ALL ABOUT ART

When people ask what I do I usually respond by saying I talk about art, even if no one is listening. I am grateful though that I do have an audience through a variety of different ways. I have written and presented television programmes for Sky Arts and Sky Arte Italia, presented and contributed to episodes for BBC2’s Culture Show as well as being a judge on the annual competition programmes, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year. In October 2016 I was appointed Head of Collections for Soho House which is a mind blowing opportunity to acquire art globally, future proof an already outstanding art collection and enhance the art strategy. I am also an arts mentor, working with young women in the arts to see them reach their potential.

I am really proud to be a part of television that thinks about presenting art in a new way. Art should be for everybody. I am not from a privileged background and I hate that sometimes the structures around art make it feel daunting. We all made art as children and we all had opinions on it. Then somehow we grew up and risked becoming ‘outsiders’ to something we all have an innate ability to appreciate and love. Let me reassure you that it is not only old men in tweed who are allowed to say what is good.

POPULARISING CONTEMPORARY ART

I am especially passionate about helping new audiences to come to contemporary art – there is no big mystery behind conceptual art, video art or installation art. The same things that might turn you on in a sixteenth century fresco can also be found in new media today. Likewise, I want to take a modern art junkie to see the masters. To unravel stories of fascinating people, staggering art and how it is possible to connect with an object hundreds of years old in a really personal and meaningful way.

Working as an art dealer and curator in both Hong Kong and London, I have the enormous pleasure of working with hundreds of artists from around the world. They are all enormously creative, driven and often insecure and -sometimes – a bit odd. It’s a wonderful to see the world through their eyes. And there can be no artists without collectors and patrons, even Michelangelo got depressed without being paid. I have helped hundreds build collections over the past ten years, from those making their first acquisition for modest sums to private museum owners. In every case the art truly means something, and seeing art from the perspective of people who are its custodians for future generations is a striking thing.

Something I have been doing since I graduated which continues to thrill me is taking someone to see art in the flesh and opening it up for them. Whether in Rome in a tiny church to stand where Caravaggio stood as he worked out how to fill a space – not knowing he was about to change art forever – or in Tate Britain in front of Francis Bacon who just brings me to my knees every time.

I love bringing art to life for people. Doing that in person as an expert guide or on television, or by curating or writing about art is a true privilege.

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