PANEL DISCUSSION AT THE LONDON ART FAIR, 2022



INTRODUCING THE PANEL

I am simply delighted, as a result of founding the Artists Appreciation Initiative, to have been invited to join a panel at the London Art Fair  in conjunction with The British Institute of Interior Design to discuss, ‘Collecting and Curating Art for Home and Interiors.’

Our discussion will be chaired by the brilliantly qualified Mary Weaver and with fellow speakers Louisa Warfiled of  Louisa Warfield Art Consultancy and Claudia Dorsch of Claudia Dorsch Interior Design. We will be discussing our insights into collecting art, curation, placement, framing and anything else you might like to ask us about. Speaking from our experience gained from our individual career paths to working in this wonderfully rich and varied field. The idea of collecting and curating art can be quite daunting. Between us, we hope to demystify this and set you on your way to collecting art with confidence and joy.

 

INTERVIEWER, MARY WEAVER

Our interviewer, Mary Weaver is an Interiors Editor – contributing to Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. She was Houses Editor of Livingetc for 14 years, and currently contributes to homes features to them and Homes & Gardens, amongst others. She is a writer, stylist, art director, video producer and creator of interiors events. With over 20 years experience in the business she has freelanced for all the major magazine titles and previously enjoyed a career as a fashion editor. Design is her passion and she is a serial home renovator, and about to embark on her next renovation project, a Regency townhouse, in Brighton.  She is married to the owner of an art gallery and enjoys the experience that brings; of being exposed to art across the board.

Mary says, ‘Over the time I have been working in interiors, for more than 20 years now, I have found that art is increasingly important in homes, more thought out and crucial to the finished effect – more important in fact, for lots of people than furniture and objects, as they will keep important pieces for a whole lifetime – and in fact pass them on as heirlooms.’


Mary Weaver, Freelance Interiors Editor and our brilliantly qualified Interviewer.

LINDI REYNOLDS, INTERIOR DESIGNER, BIID AND FOUNDER OF THE ARTISTS APPRECIATION INITIATIVE

First up, I’ll be talking about the importance of art in interiors. So important to the realm of Interior Design that it lead me to set up the Artists Appreciation Initiative in 2020.

I have a Fine Art degree background, so, founding the Artists Appreciation Initiative was a most natural extension of my practice as an Interior Designer and came with recognising that an Interior without fine art, no matter how perfect, can never be complete. ‘The Artists Appreciation Initiative is a platform for showcasing emerging artists to our clients and followers, and to present artists work to our clients that we would be pleased and proud to see hung in their homes – our projects, which can sometimes take many years of hard work. It is, for us, a matter of pride that our work becomes a showcase for inspired art pieces.

LOUISA WARFIELD, ART CONSULTANT

Next up is Louisa, who runs the established Louisa Warfield Art Consultancy. Unsurprisingly Louisa has an impeccable eye for creating truly memorable marriages between art and Interiors. A champion of the arts, Louisa’s passion, interest and knowledge of the contemporary art scene is perfectly balanced with her energy for creativity and penchant for a good laugh. With over 15 years of independent art consultancy to boost, Louisa will bring a wealth of insight to this panel.

‘In a nutshell, I deliver bespoke, beautiful art sourcing, art consultancy and hanging art advice for private clients, interior designers and friends.’ says Louisa.

CLAUDIA DORSCH, INTERIOR DESIGNER, BIID

Finally we will hear from Claudia Dorsch, fellow BIID member. Claudia’s Interior Design practice, based in Hampstead, North West London, holds the essential importance of art at its centre. We will hear from her about how her design philosophy, anchored in creativity, is what informs her Interior Design process.

‘While growing up, I spent a lot of time visiting antiques shops, flea markets and galleries with my father. In my teens, I worked for antiques dealers buying and selling furniture and objet d’art. This early exposure gave me, by osmosis, an appreciation of the value of beautiful objects and an understanding of many styles and influences in interior design and art.’ says Claudia.

HOW TO TUNE IN – CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND REGISTER

The talk is part of the pre show talks programme and will be live at 4.00pm on Wednesday, 6th April. Just head to the London Art Fair website and register. You can watch it live or on catch-up. We’d love you to tune in! 😊