Experts Theatre Schedule

The Experts Theatre is the perfect hub to gather invaluable insight and inspiration from leading industry professionals.

These thought-provoking talks will cover a variety of topics including interiors, gardens, art, ceramics, notable artists and collections, and much more. 

Experts Theatre 2019

Wed 19 Jun 11:30 to 12:15

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Speakers:

Emily Tobin
Arts & Features Editor at House & Garden
Robin Cawdron-Stewart
Deputy Director of Modern British Department at Sotheby's
Marijke Varrall-Jones
Founder of MAAK

Presentation title

The pleasures and perils of collecting ceramics

At a time when sales of ceramics are reaching record prices, Emily Tobin, Arts & Features Editor at House & Garden, Robin Cawdron-Stewart, Director of the Modern British Department at Sotheby’s and Marijke Varrall-Jones, Director of Maak, the online ceramic auction house, discuss the pleasures and perils of buying ceramics and why the medium is appealing to a new generation of collectors.

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Wed 19 Jun 12:30 to 13:15

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Speakers:

Harriet Forde
BIID, President Elect
Brian Woulfe
Designed by Woulfe
Rosie Winston
Clifton Interiors, Interior Architecture and Design
Henry Prideaux
Henry Prideaux Interior Design

Presentation title

How an interior designer can add value to your project

Harriet Forde, BIID president elect will be chairing the discussion, and will be joined by BIID Members and interior designers Brian Woulfe of Designed by Woulfe, Rosie Winston of Clifton Interiors, Interior Architecture and Design and Henry Prideaux of Henry Prideaux Interior Design.

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Sun 23 Jun 12:00 to 12:45

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Speakers:

Vanessa Curry
Fine Art Source

Presentation title

Collecting Art & Antiques: the essentials guide

From provenance to price, transportation to tax, this talk will build attendee’s knowledge on the essential skills that contribute to buying art and antiques well.  We will also think about how to navigate negotiation conversations and think about the what happens when you get your treasure home - from installation to maintenance.  The talk will be 45 minutes plus questions.   

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Mon 24 Jun 12:00 to 12:45

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Speakers:

Helen Ritchie
Curator of Modern Applied Arts at The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Presentation title

British studio pottery: A concise history

Helen Ritchie will present an overview of the British Studio Pottery movement, exploring handmade pottery in Britain from the last decades of the nineteenth century to the present day, including the work of the Martin Brothers, Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Alison Britton and Grayson Perry.

This talk is in association with The Arts Society.

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Mon 24 Jun 14:00 to 14:45

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Speakers:

Daniel Robbins
Senior Curator

Presentation title

THE NEW LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM: FROM HIDDEN GEM TO NATIONAL TREASURE

Leighton House Museum, the spectacular former studio-house of eminent Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, is about to embark on the final phase of a monumental restoration project which commenced almost ten years ago, with phases 1 and 2 that aimed to reinstate the house interiors as Leighton knew them. The phase 3, the final one and the most ambitious, will culminate in 2021 to safeguard the long term future of the historic fabric, create much-needed new facilities and enhance the overall visitor experience.

Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins, will present details of the restoration from the outset and share a sneak peek of how the new Leighton House Museum will be presented to the public when it reopens in all its splendor.

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Wed 26 Jun 12:00 to 12:45

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Speakers:

Jennifer Wearden
COURSE DIRECTOR, V&A

Presentation title

THE HISTORY OF TEXTILES: FROM 24,000 BC TO THE PRESENT DAY

This tour de force history of textiles from Palaeolithic string to thermochromatic fabrics will consider the fragility of textiles, the importance of trade, the development of new technologies and the preservation of manual skills. It will identify surviving textiles from Egypt and Central Asia, trace the spread of sericulture, marvel at Medieval European tapestries and embroidery, note the importance of lace, carpets, chintz and knitting and acknowledge the wealth of designs associated with printed cottons, with modern methods of production and 20th century schools of art. It will be well-illustrated, delivered without hesitation, repetition or deviation and will allow time for questions.

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Wed 26 Jun 16:00 to 16:45

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Speakers:

Mark Hill
Antiques Expert
Nina Campbell
Interior Designer
India Hicks
Designer, Entrepreneur & Best-selling Author
Iven Macquisten
Writer, commentator, analyst, collector and campaigner in the international art market

Presentation title

ANTIQUES IN INTERIOR DESIGN - ANYTHING BUT DULL...

Like our guests, Nina Campbell, India Hicks, Mark Hill and Ivan Macquisten, designing with antiques in the 21st century is anything but dull. Join us for a lively conversation lead by the brilliant (and fabulously witty) Ivan Macquisten as he takes us into the visual worlds of Nina, India and Mark. Learn about their love affairs with antiques and how integrating them into contemporary design is an art that elevates all interiors from the most formal to the most bohemian.  

Following the talk, join us for libations and an intimate book signing. 

Sponsored by The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia and Ronati.

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Thu 27 Jun 12:00 to 12:45

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Speakers:

Markus Voigt
Contributing Editor for HALI Magazine

Presentation title

SUZANI. FLOWERS FROM THE DESERT - SILK DOWRY EMBROIDERIES FROM CENTRAL ASIA

The exuberant beauty of central Asian embroideries has fascinated collectors over the years but there are still many questions about their exact place of origin and date of manufacture.

Delving into the aesthetics and meanings of the artworks can prove as difficult as a western traveller’s journey into Central Asia in the 19th century. This talk will offer inroads into exploring the facts we know so far and explain different theories about the missing information.

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Thu 27 Jun 14:00 to 14:45

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Speakers:

Belle Smith
National Gallery

Presentation title

An introduction to Sorolla: Spanish master of light

The National Gallery is currently showing the first exhibition in modern times in London devoted to the work of the Spanish artist Joachin Sorolla. He lived until 1923 and his wide range of work from sun filled landscape and genre scenes, to portraits, social themes and nudes, was hugely popular in his lifetime, but fell out of favour after his death. This brief introduction will contribute to the growing efforts to bring his wonderful work back before the public eye.

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Fri 28 Jun 12:00 to 12:45

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Speakers:

Dr Sally Hoban
Lecturer

Presentation title

Miniature masterpieces: Arts and crafts and Art Nouveau jewellery

The Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th century brought with it a revival of traditional, handmade jewellery production utilising semi-precious stones, enamel and silver. The designers of these jewels trained using centuries old techniques without the use of machinery and their work is becoming increasingly valuable today. This lecture presented by Dr Sally Hoban looks at the work of designers such as Charles Ashbee, Bernard Instone, Arthur and Georgina Gaskin, George Hunt and Archibald Knox and also the silver and enamel jewellery produced by Haseler’s in Birmingham for Liberty and Company in London.

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Fri 28 Jun 14:00 to 14:45

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Speakers:

Amanda Ransom
BIID Associate Member
Tim Corfield
Expert at Corfield Morris

Presentation title

Decorating and furnishing period homes with antiques

Amanda Ransom, BIID member and historic interiors specialist at interior design firm Amanda Ransom Design will be in conversation with Tim Corfield, expert at antique curators Corfield Morris. They will discuss the pleasures and challenges of decorating homes in period style and how to plan for and buy antiques.

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