How much are you willing to risk? An art world panel discussion with industry insiders.

5 Sep 2018

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10:00 – 18:00

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From £5.98 – £16.76

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Cass Art | Islington

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Do you ever find yourself wondering how works of art that are in a show, in the store at an art prize location or in transit are doing? Might pieces be getting damaged or worse, destroyed? Are such practical concerns hindering your artistic ambition?


Panellists include Katie Spragg, an artist working in (often fragile) three dimensions, Laura Uccello, an art shipper & handler and Adam Prideaux, an art insurer. The moderator is Susan J Mumford, art business specialist and entrepreneur.

With a talk designed to provide practical insights and know-how from some of the best, our intention is to help attendees sleep better, understanding what’s at risk and helping you to understand how to do what you can to protect art and business interests alike. 

This talk is suitable for artists and curators from emerging right through to and including mid-career, for this topic is continually evolving with changes to legislation, taxation and more.

The discussion will cover the following points and more:

- Hearing real-life case studies from each panellist that demonstrate the importance of evaluating risk before it’s too late, which also provide insight into packing, transporting and protecting art. Some stories can be hair-raising yet informative at the same time! (In our experience, talks about insurance and shipping are surprisingly exciting and enlightening, owing to the stories told.)

- Creative vision: How to weigh up ambitious concepts versus practical concerns… and understanding when to compromise (or not).

- Taking risks – trial and error (based on speakers’ experiences). 

- Top tips on transporting, installing and protecting works of art. This also includes basics on associated paperwork. 

- Understanding the intricacies and risks of showing fine art on and beyond the white walls and plinths of corporate collections and public art galleries. 

- The impacts of busy exhibition environments such as art fairs or trade shows on the way you install and protect works of art. 

- Learning about consignment notes, risk registers and other forms of documentation – for one-person and small creative enterprises who are time poor. 


A Q&A session with the audience will follow the facilitated conversation.

**The first 15 tickets to this talk are half-price!**​

6.30 - 7.00pm: Arrivals, registration and networking*

7.00 - 8.30pm: Talk with Q&A

8.30 - 9.00pm: Open networking

9.00pm: Departures 

*Attendees to this BSAA - CASS ART talk receive a special 10% discount on in-store shopping at CASS ART Islington on the evening, immediately prior to the event starting. Put together your art supplies shopping list and take advantage of this talk bonus. 




Adam is an art insurance broker and works for Hallett Independent. As well as arranging insurances and settling claims for art dealers, galleries, museums, private collectors, family offices and auction houses, he also advises them on risk management strategies to maximise cover for the lowest premium, whilst reducing their administrative costs. 

With considerable experience in art insurance, Adam lectures regularly to museums and galleries. He has also co-authored the Guide to Museum Insurance published by the Museums, Archives and Libraries Council (MLA). 

Adam started his career at Spink Fine Art in 1986 and has maintained very close contact with the art world ever since. He is passionate about museums and, as well as being a Founding Patron and member of the Hope Appeal Committee to restore the Watts Gallery, he is also a Trustee of the South London Gallery. He is a patron of Tate, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Chisenhale Gallery, Studio Voltaire and the Showroom.


Katie combines clay with a range of processes including animation, illustration and installation to create work that aims to arouse curiosity. Whether through sharing a story or conjuring a collective memory, her practice highlights the forgotten sources of joy and amusement that surround us. Her latest body of work seeks to remind us of the wonder of being outside in nature.

Katie Spragg is based in London, UK, she graduated with first class honours from BA 3D Materials Practice at Brighton University in 2010 before completing and an MA Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2016. She has exhibited, held residencies and taught ceramics at institutions both nationally and internationally – including South Korea, Denmark and Germany. Recent achievements include the acquisition of her piece Hedgerow by the Victoria and Albert Museum, shortlisted for the British Ceramics Biennale AWARD show, Her first solo show at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House in 2018 as well as two digital works exhibited to coincide with the exhibition of Monet’s Haystacks: Snow Effect at Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, her animations featured in the British Crafts Council’s touring film festival Real to Reel, commissioned to run a project for the TATE Exchange programme as a member of the collective Collective Matter, being twice selected for the Charlotte Fraser Award during her time at the RCA.


Laura is the Business Development Manager for leading fine art logistics provider Momentous. She has vast experience in Collection Management and Strategic Partnerships within London and New York. She has advised private and institutional collections on best practices in the fields of transport, storage and conservation. In 2015, she received her MSc in Art, Law and Business from Christie’s Education-University of Glasgow. 


A game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established in 2010 while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA's motto: `'Art is your life. Make it your living." While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK and also in the USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.

Follow Susan on Instagram at @susanjmumford


ACCESS: This venue is wheelchair accessible with step-free access from side entrance on street. The event will take place on the 1st floor and a lift is available. Be aware there is little turning room in the lift. Please call ahead if you use a motorised wheelchair or think this might cause difficulty. Accessible toilets are on ground floor. Please see Tube and Buses information for transport access. 

Tube: Nearest underground station is Angel. Nearest step free underground station is Highbury and Islington.

Buses: Aplenty! Nearest bus stop Packington Station, Islington Green.


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