This December 2019, London Art Week launches the inaugural LAW Winter Symposium, to foster debate and learning among the public, international collectors, members of the art trade and museum professionals. Held in collaboration with our partner museum, The National Gallery, the 2019 Symposium will consist of three panel discussions, with our eminent speakers discussing different aspects of collecting.

MONDAY 2 DECEMBER, 2.30 – 5.30PM

Attendance is free, but places must be registered and booked in advance. Click here to book.


Introduction and Welcome by Gabriele Finaldi, Director, The National Gallery
Returning home: the significance and challenges of exhibitions that reunite historic collections in their original setting

  • Toto Bergamo Rossi, Curator, Domus Grimani; Director, Venetian Heritage Foundation
  • Silvia Davoli, Curator, Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill; Paul Mellon Research Curator, Strawberry Hill House; Associate Researcher, University of Oxford
  • Thierry Morel, Curator, Houghton Revisited; Director and Curator at Large (Hermitage Museum Foundation USA) and Trustee of the Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
  • Moderator: Thomas Stammers, Assistant Professor (Modern European Cultural History), Department of History, Durham University

Collecting today: what motivates private collectors and how do they envisage the future of their collections

  • Katrin Bellinger, Collector and Founder, Tavolozza Foundation
  • Claudio Gulli, Curator, Valsecchi collection at Palazzo Butera, Palermo
  • Keir McGuinness, Collector
  • Moderator: Justin Raccanello, LAW participant, specialist dealer in Italian ceramics

Changing questions: the role of museums in 2020 and how they can better engage with the public

  • Ketty Gottardo, Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery
  • Luke Syson, Director and Marlay Curator, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
  • Nicholas Thomas, Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Moderator: Martin Bailey, The Art Newspaper
DATE: Monday 2 December

TIME:  2.30pm – 5.30pm

LOCATION:  Sainsbury Wing Theatre, The National Gallery

For more information on speakers click here and to register, click here


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