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The New Economy of Art: Debate 3

  • 15 April 2015, 6-8pm
  • DACS 33 Old Bethnal Green Road London E2 6AA
Man standing in water with a large model ship

The global art market is a multi-billion pound industry and yet it is one the biggest unregulated markets in the world. Does an unregulated market encourage enterprise and reduce bureaucracy; or is its lack of transparency and shady dealings harming artists and the public opinion of art? This panel discussed the advantages and disadvantages of regulation and what this means for artists.

This event was part of a series of public debates to launch and open up discussion around the issues raised in The New Economy of Art, a book DACS co-published with Artquest.


Christopher Battiscombe spent 37 years in Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service finishing as British Ambassador to Jordan in 1997-2000. He has been Director General of the Society of London Art Dealers since 2001 and is also Secretary of the British Art Market Federation.

René Gimpel
has been an art dealer since 1968. He is Director of Gimpel Fils Gallery, London and galerie gimpel & muller, Paris.

Keir McGuinness
is a management and art consultant who specialises in working with galleries, artists and creatives businesses. Formerly a company and commercial lawyer, he holds a number of board-level positions including trustee of the Chisenhale Gallery, London.

Find out more about The New Economy of Art

The New Economy of Art book and debate series, from DACS and Artquest, have been supported with funding from Arts Council England.

The New Economy of Art is a collection of new writings on value, patronage and emerging business models in contemporary visual art, with contributions from experts across the art world as well as interventions by artists Sonia Boyce, Jeremy Deller and Barbara Steveni.

Listen to the recording from the previous debates

Debate 1

Debate 2