Do we care? Should we care? Issues surrounding the conservation of contemporary art

7pm start, followed by drinks reception, Tuesday 19 May

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

At our annual Hiscox debate we'll be exploring issues surrounding the permanence and future value of contemporary art. We have an expert speaker panel, which includes:

  • Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Sandra Smith, Head of Conservation at the V&A
  • Kenny Schachter, dealer and collector
  • Gary Webb, artist
  • Robert Hiscox, Honorary President of Hiscox and contemporary art collector.

This debate arises from growing concerns among those associated with the art market about the impermanence of contemporary art and the unique challenges that it brings, such as the many forms of media used in contemporary art and hence the likely impact on their long-term monetary investment value. It will touch on which areas of the art world are responsible for the longevity of contemporary artworks, and how this corresponds to their present and future values.

Special thanks to Penny Bendall for her work in organising this event. Penny is an experienced conservator, Royal Warrant Holder, lecturer at Sotheby's Institute and Christie's Education as well as trustee for ICON and The Plowden Medal.

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This event is in partnership with Hiscox Insurance

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