Exciting news from Artfinder HQ today. If you’ve been paying close attention, you may have noticed curator collections appearing amongst our emails. Today we're delighted to announce the full line-up of our brand new curatorial board - a brilliant and diverse panel of art industry faces, here to shape the future of Artfinder. A very big welcome to (from left to right) Dr Matthew Eve, Julia Alvarez, Aindrea Emelife, Alex Heath, Alice Phillimore, Richard Kalman and Dario Illari.
Headed up by Artfinder’s lead curator, Alice Phillimore, the board will be responsible for implementing curatorial guidelines across the site, as well as providing guidance and mentoring opportunities to Artfinder’s 10,000 artists globally.
"It's a unique opportunity and privilege to work with Artfinder, who help so many artists bring their art to a mass audience. Each member of the curatorial board brings their own unique perspective and experience within the art market, and we are all looking forward to working together to mentor and keep improving the quality on the site", says Alice.
After Artfinder's restructure at the end of 2017, our CEO, Michal adds, "this is such an exciting time in Artfinder’s growth. We have re-focussed our mission on making art accessible, affordable and a viable career for artists. Part of that is a new commitment to curation and promoting great quality work and emerging artists. I’m delighted to announce the brilliant people who will be helping us to do that."
Want to know more? Learn more about the people who make up Artfinder's brand new curatorial board:
Alice has worked with contemporary galleries and artists for over a decade. She studied History of Art at Nottingham University and has an MA in Arts Management and Policy from Birkbeck, University of London. She has worked on exhibitions at art fairs including Masterpiece, London, the London Art Fair, the Affordable Art Fairs and Buy Art Fair, Manchester.
Dario Illari is the founder of Jealous Gallery and Print Studio. Known for their experimental and collaborative approach, Jealous have worked with artists such as David Shrigley, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gavin Turk, Harland Miller, Gary Hume, Rachel Howard, Chris Levine, Chantal Joffe and Rose Wylie, and many others.
Julia Alvarez is the founder and director of BEARSPACE Gallery and the South London Art Map. She's worked within the contemporary art world for the last 15 years and with expertise in curating, art sales and promotion. She's also a regular speaker at universities, colleges and professional development programmes.
Richard Kalman is the founder of the Crane Kalman Brighton gallery. The gallery provides a platform to showcase the work of up-and-coming, young British and international artists. Richard also works with emerging young photographers through the annually held Cream Graduate Showcase exhibition, as well as lecturing at universities.
Aindrea Emelife is a 25-year-old art critic, independent curator, gallerist and presenter from London. With a BA in History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, she debuted her first column for the Financial Times aged 20 years old, and has since been published in the Guardian, BBC Culture, Tatler, Vice, and Country & Town House magazine. In 2018, Aindrea launched her private art advisory, working primarily with emerging artists.
Alex Heath is the non-executive chairman of Artfinder. He studied History of Art at St Andrews and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has owned and run International Art Consultants since 2006 and has led numerous corporate, private and public art projects both in the UK and abroad. He is co-author of Making Art Work in the Workplace.
Dr Matthew Eve is a design curator, writer, historian and illustrator, with a Doctorate of Philosophy focused in History of Art from Christ Church, University of Oxford. He's also a member of the Art Workers Guild, chairman of The Wilfred Josephs Society, and has sat on the committees of both The Children's Books History Society and Imaginative Book Illustration Society.
Update: Introducing our newest members, Juliana and Debra
Juliana Cavaliero met her business partner Debra Finn at university. Ever since, they have been working together to showcase the finest works from emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists and makers. Cavaliero Finn doesn’t follow fashion or design trends in their selection of work; the emphasis is on originality and craftsmanship of the highest standard. They seek out quality, heirloom pieces which all have one thing in common: a stand-alone aesthetic beauty that will stand the test of time.