Talks & Highlight Tours

Talks & Highlights Tours

Talks Programme

Enjoy an insightful and inspiring talks programme hosted by speakers from leading museums and institutions.

Highlight Tours

Take one of our highlight tours to discover a hand-picked selection of exemplary pieces available to purchase from around the Fair. 

The 2019 programme has not yet been confirmed. You can view the 2018 programme below.

All talks and hightlight tours are free with a valid ticket.

TRANSCULTURAL DESIGN AND WORKING WITH CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Date: Tuesday 30 October  - 2.00pm

Speaker: Eliská Sapera - BIID member and interior designer

The blending of quintessential English, European, Middle Eastern and Oriental artefacts can create a distinct yet timeless interior.  BIID member and interior designer, Eliská Sapera, will be discussing how opulent key pieces provide reference points that anchor a design in a global context.

About: Eliská Sapera

With over 30-years of design experience, Eliská Sapera’s interior design work is known and in demand internationally. Eliská began her design career in the fashion industry, translating her success in this across to interiors and home styling.
Eliská is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design and a BIID Registered Interior Designer®, and an affiliate member of RIBA. Eliská featured in the Sunday Times as one of the Top 30 Interior Designers in England, whilst her London based practice has been shortlisted for the International Hotel and Property Awards.
Eliská is renowned for her skilful ability to combine the contemporary with the traditional to create a unique, timeless look. Reflective of her refined, global tastes Eliská brings an intelligent approach to reading different cultures and converting into design. Eliská seeks to blend quintessential English, European, Middle Eastern and Oriental features, to create a distinct yet enduring interior design style.

TRANSCULTURAL DESIGN AND WORKING WITH CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Roaring Twenties: Art, Design and High Society

Date: Thursday 1 November  - 2pm

Speaker: Jo Banham

Like its name, the Roaring Twenties was a loud and boisterous decade, marked by novelty, modernity and huge social, technological, and economic change. Following the dark days of the Great War, it spawned a generation of wealthy and privileged Bright Young Things who were determined to shock and who broke with the conventions of the past to pursue a life of hedonism and promiscuity, fuelled by an endless round of champagne, cocaine, parties and jazz.

The Roaring Twenties was also a period of enormous vitality in art and design. Fashionable society was immortalised by portraitists like John Lavery and Cecil Beaton who brilliantly captured the glamour of the age. Leisure, pleasure and the excitement of jazz were portrayed in paintings by Burra and Roberts, while the speed of the city and travel were explored in work by McKnight Kauffer and Nevinson.  Furniture and decoration showed the influence of Cubism, Vorticism and other styles associated with the avant-garde, while events like the discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb ushered in an obsession with all things Egyptian and Oriental.

This lecture aims to conjure up the energy and originality of the decade and to explore the lives of its leading figures and examples of its most innovative art and design.

This talk is offered courtesy of The Arts Society

About: Jo Banham

Jo is a freelance curator, lecturer and writer. Previously Head of Adult Learning at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and before that Head of Learning and Access at the National Portrait Gallery, and Head of Public Programmes at Tate Britain. She has also been Curator of Leighton House and Assistant Keeper at the Whitworth Art Gallery. She has published on many aspects of Victorian and early 20th century decoration and interiors. She is currently curating an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement for the Juan March Fundacion in Madrid and the Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya in Barcelona. She is also Director of the Victorian Society Summer School.

Roaring Twenties: Art, Design and High Society

Undressing Antiques

Date: Thursday 1 November - 6pm

Speaker: Mark Hill

“Antiques. I don’t understand them and they’re beyond my budget. They’re not for me.” A persuasive introduction to buying antiques and integrating and using them in today’s homes. The state of the antiques market and the different meanings of the word value are considered, and we take a look at what current and future generations of collectors are buying, why they are buying it and how they are displaying it.

About: Mark Hill

Mark Hill studied History of Art & Architecture (BA Hons), and began his career as a porter and Junior Cataloguer at Bonhams, before moving to Sotheby’s where he was a Specialist in the Collectors’ Department. He became director of an internet company forming and running a ground-breaking deal with eBay Live Auctions. Mark was co-author of the internationally published Collectables Price Guide with Judith Miller from 2002-17.  He founded his own publishing company in 2005 and has since published over 12 books on specialist subjects in 20th century design and decorative arts. A Miscellaneous expert on the Antiques Roadshow since 2007, he has also co-presented three primetime factual TV series on antiques and collecting for BBC2, and is an auctioneer running 20th century design auctions in partnership with Dawsons Auctioneers. Mark has lectured across the world, including at the V&A in London, and contributed to many newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London.

Undressing Antiques

Celebrated Artist Nick Bashall sketching live

Date: Thursday 1 November - CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Artist: Nick Bashall - exclusively represented by Fine Art Commissions, St James's.​

Come and see Nick at the Champagne Bar as he sketches a model in charcoal. The speed at which he can capture a likeness in this medium is fascinating and compelling to watch.

About: Nick Bashall

Nick Bashall is one of Britain’s leading portrait painters. Born in England and raised in Zimbabwe, Nick returned to the UK to study law at Cambridge - where he was also the heavyweight boxing blue. A stint in London with one of the big solicitors’ firms preceded six years working in Pakistan and Dubai, saving up the money to study painting full time. He then trained under the Spanish maestro Joaquin Torrents Llado in Majorca for five years before becoming a full time artist in London in 1997. Now, nearly twenty five years later he has earned a reputation as a prolific portrait artist. His many illustrious commissions include: HRH Princess Anne, The Royal Navy, HRH Princess Michael of Kent and the former head of the British army General Sir Michael Jackson. He is also renowned for his portraits of children, in both oil and charcoal.

Celebrated Artist Nick Bashall sketching live

Glazed tiles in Sultanate and Mughal India

Date: Friday 2 November  - 2.00pm

Speaker: Arthur Millner 

‘Glazed tiles in Sultanate and Mughal India’ : The Indian Subcontinent is celebrated for the richness of its architectural and decorative arts, but is perhaps less well known for glazed tilework which tends to be associated more with Persia and Central Asia. Nevertheless, despite their more limited use, tiles from the region display an extraordinary profusion of styles, colours and techniques. Arthur Millner will introduce this relatively unfamiliar subject, which is to be the focus of a forthcoming book

About: Arthur Millner

After university at Cambridge, Arthur Millner received his training at Sotheby's and SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) where he received an MA in Indian Studies. For several years he ran a gallery specialising in Indian and Islamic Art in Kensington. More recently he has worked as a freelance consultant, writer and lecturer in the field, working for a wide range of private, commercial and institutional clients. His book, Damascus Tiles, was published by Prestel in 2015. 

Glazed tiles in Sultanate and Mughal India

highlight tour of the fair

Date: Friday 2 November - 3pm

Curated by independent art advisor Vanessa Curry, join our experts on a journey of discovery through a hand-picked selection of 8 -10 exemplary pieces around the Fair. The tour will include examples of objet d’art, jewellery, visual art and furniture, providing both historical and current market overview.  

highlight tour of the fair

ART DECO & ALL THAT JAZZ

Date: Saturday 3 November - 2pm

Speaker: Eric Knowles

Although usually associated with the 1920s and '30s, the Art Deco style had already begun to emerge in France prior to the First World War. However, it was during the interwar years that the style, reaching full maturity, would be embraced across the world as the ultimate expression of modernity, elegance and refined taste. Art Deco design is redolent of the Jazz Age, conjuring images of society cocktail parties, the Charleston and Hollywood in this great but doomed era of excess. But this was also an age that saw momentous technological advances in engineering and transportation, and Art Deco is a feature, too, of the streamlined profiles of high-speed trains, ocean liners, and aircraft.

Within this talk TV antiques expert Eric Knowles provides a lavishly illustrated personal narrative and guide to this most alluring and enduring of styles.

This talk is offered courtesy of The Arts Society

About: Eric Knowles

Eric is an Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society. He has broadcast for thirty years with the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has over twenty five years' experience lecturing to museums and galleries around the world, including the V&A, British Museum and Ashmolean Museum,  along with countless antique societies in the UK.

ART DECO & ALL THAT JAZZ

HIGHLIGHT TOUR OF THE FAIR

Date: Saturday 3 November - 3pm

Curated by independent art advisor Vanessa Curry, join our experts on a journey of discovery through a hand-picked selection of 8 -10 exemplary pieces around the Fair. The tour will include examples of objet d’art, jewellery, visual art and furniture, providing both historical and current market overview.  

HIGHLIGHT TOUR OF THE FAIR