Event Details


Public Program: 5 x 5 – The Artist and the Patron

Sunday 6 May 2pm – 4pm

Forum participants

Facilitator: Edmund Capon AM OBE (former director of the Art Gallery of NSW (1978 – 2011)). Scholar of Chinese Art. Edmund Capon currently chairs 4A – Centre for Contemporary Art.

Panelists:  Dr Dick Quan, Lisa Paulsen, Julian Meagher

The history of art patronage stretches millennia. Once the privilege and duty of the great and powerful; kings, queens, emperors and the Church, patronage has supported the creation and preservation of great works of art through active commissioning and custodianship. Today’s patronage takes place in the global marketplace, fuelled by commerce, investment strategies, gallerist brokers and tastemakers, and artist pivots – be they superstars or on the rise.

This forum considers the contemporary collecting environment and practices. It considers: relationships that are built between collectors and artists; How does one inform and influence the practices and taste of the other?  What drives the urge to collect, to possess, to hold? Custodian or collector? Philanthropic or private impulse? How does the gallerist shape contemporary patronage?

These and other issues to be explored.

Exhibition in Main Gallery:

5 x 5 – The Artist and the Patron, looks to the relationship between collectors and artists, and the driving forces and impulses behind private art collection.

Five Sydney based collectors were invited to nominate an artist from their own extensive collections, with whom they shared a particular affinity and had collected works over a period of time. The five pairings include art advisor and Artspace Board Member, Amanda Love, and British artist Tracey Emin; lawyer and NAVA Chair James Emmett and artist Julian Meagher; art patron and philanthropist, Lisa Paulsen and artist and critic Patrick Hartigan; physician and Director of Holdsworth House, Dick Quan and Indonesian artist Uji ‘Hahan’ Hanoko Eko Saputro; and anonymous – ‘the private collector’ and artist Nigel Milsom.

Bookings essential. Please call 4735 1100 or email gallery@penrith.city

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