side (Lund Humphries, 2018) and a third book, The Rise and Rise of Private Museums, came out in September 2021. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and The International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA).

Meet our speakers

Guillaume Cerutti    

Guillaume Cerutti has been Chief Executive Officer of Christie's since December 2016.  He has been active in the artworld for more than 20 years, working closely with collectors across the globe.  He first held positions in non-commercial organisations, as Managing Director for the Pompidou Centre and then as Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Culture in France.  His previous background was focused on economics and finance.  Mr. Cerutti also served for three years as the head of the French national competition agency, and is the author of numerous articles, reports and a book on cultural policies.  He is based in London.

Under his tenure at Christie’s, the company continues to support 70 categories of business with a global presence across 45 physical locations.   Christie’s has been entrusted with the sales of major Collections (Rockefeller in 2018, Ebsworth in 2019, Cox in 2021, Bass, Getty and Allen in 2022, Rothschild in 2023 and Barbier-Mueller in 2024).   It has also established the records for a work of art sold at live auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi) and online auction (Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5,000 Days).

     Charotte Appleyard     

Charlotte Appleyard is Director of Development & Business Innovation at the Royal Academy of Arts. She previously worked at Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and in the curatorial departments at The National Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

In 2012 she published "Corporate Art Collections: A Handbook" a history and survey of corporate collections. She served as a trustee of Turner Contemporary and the Institute of Contemporary Arts and currently sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs; Evening Standard London Recovery Board and is a trustee of the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation.

She is currently working on a book on the history of creativity and is a graduate of Oxford University, the Courtauld Institute and Harvard Business School.

Fatoş Üstek  

Fatoş Üstek is an independent curator and writer, working internationally. She is the author of The Art Institution of Tomorrow, Reinventing the Model (2024), Co-founder and Managing Director of non-profit community interest company FRANK Fair Artist Pay, and Curator of Frieze Sculpture in London, Curator of Cascading Principles Expansions within Geometry, Philosophy and Interference at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford University. Alongside leading international projects, she holds governance roles in arts organizations: in the UK (Chair, New Contemporaries), Netherlands (editorial advisory, Extra Extra Magazine), and Germany (advisory board, Urbane Kuenste Ruhr). Üstek is a member of the International Association of Art Critics AICA UK, ICI, IKT and founding member of AWITA (Association of Women in the Arts).

She was previously Director of the Liverpool Biennial, Director of the Roberts Institute of Art, Curator of Art Night, London (2017), Curator of fig-2 50 exhibitions 50 weeks, ICA London (2015) and Associate Curator of the 10th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2014).

She has commissioned a number of projects in the public realm in the UK and in Turkey. Üstek has also taken on multiple jury roles for international art prizes and biennales, including Turner Prize 2020, the Scottish Pavilion 2022 and the Dutch pavilion in 2022 and 2024 at the Venice Biennale and Jindrich Chalupecky Society Award (2022-2024). She nominates for prestigious prizes such as the Jarman Award and the Fourth Plinth, among others.

Jennifer Schipf

Jennifer Schipf is AXA XL’s Global Chief Underwriter for Fine Art & Specie. In this role she is responsible for setting worldwide strategy, Underwriting guidelines and ultimate profitability. She’s been dedicated to the highly specialized market of fine art underwriting for nearly twenty years and helped establish the AXA Art Prize. She previously led the organization’s North American Fine Art & Specie team while also serving as leader of Broker and Client Management for North American Specialty.  Prior to joining AXA XL in 2008, she led the US Fine Art underwriting practice at another carrier and held various roles in claims, settling losses and performing loss control assessments for private collector clients. 

She started her career with a research position in the Old Master Drawings department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. followed by development roles at both the Chazen Museum and Tandem Press, in Madison, WI.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Economics from Georgetown University with a concentration in the Italian Renaissance and Patronage of the Papacy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is actively engaged in various arts organizations, teaches fine art underwriting courses and regularly participates in industry educational conferences. 

 Charlene Prempeh  

Charlene Prempeh is the founder of A Vibe Called Tech, a Black-owned creative agency that is dedicated to approaching creativity through an intersectional lens. Charlene is also an Financial Times HTSI columnist and contributing editor who writes about design, travel, and culture.  

After studying PPE at Oxford University, she began a career in marketing and worked at some of the UK’s most prominent media platforms and art institutions including the BBC, The Guardian, and Frieze. More recently, she launched A Vibe Called Tech to encourage a culturally diverse lens in design, technology, arts, and culture by spearheading partnerships, events, research, and workshops across London and through her journalism and consultancy work.

Since its establishment in 2018, A Vibe Called Tech has worked with brands including Gucci, Stine Goya, Faber, Frieze and institutions like Whitechapel Gallery, White Cube, RA and V&A East to deliver ambitious creative output that nourishes communities. In 2022, the agency launched Turned A, a cultural merchandising project which seeks to amplify key messages of the creative agency’s projects and its Art Consultancy arm, established to help clients connect seamlessly with artists.

Charlene currently consults for the Royal Academy of Arts on partnerships and development, is on the editorial board of the Tate Magazine, a Dezeen Awards 2022 judge and is Chair of the Frieze 91 committee.

Eliza Easton  

Eliza (Erskine) Easton is a creative industries expert who has published more than thirty policy and research papers, including on arts funding in England, research and development, the UK’s export strategy, the changing skills needs of the economy, and the impact of Covid-19 on diversity in the creative industries. She runs her own think tank, Erskine Analysis, which recently published a major commission on Keeping the UK's Creative Industries Globally Competitive with University of the Arts London.

Before Erskine Analysis, Eliza spent five years as Head of Policy and then Deputy Director of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre – an £8m Government and AHRC funded research and policy centre, based at Nesta. Prior to this, she was part of the founding team of the Creative Industries Federation (now CreativeUK).

 Eliza was a Cambridge University Policy Fellow from 2020-2022, and is now an RSA Fellow and a Research Associate at the Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge. She is a trustee for arts charity Gerry’s Pompeii which preserves the legacy of outsider artist Gerry Dalton.

Alongside her research work, Eliza writes literary reviews and essays - often about her favourite author, P.G. Wodehouse. Before working in policy research, she studied History of Art at the University of Oxford, after which she worked for a year as an assistant curator at Waddesdon Manor. 

Melanie Gerlis  

Melanie Gerlis became the weekly art market columnist for the Financial Times in 2016. She was previously Art Market Editor for The Art Newspaper (2007-2016), before which she was a financial communications adviser at Finsbury in the City of London (1996-2005)She has a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. 

A freelancer, Gerlis also writes about the art business for The TimesVanity Fair and Spear’s Magazine. In addition to her work as a journalist, Gerlis has authored books on the art market including Art as an Investment? (2014) and The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride (2021), both published by Lund Humphries. She is a regular commentator on art market trends and developments, frequently appearing on television and radio programmes to discuss the latest news in the art world.

Dr. Roman Kräussl  


Dr. Roman Kräussl is Professor of Finance at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and Research Fellow at the Center for Financial Studies (CFS). He received his PhD in Financial Economics from Goethe-University, Frankfurt. 

His research focuses on Alternative Investments, including private equity, infrastructure, art, and green finance. When he engages with the industry, he mostly consults on art as an asset class, dealing with valuation of artworks and construction of art market indices. His work analyzes the market performance of art and of individual artists in order to help investors evaluate and optimise different portfolio allocations. 

He regularly writes for Manager Magazin, the leading German monthly business magazine, on art as an investment. His academic research has been published in leading economic journals such as The Journal of FinanceThe Review of Financial Studies, and Management Science. Some of his research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Economist, the New York TimesForbes' Annual Investment Guide, Fortune, the Guardian and on CNBC. 

In addition to this experience, he has taught numerous Executive MBA courses at the Amsterdam School of Finance at VU University Amsterdam, at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, Atlanta, USA, and at Bayes Business School. He has recently developed the Art & Finance Executive Teaching Program in cooperation with Christie's Education London. 

Jane Morris  

Jane Morris is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and editorial strategist who specialises in the visual arts. She is an editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper and Cultureshock and contributes to the Economist, Monocle, Apollo, the Art Newspaper and Tortoise. She was the editor of The Art Newspaper for almost a decade. She was previously head of editorial at the Museums Association, and a judge of the European Museum of the Year Award. She has contributed to BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Monocle 24 radio, and has written for national newspapers including The Guardian and The Independent. She studied fine art at University of the Arts London (Central St Martin’s), and journalism at City University, London.

Charlotte Stewart  

Charlotte Stewart has spent 16 years in the secondary fine art market, starting her career at Christie’s auction house, before leaving to consult a number of online secondary market online art platforms looking to disrupt the traditional structures preventing access and control for collectors. As the Managing Director of MyArtBroker, a unique art and tech business, she runs a unique trading platform for blue-chip prints as an investment asset, aiming to create control, transparency and access in the most investable of art markets: Prints & Editions. In the last 3 years MyArtBroker has developed technology to launch the first 100% ownership trading floor. We have also leveraged this technology to create a collection management system that tracks value in real time against the most comprehensive data sets in the industry.

India Phillips  

India Phillips is Managing Director Bonhams UK. She was appointed in January 2022, and is based in New Bond Street in London. In 2023, Bonhams UK established numerous world records including the sale of Tipu Sultan’s sword which achieved £14m. In 2024, New Bond Street saleroom held The Crown Auction which had 10,000 visitors to the preview.

Raised in Edinburgh, India studied History of Art at Cambridge. Joining Bonhams in 2014, India was formerly Global Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, where she oversaw the most successful year in the department's history in 2018. She brings significant experience to her role as Managing Director, Bonhams UK - from the museum sector, and both Christie's and Sotheby's - in presenting private collection sales, sourcing important works of art from an international network of collectors, and working with clients to focus on and build their collections.

Jasmin Pelham  

Jasmin Pelham, Founder and CEO, Pelham Communications 

With over 25 years of experience in cultural communications, Jasmin sets the strategic direction of Pelham and leads its senior team. She has comprehensive oversight over the agency’s full range of clients, departments and international offices.  With Lisson Gallery as her first client, she founded Pelham in 2004, building on her experience of the consumer sector to focus on art. Today, she provides consultancy on high-level communication matters such as brand strategy, crisis communications, reputation management, thought leadership and key opinion leader engagement.  Jasmin has consulted for public institutions such as Whitechapel Gallery, Ikon and the Royal Academy of Arts, as well as private organisations including Samdani Art Foundation in Bangladesh, K11 in China and MACAAL in Morocco. She is closely involved in launching Wadi AlFann, a new global cultural destination in AlUla, as well as the new contemporary art museum there. She also works with Public Art Abu Dhabi, a cultural infrastructure and placemaking initiative from DCT. Jasmin has advised governments on cultural strategy, worked with Royal families and serves on the boards of Somerset House, International Catalogue Raisonne Association and Migrate Art. 

Rebecca Anne Proctor  

Rebecca Anne Proctor is an independent journalist, editor, author and broadcaster based in Dubai and Rome from where she covers the Middle East and Africa. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Art and Harper’s Bazaar Interiors. Her writing has been published in Artnet News, Frieze, The New York Times Style Magazine; Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East, BBC Worldwide, Galerie, South China Morning Post, Vogue Arabia, Wallpaper, The National, Architectural Digest, Monocle, Arab News, Al-Monitor, The Defense Post, The Forward, The Jewish Insider and The Business of Fashion. She is the author of Art in Saudi Arabia: A New Creativity Economy? written with Alia Al-Senussi and published by Lund Humphries in November 2023.

Rebecca obtained her M. Litt from Christie’s London/University of Glasgow in Modern and Contemporary Art History after completing a thesis on Afro-Cuban Religious Influences on Post-Revolutionary Cuban Art: Redefining National Identity. She then worked at Gagosian Gallery before moving to Paris to pursue a double Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Conflict Resolution from the American University of Paris, and a Master’s in Sociologie des Conflits (Sociology of Conflicts) from the L’Institut Catholique.

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