This series of one-on-one conversations highlights the role of patronage in the arts, focusing on dynamic patrons who have developed innovative ways to support artists, curators, institutions and even collectors themselves.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 20
5-6pm: Haro Cümbüşyan (founding director, Collectorspace Istanbul) in conversation with Stuart Comer (curator of film, Tate).
Haro Cumbusyan is a London-based collector with an interest in moving image. He is the Founding Director of Collectorspace, a nonprofit initiative that aims to bring private collections to public view, and to create a variety of reference points for new generations of collectors. Collectorspace launched its first location in Istanbul in September 2011.
Stuart Comer is Curator: Film at Tate Modern and Co-Curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art: 2014 Biennial. He has contributed to numerous publications and periodicals, including Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, Mousse, Parkett and Art Review, and he is editor of Film and Video Art (Tate Publishing, 2009).
6-7pm: Scott Stover (founder and chair of the Centre Pompidou Foundation) in conversation with Georgina Adam (art market reporter and columnist for the Financial Times)
Scott Stover, a former investment banker, is president of Global Art Development, a consulting firm offering strategic planning to cultural institutions, private collectors, foundations, and museums. Stover re-launched and restructured an inactive, U.S. non-profit foundation for the Centre Pompidou, resulting in more than $30 million in donations and acquisitions in seven years.
Georgina Adam has spent more than 25 years writing about the art market and the arts. In 2000 she joined The Art Newspaper as editor of the Art Market section, and she now has weekly column in The Financial Times. As well as her specialisation in the art market, Adam is particularly interested in emerging cultural centres.
THURSDAY MARCH 21
5-6pm: Prince Yemisi Shyllon (collector, and founder, Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria) in conversation with curator and advisor Bomi Odufunade.
Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon, a chartered engineer, legal practitioner, marketer, stockbroker, business and management consultant, is widely acknowledged as the largest collector and patron of Nigerian art. He holds under his foundation, the Omooba Yemisi Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) the most comprehensive collection of art with over 6,500 works in diverse media, including sculpture and paintings as well as over 25,000 photographic prints of Nigeria’s cultural festivals and scenes.
Bomi Odufunade is a director at Dash & Rallo, a bespoke international art advisory specialising mainly in contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. Odufunade advises on all aspects of establishing and building art collections, providing art consulting services for art collectors including individuals, estates, non-profits and corporations. Previously, Bomi has worked at Tate Modern and Haunch of Venison gallery in London. She is based between Paris, Lagos and New York.
6-7pm: Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President of Sharjah Art Foundation, in conversation with Omar Kholeif, Senior Editor of Ibraaz
Hoor Al-Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, BFA Slade School of Fine Art (2002) MA Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art (2008). She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the College of Art and Design, University of Sharjah, Member of Advisory Board, Khoj International Artists Association, India, and serves on the Board of Directors for MoMA PS1, New York, and Ashkal Alwan, Beirut.
Omar Kholeif is a curator, writer and senior editor of Ibraaz. Kholeif is a senior curatorial associate at FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool (formerly its curator); Visiting Curator at Cornrhouse Manchester; Curator at the Arab British Centre, founding director of the UK’s Arab Film Festival, as well as a contributing curator to the Liverpool Biennial, Abandon Normal Devices, and International Film Festival Rotterdam, among many others.