Rise Art Prize 2018

It was surreal for me to return to the Leake Street tunnel after nearly 10 years. The tunnel under Waterloo Station hosted Banksy’s ‘Cans Festival’ in 2008. Today the now ‘designated graffiti area’ continues to be covered by street art, but of a more traditional graffiti genre than that of 10 years ago.

Roy's People Art Fair

Roy’s People Art Fair – April 2018

Supported by GreatArt, the 2nd edition of Roy’s People Art Fair returns in April to bring 80 emerging and established artists to the iconic OXO Tower Wharf in the City of London.

Interiors Trends 2018

The successful London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is returning to London ExCeL 12 – 14 January and their expert speakers will highlight key interiors trends for this year.


“Eclecticism is the new minimalism – mixing and matching seemingly disparate pieces together to build a unique and individual look. Quirky is cool. 1970s Italian goblets on a sideboard from the 1790s? A collection of Victorian transfer-printed and guilt plates arranged asymmetrically on a stark chalk-white wall? Why not?” notes antiques expert Mark Hill.

Asian Antiques

Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co sees more and more Asian antiques taking places of prominence in people’s homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. She comments, “As interiors become more minimal, clean lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony. I’m seeing a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as empire style chests of drawers. People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern décor.”

Bold Colours & Paler Woods

Interior designer Clare Pascoe observes that: “In 2018 the trend for dark walls will continue, but the new ‘monochromatic scheme’ will exclude black and revolve around almost black blues and greens contrasted with crisp white or pastel walls to combine in a look that I refer to as “Scandi-noir”. Pink shades will remain on trend, but will shift towards tones of peach and apricot. Home-owners will turn their attention to less prevalent blonder woods such as ash and oak from prestigious Scandinavian designers such as Moller and Wegner. The lighter tones of these pieces juxtapose well with pastel colours and dark walls” continues Clare.


With shows such as Mad Men on-screen, mid-century furniture is basking in the limelight more than ever. Clare remarks that “If you bide your time in order to buy a genuine article, you not only protect the original design provenance, but your piece will make a genuine statement in a room,” as reproduction pieces are made.

Green Interiors

People are becoming more and more environmentally aware so antiques will rise in popularity due to buyers’ desire to be more sustainably responsible. Clare says: “People will be turned off buying products that date quickly or are not made to last. They will want to invest in timeless, classic brands that have a history and a long future.” Toma agrees: “As the green movement becomes de rigueur, repurposing and re-using remains en vogue. Antiques are green, and as millennials catch the wave of this realization.”

Skilled Craftsmanship

“There will be an increased awareness and appreciation of rarity and craftsmanship when it comes to jewellery.” says jewellery expert Joanna Hardy. “The jewellery houses or individual artisans will continue to remain in the spotlight in 2018 – for example, Castalani, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Lalique, Fouquet, Fabergé – all these exceptional master craftsmen pay so much attention to detail.” Mark agrees: “There’s also a rise in interest in pieces that show the hand of the craftsman, from a richly coloured piece of treen, to a sparkling cut glass vase, or a wonderfully weathered piece of folk art.”

The London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair will be at ExCeL London 12th – 14th January. www.artantiquesinteriorsfair.com

Banksy Insurance

Banksy Insurance, Valuations, Authentication, Conservation and Sales

Post last updated on 07/03/2018.

Did you buy a £90 Banksy print in the early days only to find it is now worth over a hundred times that? Or perhaps you have recently acquired a Banksy Original?

Banksy Insurance

Regardless of your collection size, Brownhill Insurance Group are here to discuss your requirements. We have been insuring our clients Banksy and Urban Art collections since 2007 – we even insure our own collections. Our Art Team can provide cover for your private collection on an art only policy, or in some cases can combine with a general household policy.

To discuss your requirements, please call Alex Andrews on 020 8353 8905 or visit our art collector page.

Best Practices

There are many fake Banksy prints and originals on the market, so it is important to be cautious when buying from a dealer, gallery or individual. Always make sure there is a Pest Control Certificate or well documented paper trail back to the original owner. Pest Control may be able to confirm the original and/or current owner of a piece.

Insurers are often shy to insure works by Banksy without an original receipt, pest control certificate or recent valuation.

It is a requirement on some insurance policies that you maintain an inventory of your collection. We suggest that your inventory includes:

  • Name of Artist
  • Name of Piece
  • Medium (Print/Original on Canvas etc..)
  • Edition Number (if applicable)
  • Signed/Unsigned
  • Dimensions
  • Purchase Value
  • Date of Purchase
  • Where it was purchased from
  • Current Market Value
  • Framing Costs
  • Documentation (scan or photograph receipts/invoices/certificates/valuations etc..)

It is also important to photograph your collection. We would suggest taking photos of:

  • The whole piece (front and back and before any framing is done – if unframed)
  • Edition Number
  • Signature
  • Hand finishing (on prints)
  • Any defects (creases, marks etc..)
  • Personalisation
  • Back and sides of canvas
  • Documentation (consider scanning your documents)
  • Framing

Keeping your inventory well organised is very important. In the event of a claim, you may be asked to provide your entire inventory to insurers. The easiest way to keep a well managed list is in Excel, Google Sheets or Airtable. Alternatively Evernote allows you to collate images and text together in a searchable archive.

Pest Control

Pest Control is an authentication service acting on behalf of Banksy. They determine whether he was responsible for a piece of work and issue a Certificate where appropriate.

Pest Control do not make a profit and were set up to prevent fraud.

The company is also now the sole point of sale for new work by Banksy after the closure of POW (Pictures on Walls).


Hang Up Pictures are a leading gallery offering Banksy prints and originals for sale. Their expert knowledge on Banksy allows them to offer an insurance valuation service. As of writing, the cost for this is £65 + VAT per piece. For more information please visit – www.hanguppictures.com/faq/do-you-offer-insurance-valuations-for-banksy-works.

Alternatively we can refer you to other valuation experts that specialise in other artists.


Framing, Restoration & Conservation

Most art collector insurance policies will not provide cover while a piece is being worked on by an art professional. It is important to check before you agree to any work that your chosen framer or restorer has the correct insurance cover in place.

With most Banksy prints now fetching five figure sums, it is important to ensure the works are cared for correctly. Unframed prints should not be rolled for long periods of time. Framed prints should be framed to museum standard with UV glass to prevent fading. Over time your collection can be damaged from light, heat, humidity and pollution – gradual deterioration is an exclusion on all insurance policies.

From both a financial standpoint and enjoyment value, you must keep your collection in excellent condition.

For any further advice please call Alex Andrews on 020 8353 8905.

Selling a Banksy

If you have a Banksy or a collection of Banksy prints you are looking to sell, you may find it beneficial to use an experienced dealer who can help you get the right price for your collection. MyArtBroker specialise in the Banksy market, and have been connecting buyers with sellers for the best part of a decade. MyArtBroker has a network of over 10,000 art buyers and sellers around the world. If you want to sell a Banksy with MyArtBroker, they will:

  • Give you a valuation on the piece based on market demand and trends
  • Assign you a specialist broker to condition check the piece
  • Advise on restoration (if required)
  • Advise on authentication of the piece, if not already in place
  • Market your artwork to Banksy buyers
  • Support the sale of your Banksy artwork

You will need to be a member of MyArtBroker.com to access their support, which you can do for free on their website.

A green statue with arms held outstretched in front with a golden mask in hand. Behind the statue shows part of an exhibition

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, 27 June – 2 July 2017

Celebrating its 45th edition, London’s longest running art and antiques Fair will showcase 160 of the world’s leading specialist dealers. Discover a diversity of periods and styles crossing a variety of disciplines including furniture, clocks, ceramics and glass to jewellery, textiles, sculpture and art. With over 55,000 pieces to explore, personalise your interiors with eclectic statement pieces and add irresistible treasures to your collection.

Returning as part of the Fair this year, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art & Design Fair – SOFA LONDON will present three dimensional contemporary artworks crossing the boundaries of design, fine and decorative art.

New for 2017, join the dedicated Interior Design Talk Series and learn more about the latest trends from leading international experts, including Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Emma Burns from Sybil Colefax & John Fowler, Douglas Mackie and the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design). Listen to insightful and inspiring talks with a programme hosting speakers from leading museums and institutions including the British Museum and TATE.

Mosimanns’ Jazz Café will be serving a divine selection of dishes to enjoy for lunch and dinner, complimented by top of the range beverages for you to enjoy on your day out.

For lovers of stylish interiors the Fair is an unrivalled destination.

Simply click here to register for your complimentary e-ticket

For more information on the Fair visit olympia-art-antiques.com

Introducing Our Partners: Jealous Gallery

Jealous is a Contemporary Screenprint Studio, Gallery and Publisher based in Crouch End and East London’s creative hub of Shoreditch.

Established in 2008, we are known for our collaborative approach to producing high quality limited edition prints with many illustrators, graduates and established artists. Our editions can be seen at many of the art fairs we attend including The London Original Print Fair (LOPF) at The Royal Academy, The London Art Fair, Moniker and the AAF internationally.

Our diverse educational programme includes working with primary schools on site-specific art projects whilst the Jealous Prize invites MA’s from London’s art colleges to make an all expenses paid edition with Jealous. These editions are then shown at the many art fairs we attend and form part of the V&A’s permanent print collection.

Our client work includes White Cube, Saatchi Gallery, The Fine Art Society, Pentagram, Why Not Associates, Graphic Thought Facility, The British Film Institute and the V&A, to name but a few.

See Jealous exhibiting at stand E1 Affordable Art Fair Hampstead 11th – 14th May.

Caiger Contemporary Art

Caiger Contemporary Art at Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring

The 2017 art fair season continues this week with the Affordable Art Fair Spring edition. This is great fair for first time buyers or seasoned collectors.

Getting that spring feeling and wanting to purchase some great artworks, then this is the fair for you. There is so much amazing, wonderful original art out there, for prices that won’t break the bank, so why buy posters and cheap reproductions that you will find on any Tom, Dick or Harry’s wall?

Caiger Contemporary Art, one of our gallery partners is exhibiting this year. Find out a bit about them and their artists.

Caiger Contemporary Art says ‘Buying art should be fun, which is why we have already done the hard work for you, and have teamed up with some fantastic artists to show you how awesome it can be to buy art for your home. We want to tell you all about them and their work as we think it is great to know how something is made, why and by whom. It gives it that extra story to make you fall in love with it even more! Also by sharing with you these fantastic artworks we get to support the wonderful artists too so they can focus on what they do best – making some beautiful work for us to put on our walls!’

Here are some of the fantastic artists you will see on our stand this year at the fair.

Rod McIntosh

As a mark maker Rod lies within a tradition of drawing and recording his experience of the world, his travels, relationships and sense of self.

McIntosh’s process and methods developed as rules that slowly became a habit or creative ritual. The choice of materials evolved through this journey. His desire to maintain a strong integrity within his work directed him to learn the recipes for gesso, where he found the physical, tactile, step-by-step method reassuring. Continued research into the history of mark-making pointed to an honesty that he chose to draw with.

Rod McIntosh - The Moment Within II 2017

Rod McIntosh – The Moment Within II 2017

Corinne Natel

Her work is abstract based contemporary paintings inspired by landscapes, nature, cities, travel, fashion and media. Her work investigates colour, form, space and texture. She often explores seasons or nature based environments with colour, how colours work with one another and the colour relationship with the season or environment.

Corinne Natel - Elektra

Corinne Natel – Elektra

Laura Benetton

Laura’s work is influenced by the structure of birds’ wings and butterflies. Their movement and uniqueness have been a big source of inspiration. Focusing on the movement, on the stretch, Laura abstracts the actual shape and colours and to obtain a very energetic skeleton of line. The colours’ blend and the intensity of the butterflies never stop piquing her curiosity.

Laura Benetton - Infra 12

Laura Benetton – Infra 12

To find out more about their artists visit www.caigerart.com or find them on Facebook, twitter and Instagram @caigerart.

Fabiano Parisi, Il Mondo Che Non Vedo, 2016 featured at the young masters exhibition

Young Masters Art Prize Launch

On 2nd October, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery launched the fourth edition of the Young Masters Art Prize which Brownhill Insurance Group were proud sponsors of.

The exhibition, held at Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in Pall Mall, showed works from previous Young Masters artists together with guest artists.  In various ways these talented artists’ reflect on the history of art through a variety of media. These include ceramics, painting, photography, multi-media and video.

Commanding great skill, each artist takes an aspect of art history, such as genre, technique, subject matter, reinventing it in a contemporary way.  The standard of work seems to be of such high quality at each event. It is always a delight to be involved with Young Masters. We would like to congratulate the artists for the fantastic works displayed and also to Cynthia and the team for such an enjoyable evening.

(above picture: Fabiano Parisi, Il Mondo Che Non Vedo, 2016)

Silent Quarter - Tim Lane

Tim Lane Hits Kickstarter for Round 2

Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 with nearly 150 backers pledging over £17,000, Tim Lane is back with his second Kickstarter campaign.

Silent Quarter is a short story and drawing bookwork told through a combination of writing and drawing.

Silent Quarter is a darkly beautiful, illustrated short-story. It is an emotional and philosophically reflective journey through the mind of an old man – who is both a mask-maker and a barber – as he comes to the end of his long life of love, service, ceremony and creativity.

With 7 days left (as of 2nd June) of his second Kickstarter project, Antlers Gallery and Tim Lane are looking to emulate the success of the Anima Mundi project of 2014.

Anima Mundi – The limited edition five metre long concertina book, which folds in to an A5 book and slipcase was successfully funded on 10th May 2014.

The book’s physical form provides a portable and tactile way to enjoy the whole virtual experience.

The title – Anima Mundi comes from the Latin for ‘Soul of the World’ and is according to several thought systems, an intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet.

To back Tim Lane’s Silent Quarter – visit the Kickstarter Campaign page – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/antlersgallery/silent-quarter-tim-lanes-short-story-and-drawing-b. The project closes on 9th June at 3:00PM (BST).

For more information on Anima Mundi – please visit – http://www.antlersgallery.com/project/anima-mundi.

Chris Gollon – ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ English Cathedrals Exhibition

Already an established name in British art, Chris Gollon is having a phenomenal year. What started as a solo exhibition in Guildford Cathedral in his home county of Surrey in 2014 has snowballed. ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ is such a hit with both secular and religious audiences, with the clergy, and draws huge media attention that it is now a major national touring exhibition to English cathedrals. Sponsored by Brownhill Insurance, this year it has travelled to the cathedrals of Norwich and Chichester, is now in Durham Cathedral (2nd Oct – 2nd Nov) before travelling to Hereford for Advent. The exhibition focuses on the complexity of women’s experience of the Biblical narrative and also sheds light on women who are nameless or forgotten like Job’s wife, the first woman to question God’s actions. For each cathedral Gollon adds a new work. At Chichester, partial inspiration came from Chris Gollon reading Carol Ann Duffy’s book ‘The World’s Wife’, which lead to him painting the first ever image of Judas Iscariot’s Wife. His image of her imploding with grief as she holds her husband’s suicide note, whilst also hearing news of the forthcoming Crucifixion is heart rending. Although not particularly religious himself, Gollon’s gift is to bring these women and their stories back to life, drawing us into the human drama of the Biblical stories and making them relevant today. The exhibition has been featured in The Independent, on BBC Radio 3 and drew the attention of Clare Balding, who interviewed Chris on her BBC Radio 2 programme Good Morning Sunday. The price of Gollon’s work is rising steadily and more national media attention is in the pipeline.

Chris Gollon has enjoyed many solo museum shows in the UK and has works in important public collections including the British Museum. The latest book on his life and work is ‘Humanity in Art’ by art historian Tamsin Pickeral, and is endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE. Gollon is currently working on a new series of paintings that are an artistic collaboration with acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, which will be unveiled in a solo exhibition at IAP Fine Art in London in January. Eleanor McEvoy will launch her new album in the exhibition. Details on Chris Gollon and his future exhibitions are on his official information website: www.chrisgollon.com.

Article courtesy of IAP Fine Art.

For more information on read: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/artist-chris-gollon-puts-women-10185009