10:00 am to 6:00 pm, 12 September 2019

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Open to

Invitation Only



Barbican Centre
Silk Street


This one-day event will bring together leading international speakers to discuss:

  • historical and emergent digital arts practice
  • art market trends
  • data driven innovation for makers and public and private audiences.

Panel discussions will respond to sector themes and technological innovation. A prototype lab will offer a space to test and share emerging content and concepts from industry and academia. This event is supported by Arts Council England and will take place at the Barbican, London.


The event will explore the following topics:

  • How the democratisation of art is shaping art markets: What are the current themes emerging from the art markets and how is digitalisation shaping future interactions?
  • Technological advances and the experience of art: Data driven opportunities and considerations for the collector.
  • Will blockchain save art? Next phase perspectives on blockchain for artists and markets.
  • Digital futures, materiality and added value: When data is a medium for artistic expression, is there a future for the material artefact?

There’ll also be a prototype lab and a drinks reception in the Barbican Conservatory to test emerging content from industry and academia.

Speakers include:

  • Adriano Torcello di Picinati, Director, Deloitte Art and Finance
  • Bernadine Brocker-Wieder, CEO, Vastari Group
  • Professor Chris Salter, Artist, Professor of Computation Arts, Concordia University
  • Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive, Creative United
  • Kadine James, Creative Tech Lead, Hobs3D
  • Simon Cane, Executive Director, UCL Culture
  • Professor Miguel Rodrigues, Information Theory and Processing, UCL
  • Nick Lambert, Director of Research, Ravensbourne
  • Tonya Nelson, Director of Arts Technology and Innovation, Arts Council England
  • Lawrence Chiles, Head of Digital Services, The National Gallery
  • Melanie Lenz, Digital Art Curator, V&A
  • Dr Anna Donovan, Vice Dean (Innovation), Lecturer in Law, UCL
  • Mark Waugh, Business Development Director, DACS
  • Amanda Gray, Partner, Mischon de Reya LLP
  • Robert Norton, Founder and CEO, Verisart
  • Kieren Reed, Director, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • Phaedra Shanbaum, Lecturer, Digital Art, UCL Knowledge Lab
  • Professor Jon Thomson, Artist, Thomson and Craighead, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • Alison Craighead, Artist, Thomson & Craighead
  • Professor Deepa Mann-Klerr, Visiting Professor in Immersive Futures, Ulster University
  • Jake Elwes, Artist
  • Natalie Kane, Curator of Digital Design, V&A
  • Alastair MacKinven, Artist at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL