Collecting the Emerging symposium - Part 1

22 May 2015

Collecting the Emerging is a two day symposium with academics, curators, collectors and artists to examine issues around collecting new and experimental art. With ever increasing interest in and opportunities for artists in the early stages of their careers, this event will investigate what the term ‘emerging’ means in relationship to contemporary art and its wider historical context. Discussions will cover economic and aesthetic value in the emerging art market; explore emerging practice and its relationship to historical narratives, archives and taxonomies; and consider how the current enthusiasm for collecting contemporary art impacts on practices that are still at a formative stage.

This event is a partnership between Zabludowicz Collection and UCL Art Museum.




Welcome and introduction

Kelly Large (Curator: Public Programme, Zabludowicz Collection)


Definitions: What does ‘emerging’ mean in relation to artists’ careers and practices?

Presentations and panel discussion with:

COLLECTION: Maitreyi Maheshwari (Programme Director, Zabludowicz Collection)

WRITER: JJ Charlesworth (Associate Editor, ArtReview/independent critic)

GALLERIST: Chris Hammond (Director, MOT International/Lecturer, MFA Curating, Goldsmiths College)

CURATOR: Kirsty Ogg (Director, Bloomberg New Contemporaries/Lecturer, MFA Curating, Goldsmiths College)

COLLECTION: Dr. Nina Pearlman (Manager, UCL Art Museum)

MODERATOR: Louisa Buck (Contemporary Art Correspondent, The Art Newspaper/independent critic)




Getting it right, getting it wrong – speculating on the future

Presentations and panel discussion with:

Coline Milliard (Associate Director, Carroll/Fletcher/formerly European Market Editor, artnet News)

Sarah Thelwall (Creative and Cultural Industries Strategist)

Niru Ratnam (Director, START Art Fair/Director, Prudential Eye Programme)

Moderator: Maitreyi Maheshwari (Programme Director, Zabludowicz Collection)


Closing remarks

Jenny Wedgbury (Learning and Access Officer, UCL Art Museum)



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