Market Matters – part of The New Economy of Art series of debates

Market Matters – part of The New Economy of Art series of debates


March 10, 2012
Market Matters – part of The New Economy of Art series of debates

To book:

Wednesday 14 March 2012, 6.30–8.00pm


Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL


Tickets: 4.00 GBP


Market Matters will explore the complex and overlapping motivations behind various kinds of ‘art market’ from commercial galleries, private dealers and auction houses to art fairs, online selling and gift economies. The debate will provoke thinking about how artistic practice intersects with and creates its own economies. 


Speakers Louisa Buck, Kate MacGarry and Matt Roberts will set the scene before an open dialogue with the audience.


This debate is part of The New Economy of Art – a series of open discussions that focus on the economic developments, and opportunities in the cultural sector that impact on artists. It will share knowledge and provoke action to enable artists to influence the future ecologies and economies in which they operate.


The New Economy of Art is a collaboration between Artquest, the Contemporary Art Society and DACS.




Louisa Buck is a writer and broadcaster on contemporary art. Louisa is the London contemporary art columnist for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular reviewer on BBC radio and TV. Her latest book A Place for Art: the Contemporary Art Commissioner’s Handbook will be published by Thames & Hudson later this year. 


Kate MacGarry is founder and director of a contemporary art gallery in east London. Established in 2002, the gallery represents international artists including Goshka Macuga, Dr Lakra, Francis Upritchard and Marcus Coates. Before opening the gallery Kate worked on various projects in the visual arts for eight years, most recently as a curator for a private collection, and as a co-ordinator on projects with artists in public spaces. Visit


Matt Roberts is a curator, lecturer and visual arts correspondent. He is also founder of Matt Roberts Arts – a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing practical career advice to artists. Matt has exhibited over 500 artists at galleries across the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Israel and also helped to establish the Airspace gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. Visit


For further information about The New Economy of Art series please visit


About the organisers:


Artquest provides critical engagement and practical support to London’s visual artists and craftspeople, working with practitioners in London throughout their careers. Visit for more information. 


The Contemporary Art Society was founded in 1910, and exists to support and develop public collections of contemporary art in the UK. For more information visit


DACS (the Design and Artists Copyright Society) is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. Established by artists for artists, DACS translates rights into revenues and recognition for visual artists and their heirs. For more information visit


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