Highlights from The Experts Theatre

Presenting a fantastic array of complimentary expert insight and advice from leading industry professionals, the Experts Theatre is simply a must-visit attraction at the Fair.

We are thrilled to announce some of the fantastic speakers who will be taking centre stage during the Fair to present compelling and thought-provoking talks. Topics will cover interiors, gardens, art, ceramics, notable artists and collections, and much more. 


The Pleasures and Perils of Collecting Ceramics

The Art & Antiques Fair | 19 - 28 June 2019 | Olympia | 160+ Art & Antique Dealers | Highlights from The Experts Theatre

Emily Tobin in conversation with Robin Cawdron-Stewart, Director of Modern British Department at Sotheby's and Marijke Varrall-Jones, Founder of MAAK

Wednesday 19 June, 11.30am
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.

Sewn and Sown: The Gardens of Restoration England

The Art & Antiques Fair | 19 - 28 June 2019 | Olympia | 160+ Art & Antique Dealers | Highlights from The Experts Theatre

Lucy Hughes-Hallett FRSL FHA

Friday 21 June, 1.30pm

The monarchist landowners returning from exile in 1660 brought with them from Holland or France new tastes in garden design, and a longing to put down roots. John Evelyn was one of many employed to create little Edens for them. Alongside the lake-digging and the tree-planting, there flourished a fashion for floral-patterned brocades, for printed chintzes and woven silks and embroideries showing sinuous vegetation curving around pillars and trellises, and for stumpwork – tiny gardens made of wool and silk. Both types of garden – those embroidered on textiles and those planted in the ground, feature in my novel, Peculiar Ground.

About Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Lucy is the author of The Pike: Gabriele d’Annunzio - which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Costa Biography Award - and of Cleopatra and Heroes. Her novel, Peculiar Ground was described as 'almost Tolstoyan in its sly wit and descriptive brilliance' (The Guardian) and 'full of drama, vivid characters, wit, gorgeous writing and fascinating detail’. (New York Times)

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Historical Association, she has reviewed for all of the UK’s serious newspapers and for Radio 3’s Night Waves, judged five literary prizes, and spoken at numerous literary festivals. She teaches Creative Writing at Arcadia University and at Arvon.

Lucy will be offering a book signing on The Arts Society stand at the Fair.

British Studio Pottery: A Concise History

The Art & Antiques Fair | 19 - 28 June 2019 | Olympia | 160+ Art & Antique Dealers | Highlights from The Experts Theatre

Helen Ritchie

Monday 24 June, 12pm

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.

About Helen Ritchie

Helen is a Curator of Modern Applied Arts at The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. Recent exhibitions include Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery (2018), Flux: Parian Unpacked and Designers and Jewellery 1850-1940: Jewellery and Metalwork from The Fitzwilliam Museum, for which she wrote the accompanying catalogue.

Helen is also the author of A Passionate Collector: Mrs Hull Grundy and Jewellery from the Harrogate Collection (2014). She studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the University of the Arts London, and has worked at numerous institutions including the Royal Collection Trust, Christie's, Harrogate Museums and the British Museum.

An Introduction to Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

The Art & Antiques Fair | 19 - 28 June 2019 | Olympia | 160+ Art & Antique Dealers | Highlights from The Experts Theatre

Belle Smith, National Gallery

Thursday 27 June, 2pm

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.

About Belle Smith

Belle Smith is an art historian and Gallery Educator who has worked in London museums and galleries for many years. She studied at Goldsmiths College and has an MA in the History of Art. She enjoys working with groups of all ages, from young children and teenagers to undergraduates and adults.

Miniature Masterpieces: Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau Jewellery

The Art & Antiques Fair | 19 - 28 June 2019 | Olympia | 160+ Art & Antique Dealers | Highlights from The Experts Theatre

Dr Sally Hoban

Friday 28 June, 12pm

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.

About Dr Sally Hoban

Sally has lectured extensively on art, design and antiques throughout the UK and at The University of Birmingham. She has broadcast on BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 4 and her publications include Miller’s Collecting Modern Design. She has an Honours certificate in public speaking from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and is a freelance arts journalist for local, national and international media. Sally has a PhD in the history of art and design from The University of Birmingham.

Decorating and Furnishing Period Homes with Antiques

BIID Associate Member Amanda Ransom, Amanda Ransom Design in conversation with Tim Corfield, expert at Corfield Morris

Friday 28 June, 2pm

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.