Getting started – Collecting art for beginners

Getting started – Collecting art for beginners

Panel Discussion: 6.00pm Friday 28 October 2016 @ NERAM

Anyone can start an art collection at any time and once you get the hang of it, it can be easy and addictive.

If you want to find out more about collecting art and have questions about what is involved, or want to know some of the issues to be aware of and get some tips on getting started then come along to hear from a number of gallerists about what is involved in building and looking after an art collection.

This panel discussion will also be of interest to anyone with an art collection of their own whether they are just starting out or looking to renovate their home to add enough space for their art.

Artists and collectors of all types are invited to come along and join the discussion with:

  • Akky van Ogtrop, Curator, art historian, valuer and President, Print Council of Australia

An articulate advocate for collecting works on paper,  Akky studied at the Royal Academy of the Arts in the Netherlands and has worked for many years in the Australian art world including at Stadia Graphics Gallery, Biennale of Sydney and now running Akky van Ogtrop Fine Arts. In 1989 she established the Sydney Art on Paper Fair which ran every two years until 2005 and in 2015 co-ordinated the Paper Contemporary program at the Sydney Contemporary artfair. Akky has been involved with the Print Council of Australia for many years as a board member and as President, and is currently overseeing The Year of Print – the PCA’s 50th anniversary national program of activities in 2016.

  • Carley McLaren, Director, Walcha Gallery of Art, Walcha

A passion for the local arts community led Carley McLaren to change from a busy career in human resources to art galleries with the establishment of the Walcha Gallery of Art in 2009. Quickly gaining a reputation for excellence and quality exhibitions the gallery exhibits a number of artists from the region including Stephen King, Angus Nivison, James Rogers and Kate Durack. The Gallery’s philosophy is to establish a space dedicated to good design – a place for artists to exhibit in a contemporary setting and sell their works to local and travelling clientele. Carley has also been working with collectors, artists and galleries in Sydney to make Walcha a must-see destination for travelling art lovers.

  • Anne and Stuart Boggs, Gallery 126, Armidale

Proprietors Stuart & Anne Boggs took over what was then a small picture framing business in Armidale in 1999 and expanded it into a three faceted business based around art; fine art materials, custom framing & art gallery.  Gallery 126 was opened in 2002 and is a major venue in Armidale for showcasing the diverse works of local artists including Stuart Boggs, Robyn Jackson, Isabelle Devos, Rosalie Rigby, Elouise Roberts, David Mackay,  Lin Quaife, Anna Curtis, Anna Henderson to name a few.  The two gallery spaces host exhibitions which appeal to local and visiting collectors. As a practicing artist Stuart comes with an extensive exhibiting history, having shown widely in Sydney and New England, and this combined with Anne’s organizational skills from her teaching career have contributed to the success of Gallery 126.

The panel will be moderated by Robert Heather, Art Museum Director, NERAM

RSVP by email 

Entry by donation- wine, cheese and conversation afterwards.

Presented in association with the 31st Packsaddle Fundraising exhibition – artworks will be on sale on the night. Profits go towards acquiring new works for the NERAM collection.

Angus Nivison
Portrait of Chandler Coventry OAM 1995 (detail)
oil on canvas
Gift of Bill and Anne Burge 1995
NERAM Collection

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