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Market Matters

  • 14 March 2012, 6:30-8pm
  • London
Conference panel

Part of the New Economy of Art series

Market Matters explored the complex and overlapping motivations behind various kinds of ‘art market’ from commercial galleries, private dealers and auction houses to art fairs, online selling and gift economies.

Speakers Louise Buck, Kate MacGarry and Matt Roberts set the scene before an open dialogue with the audience to look at how artistic practice intersects with and creates its own economies.

Listen to the audio recording below


Louisa Buck is a writer and broadcaster on contemporary art. She is the London contemporary art columnist for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular reviewer on BBC radio and TV. Her latest book A Place for Art: the Contemporary Art Commissioner’s Handbook will be published by Thames & Hudson later this year.

Kate MacGarry is founder and director of a contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, east London. Established in 2002, the gallery represents international artists including Goshka Macuga, Dr Lakra, Francis Upritchard and Marcus Coates. Before opening the gallery Kate worked on various projects in the visual arts for eight years, most recently as a curator for a private collection, and as a co-ordinator on projects with artists in public spaces.

Matt Roberts
is a curator, lecturer and visual arts correspondent. He is also founder of Matt Roberts Arts – a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing practical career advice to artists. Matt has exhibited over 500 artists at galleries across the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Israel and also helped to establish the Airspace gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

This debate was part of The New Economy of Art – a series of open discussions that focus on the economic developments and opportunities in the cultural sector that impact on artists, from the perspective of artists.

The New Economy of Art was a collaboration between Artquest, the Contemporary Art Society and DACS.