How To Collect Contemporary Art

Led by the internationally acclaimed Whitechapel Gallery, this course provides an essential overview of visual art from the 1960s to the present, offering opportunities to meet leading collectors, artists and gallerists. The course culminates with a preview of the Frieze Art Fair and The Whitechapel Auction, both perfect places to begin your own collection.

The course, which costs £595, starts on 7 September and places are limited.
To book call + 44 (0)20 7522 7870
or email

From Warhol to Whiteread
Thursday 7 September, 6.30 – 8.30pm
At Penny Govett’s studio and house, Hoxton Square, N1.
Whitechapel Director Iwona Blazwick offers an indispensable guide to art from the 1960s to the present. Beginning with Pop Art the session moves through Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Performance Art to Arte Povera, Land Art, Postmodernism and Young British Artists. Discussion focuses on leading artists in these movements including Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Piero Manzoni, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Followed by a drinks reception.

How to Collect
Thursday 14 September
6.30 – 8.30pm, Whitechapel Gallery
Learn from some of the most respected collectors in the world, as Alistair Hicks, art advisor for the Deutsche Bank Collection, and Alex Sainsbury, private collector, talk about their experiences with Martin Raymond, co-founder of The Future Laboratory and editor of trends, culture and futures journal View Point. Deutsche Bank has assembled the world’s largest corporate art collection with over 50,000 works of art. Alistair Hicks outlines it’s changing focus from modernism to the international and contemporary focus it has today. Alex Sainsbury has been collecting art since 1993 and talks about his experiences. After establishing the independent arts organisation Peer and running 38 Langham Street Gallery, he is currently building a new gallery space in Spitalfields, East London, due to open in 2008.

Meet the Makers
Saturday 23 September, 10.30am – 5pm
Whitechapel Gallery and artists studios
A unique chance to meet some of the most exciting contemporary artists in a specially arranged guided tour of ACME and Tudor Grove. ACME studios is the largest provider of studio space in the UK and this tour visits their Bonner Road studios in East London. Tudor Grove, part of the Olympian Arts Trust, is a small haven of six studios where you can see work by established artists. Over lunch at the Whitechapel, Godfrey Barker, art market writer for The Evening Standard & The Daily Telegraph, talks about the investment potential of collecting contemporary art.

Artists include;
ACME; Caroline McCarthy/David Waterworth/ Marion Coutts/ Dave King/ Alan Brooks/ Virgina Verran/ Anthony Whishaw RA

Tudor Grove: Fiona Banner/ Simon English/ Margarita Gluzberg/ Kevin Francis Gray/ Anne Hardy/ Bridget Smith

Where to Buy
Saturday 30 September, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Whitechapel Gallery and gallery’s tour
Following an exclusive breakfast viewing and curator-led tour of Pierre Klossowski and Hans Bellmer at the Whitechapel, this special guided tour offers the chance to meet the directors of some of the leading commercial galleries in London. The Whitechapel is at the heart of East London which, as home to thousands of artists and over 140 galleries, is Europe’s largest cultural quarter. The galleries tour includes IBID Projects, Vilma Gold, FRED, One in the Other, Victoria Miro and Parasol Unit. Lunch at Bistrotheque.

Frieze Art Fair Preview
Wednesday 11 October, 2 – 6.30pm, Regents Park
Now in its fourth year, the Frieze Art Fair has become a must-see for collectors all over the world. Exclusive tickets to the preview ensure the first glimpse of over 160 of the best international galleries and a chance to start your own collection. Course leader Bridget Ashley-Miller leads a personal tour of the highlights of the 2006 Fair.

The Whitechapel Auction
Friday 13 October, 8.30 – 10am Sotheby’s, New Bond Street
A private curator-led breakfast viewing of works donated by leading international artists to raise funds for the Whitechapel’s £10 million expansion.

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