Past Events


Approximately 50 PAIAM members and guests gathered for an evening at Bonhams in New York on April 16th. Bonhams, the leading international auction house with an impressive history spanning over 225 years, offers global and digital expertise across more than 60 property categories and hundreds of annual sales in New York, London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Guests were welcomed by Bonhams Global CEO Matthew Girling and were treated to a guided tour of highlights from the upcoming May 2018 Post-War & Contemporary sale as well as a lively panel debate on Trends in the Art Market. The event was held on the eve of the Art Business Conference and facilitated a great networking opportunity amongst PAIAM members.

PAIAM is grateful to Bonhams for kindly hosting and sponsoring this event.



Wednesday 22 November 2017
C John Rare Rugs, 43A South Audley Street, London W1K 2PU

PAIAM members attended to an evening at C John Rare Rugs in the heart of Mayfair on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

C John Rare Rugs is home to hundreds of beautiful rugs, carpets and tapestries ranging from the antique to the contemporary.  Each of their pieces is a story of inspiration, hard work and craftsmanship learned over many years and combined with an underlying belief in creativity and beauty.  C John Rare Rugs received the Royal Warrant as suppliers of carpets to Queen Elizabeth II in 1966 and continues to be the only carpet gallery in the world to hold the warrant.

This event provided a wonderful opportunity to view the gallery and members were treated to a fascinating introduction to the world of rugs and tapestries by gallery owner, Leon Sassoon.  New members also gave elevator pitches and the atmosphere was convivial and festive. It was the last PAIAM event in London for 2017 finished the year off in good fashion. 




C John Event - 22.11.2017- photo montage




Keeping it Real - a conversation with filmmaker Jeff Oppenheim
and a sneak peak of his documentary 'Real Fake: The Art, Life & Crimes of Elmyr de Hory'.
Wednesday September 13th
6.30pm 8.30pm
Pryor Cashman, 7 Times Square, New York

Elmyr de Hory: master criminal or brilliant artist?  Alleged to have painted more than one thousand "fakes," most of which have never been identified by the authorities, Elmyr de Hory's paintings still hang in major museums and private collections around the world. These works, now potentially worth billions of dollars, continue to roil the art market.
40 years after his death, the criminal case against one of the twentieth century's most notorious art forgers remains unproven.  During his lifetime, Elmyr de Hory lived openly as a forger while eluding Interpol, Scotland Yard and the FBI.  Never apprehended, he lived out his final years in Ibiza, Spain while the slow dissolution of the case against him allowed the art world to escape embarrassment, or worse blame.
With Real Fake: The Art, Life & Crimes of Elmyr de Hory, filmmaker Jeff Oppenheim re-examines the facts of the case. Assuming all previous information known about Elmyr to be as “wrong” as his art, the film travels the globe with a team of investigators and art experts. The investigation delves into the myriad of aliases used by Elmyr, searching never-before-utilized archival records, police files and the personal accounts of those who knew this charming, infamous con artist.
Jeff’s presentation to PAIAM members was a real treat: he gave some sneak preview clips of his film which led into a great discussion regarding some of the key issues raised by his narration of Elmyr's life and works.  Over 40 PAIAM members attended and we are grateful to Board member Bill Charron and the team at Pryor Cashman for organising and hosting this event.




Tuesday 11 July 2017
Sotheby’s Grosvenor Galleries at Aeolian Hall, Bloomfield Place, London, W1.

Over 90 members attended the 2017 conference, held for the first time at Sotheby's Grosvenor Galleries. The conference opened with a short AGM before continuing with two sessions: the first on Brexit and the second on Authenticity, Restoration and Conservation. A brief outline of the day is below.

Over the coming months the UK government will commence its Brexit negotiations in earnest against a complex political backdrop particularly regarding the single market.
Pierre Valentin of Constantine Cannon, who has been leading the PAIAM Brexit group chaired a session which included detailed surveys of key areas relating to Export licensing, Customs duties, Artist Resale Rights, Copyright and IP, Cultural Property, CITES, Consumer protection and Anti-money laundering. He was joined by the authors of the various papers produced by PAIAM before inviting members present to join the debate.

Authenticity, Restoration and Conservation
Tom Toumaziz MBE, founder and CEO of Tagsmart, talked about the challenges of establishing authenticity and how technology can help address this area and how it may solve authenticity problems in the future.

Rupert Featherstone, Director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute and Assistant Director of Conservation at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge spoke on the work of the world renowned Hamilton Kerr Institute and focus on some recent conservation projects and the interrelation with attribution and authenticity.


The Conference closed with networking drinks at the Sotheby’s Galleries.




Thursday 4 May 2017

6.30pm - 8.30pm

PAIAM members were invited to attend an evening Reception at Lambeth Palace. This is an exciting venue and one which is only available after careful consideration by the Arch Bishop's private office.  The evening provided an opportunity for members to meet and network and they were delighted to receive a short talk by one of the palace historians on both the history and some of the impressive artwork which is housed in the building.





Tuesday April 4th, 2017

This is a one day conference, created for art galleries, dealers, art advisors, auctioneers and art market professionals to meet and discuss key issues affecting the international art market. It launched at 10 on the Park at the Time Warner Centre and many PAIAM members participated - both as speakers and delegates.

The day will include a number of presentations and panel discussions on a range of topics including:

• NYLON – The New York and London art markets, post-election and post Brexit, what does the future hold for both art markets?
• Digital Presentation: 250 years of selling art – what would James Christie make of our digital world?
• Freeports and the art market – what does the future hold?
• Digital innovation for art businesses – a panel discussion
• Cyber Crime and the Protection of Digital Art
• How to balance authentication, provenance and the management of confidential data
• Risk Management in the Art Market, an insurance workshop: prevention and lessons learned…

For further information including a list of speakers, please visit,



Monday April 3rd 2017
6.30pm - 8.30pm
The evening provided an opportunity for members of the new New York Chapter, to meet one another for the first time since PAIAM NY Inc was launched in October 2016.  Members were invited to join a guided tour of the upcoming Sotheby's Photographs auction, including work from the 19th to 21st centuries by Edward Weston, Josef Sudek, Edward Steichen, Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton and others.  Members were welcomed by Sotheby's new Head of Fine Art Division, Marc Porter and by Bill Charron of Pryor Cashman and member of the NY Board.
The PAIAM Board would like to thank Sotheby's for kindly offering to host this event.
Photography courtest of Sotheby's


Sothebys NY 03.04.2017 - photo montage



A day-long workshop presented by the Royal Academy of Arts
Monday 30 January 2017
Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London
10am – 5pm

This day-long workshop was designed to help artists, their family and advisors plan for a successful legacy.  Drawing from practical experience, recognised experts and leaders in the field of artist’s estate management presented strategies for preserving, promoting and enhancing an artist’s legacy. The workshop used practical, real life examples to demonstrate the value of careful planning and implementation.  The panel of speakers included several PAIAM members.  Pierre Valentin, who co-led the workshop with Dr Anna Dempster, Head of Academic Programmes at the Royal Academy, said: 'The day was a great opportunity to showcase the range of skills and experience of PAIAM members in the field of artists' estates.  With the continued support of the Royal Academy, we hope to continue to offer education and support to artists, family members and advisors'.


RA Event 30 Jan 2017 - Photo montage


TUESDAY 22 NOVEMBER, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Members were invited to an evening at the Conservatory at the Barbican Centre to kick-start the festive season.  The spectacular Conservatory is a joy to discover, a hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the city which is home to exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees.
 The event included tours of this amazing space with a guide whose specialist knowledge was exceptional.  Members enjoyed fine food prepared by a live chef and listened to three of our newest members give elevator pitches.  There was also an Art Market Quiz which proved quite taxing.  Congratulations to the winning team: Gregor Kleinknecht, Tim Maxwell, Anders Petterson and Nicola Wallace.


475 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Wednesday October 26th, 6.30pm – 8.30pm


PAIAM will be opening a New York Chapter and members of the UK Board, together with a newly appointed US Board, hosted the inaugural event at Sean Kelly on Wednesday October 26th with a private view of Jose Dàvila’s, Stones Don’t Move. All PAIAM members were invited to attend.

This Chapter will run regular events similar to those offered in London and should allow members on both sides of the Atlantic to enhance their knowledge and grow their network of like-minded professionals internationally. 

The evening included an interesting talk on the impending Presidential election and the impact that might have for the Art Market from Suzanne Gyorgy, Global Head, Art Advisory & Finance at Citi as well as providing an opportunity for networking.

PAIAM is grateful to Sean Kelly for hosting the event. Founded in 1991, Sean Kelly has established a reputation for diverse, intellectually driven, unconventional exhibitions and a commitment to important, challenging contemporary art. In 2012, Sean Kelly moved from Chelsea to a 22,000 square foot space at 475 Tenth Avenue in a historic 1914 building, enabling the Gallery to mount increasingly ambitious, museum-quality exhibitions to great critical acclaim. The Gallery’s roster of artists includes such notable figures as Marina Abramovi?, Joseph Kosuth, Antony Gormley, the estate of Robert Mapplethorpe, and Kehinde Wiley.

The event was sponsored by Rawlinson & Hunter, Goldglit & Company LLP and Pryor Cashman LLP

Image: Thomas Mueller, courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York.

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