TAC Keynote Speakers
Since July, The Art Conference has welcomed some exceptional individuals to the TAC Stage in London and New York. From artists to gallery directors, curators to collectors. TAC Speakers are hand-selected by director Tina Ziegler for their unique vision, experience and the contributions they have made to Contemporary art. Find below a complete list of TAC speakers to date.
Fine Artist and Mural Painter
Hailing from Ireland and residing in the USA, Maser creates large-scale mural work, collaborating with the likes of musician Damien Dempsey, JR, Connor Harrington and Fintan Magee. Most recently he was invited as one of 11 selected artists to produce a lm accompanying the songs on U2’s 13th album.
Digital Art Curator
Fois is an independent curator based in London, responsible for numerous exhibitions in the UK and abroad including Upfor, Portland, 2016; The Other Art Fair, London; and Art15 Global Art Fair, London. In 2010 she founded La Scatola Gallery, London, and her latest academic research on the subject of “prosumerism” has been published by the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts.
Artist and Activist, Founder of Public Ad Campaign
New York, NYC
Seiler is a New-York-based artist and activist who at the beginning of the 2000s began covering outdoor advertise- ments with simple patterns or blank soothing images. His works quickly developed into a critique of the social e ects of advertising on the shared public psyche, and the resulting debut project – Public Ad Campaign – has become a global movement of over 100 street artists.
Artist, Sculptor and Poet
Montgomery is a Scottish-born, London-based sculptor and poet known for his site specific installations created from light and text, often installed illegally amid industrial and urban sites.
Montgomery’s installations address universal themes such as power, love and kindness, with sparse language and dramatic visuals.
Jess X Snow is a queer Asian-American artist, filmmaker and poet, creating work to “expose narratives of time travel, diaspora, intimacy and collective protest by connecting the queer and colored body with the body of the Earth”.
Snow is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative, and a teaching artist who has worked with previously incarcerated families, migrant and indigenous youth communities to produce art and poetry that speak their truth. Her artwork has appeared in the The LA Times, The Huffington Post, The UN Human Rights Council and on indoor and outdoor walls throughout the US.
Having curated more than 55 art exhibitions working with over 300 artists across Europe, American-German Tina Ziegler has built a reputation as a curator and fair organiser representing the most renowned international proponents of the Pop Surrealist and Urban Contemporary art movement.
In 2010, Ziegler designed and published Hunt and Gather Art, a hardcover art book featuring the work of 45 international artists, published and distributed by Mark Batty NYC. Since 2011, she has co-produced Moniker Art Fair, as a coordinator while producing and curating exhibitions within it each year.
Fascinated by the crossover of art, emerging technology and urban culture, Ziegler launched The Art Conference in July 2016 to facilitate a platform for discussion and engagement within the contemporary and urban art worlds, and has more recently been appointed as director of Moniker Art Fair, now in its eighth year.
Jessica Drislane is a strategy consultant to both the art and ecommerce industries, specifically acting as Head of Corporate Business Development & Strategy for Invaluable, one of the world's largest online marketplaces for fine art and collectibles.
Prior to her work within ecommerce, Drislane began her career as a financial analyst and private equity investor in technology and B2C businesses, going on to invest in equity fund managers at Harvard Management Company, and was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Ann Lydecker Bunge is Vice President of Collectrium, the leading technology platform for tangible asset management, owned by Christie’s. She was previously VP of a UK-based international art advisory and appraisal firm, Director of Worldwide Sales for two fine art storage and logistics companies, and responsible for launching artnets online auctions as well as three successful Silicon Valley startups.
A founding member of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ann is additionally on the Board of Advisors for Lighthouse Guild and Artists Talk on Art, and the co-chair of the Global Fine Art Awards 2017.
Adam Ghahramani is a creative technology producer and columnist, previously Head of Digital Product for a creative agency in NYC and the founder of one of the largest platforms online for young artists to share their work.
He has built and grown websites, social networks, advertising software, apps, video games, and education portals, and sits on the board of ICv2, a business-focused media company for the comic book and graphic novel industry.
Hailing from Montreal, Carlo De Luca is a master screen printer, entrepreneur, art collector and founder of Station 16 Printshop & Gallery, the official gallery of the Montreal Mural Festival. He has spent 25 years working within the silkscreen business, acquiring art and promoting artists worldwide.
De Luca’s printshop and gallery output encompasses limited edition multiples – working with emerging and established urban, street and pop artists – alongside brand and promotional apparel.
Abby Graf Subak is the Director of Arts Gowanus, a non-profit organization working to support, promote, and advocate for artists and a sustainable arts community.
Following a career in environmental organizing and non-profit management, Subak – who although hailing from Pittsburgh now resides and works in Gowanus Brooklyn – began organizing on behalf of artists in 2012, and is herself a life-long artist and maker .
Wayne Rada is the founder, curator & project manager of the Little Italy Street Art Project NYC,= and creator of mural project Art of Comedy for the New York Comedy Festival, responsible for the creation of more than 115 murals in Lower Manhattan.
He has received significant acclaim from Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and Presidential Hillary Clinton, and was more recently asked to create a mural tribute to the victims of the Orlando Nightclub shooting for Heritage of Pride.
James Burke is an award winning visual artist and creative director from London. He is the founder of acrylicize; the multi disciplinary creative studio born out of his Art degree, working with a variety of media to create work that explores themes of identity and art's relationship with the commercial world. Burke's philosophy has always been to challenge art's dependency on the gallery institution, making work that focuses on accessibility and the desire to positively connect people with their environment.
Antony Micallef is a British artist who was taught by the great landscape painter John Virtue, who in turn was taught by the last of the post war painters the renowned Frank Auerbach. Widely recognised as one of the finest painters in contemporary art today. He has work in collections all over the world and has exhibited in group shows in institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy, Tate Britain and the ICA London.
Joe Turnbull is an arts journalist who is interested in counterculture, street art and the politics of cultural production. He has written for the Guardian, Frieze, Apollo, a-n, thisistomorrow and Garageland on topics ranging from art and advertising, tensions between public and private space, and art as activism. He is also Assistant Editor of Disability Arts Online.
Remi Rough continues to challenge the boundaries of contemporary painting as he traverses between the collected history of art and today’s urban lexicon. Thematically he continues to explore associations between Suprematist concepts, Abstract Expressionism and Graffiti art. Which in practice and theory they become ever present. This amalgamation yields a new type of modernist painting, one that reflects his passion for the aforementioned but also his desire to re-imagine it all for todays world.
Brandalism is an international collective working to expose and reduce the effects of commercial advertising on contemporary social, mental and environmental life. Why advertising? Alongside corporate lobbying, it is one engine of multinational corporate power fuelling the distractive and destructive forces of consumerism. Its cumulative cultural capacity to modulate our values and understandings of ‘change’ require ongoing intervention if we are to ever deal with the progressively gruesome status of our social and environmental reality.
Intervening into advertising spaces that usually celebrate consumption, Brandalism use ‘subvertising’, short for ‘subverting advertising’, to divert messages towards ones of anti-consumption. By utilising popular forms of visual arts, Brandalism uses outdoor advertising spaces as a lens through which we can view the multiple social and environmental justice issues that consumerism exacerbates. Some of the posters present words and images that poetically reflect on modes of alternative living to suggest the more fundamental transformations in culture possible (and necessary) to circumvent environmental decline. If the city is both the producer of citizenship and the generator of innovation, it is the soil in which democracy lives. Without the city and maximised exchanges, democracy loses strength to create potential futures.
We began in July 2012 in England with a small team in a van. Over subsequent interventions, Brandalism has spread across ten UK cities and in 2015 to Paris for the UN climate talks (http://www.brandalism.org.uk/press). In 2016 we established an international network that has spread across 10 countries to date. Our network has partner organisations in various EU states, the US and within the global south.
An artist at heart, Louis is increasingly seen as an activist, a term he uses with some reluctance whilst acknowledging the power of visual language and social media. Masai wants to use his art as an agent for change and ecological awareness. He is an artist first and foremost but his strong beliefs inform his practice at every turn. His street practice should be understood as a dialogue and complementary to his gallery work.
Masai understands that the ecological issue facing mankind is possibly the greatest threat we have ever faced and one, which this generation has a duty to address.
Eleni Duke is the founder and director of Curious Duke Gallery and The Secret Art Prize, both exhibiting at this year's Moniker Art Fair. At the age of 27 Eleni Duke started Curious Duke gallery as an online business and now stands as a fully fledged 'anti-gallery'. Curious Duke Gallery is currently London's leading urban and contemporary art space for emerging artists. The business has grown exponentially to great acclaim having won second place in Smarta 100 Micro Business Awards 2013.
Eleni brings her years of experience in the industry and insights into what makes a successful artist. She will be speaking on Friday, October 7th at 1pm.
Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison is one of the world’s leading post-war pop art specialists, owner of RISEgallery and advisor and consultant to institutions and private clients across Europe, the middle east, the US and China. He is additionally a philanthropist, social entrepreneur and founder of numerous art projects.
Kevin will be speaking on Friday, October 7th at 12:30pm, discussing the power of art to create change for social issues.
Rebecca Wilson is Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art, formerly a Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London and editor of ArtReview. In 2007 she created New Sensations, a prize for art students which identifies and supports the most exciting emerging artists in the UK. Wilson has over 10 years of experience working with emerging artists.
Rebecca will be speaking on Saturday, October 8th at 12:30pm about the use of new technology in the arts and the direction contemporary art is going.
Gallery Director, Founder of OPEN WALLS Gallery
Guillaume Trotin is the gallery director of OPEN WALLS Gallery in Berlin, Germany. A unique and internationally renowned gallery space that focuses on Public Art. OPEN WALLS was founded by French couple Elodie Bellanger and Guillaume Trotin in 2012, former joint curators of the renowned West Berlin Gallery and the infamous Stattbad Wedding. Having learned a lot from the previous experiences, and realising that not having a background in Arts can actually turn out to be a positive thing, Elodie and Guillaume strive to provide a fresh outlook and an apt business approach. They both have a strong passion for further developing the terms and ideologies of Public Art, and have an in-depth knowledge of every artist they represent.
Journalist, Co- Founder of Woman on Walls
Sweden and the Middle East
Mia Grondahl is a Swedish journalist who has lived between Sweden (Österlen) and the Middle East (Jerusalem/Cairo). She is the co-founder of Woman on Walls and has played an important role in Egypt to empower woman. Women on Walls (WOW) is a public art project in Egypt aimed at empowering women through the use of street art, by encouraging the portrayal of strong Egyptian female figures in street art and empowering female street artists themselves to participate in the political space of graffiti. Building on the popularity of street art as a form of political expression during the January 25 revolution, the aim of this project is to increase awareness of women’s issues by introducing women into public space.
Journalist and Founder of Vandalog
New York, NYC
Rushmore has been exploring contemporary art as a writer, curator, photographer, arts administrator, critic, and fan since 2008, focussing on the transformative potential of art in public space. Rushmore spends his days as Digital Marketing Manager at Creative Time and nights as Editor-in-Chief of street art blog Vandalog. He has written two books concerning street art and graffiti respectively, and spent two year’s as co-curator of The L.I.S.A. Project NYC, a mural program in Lower Manhattan.
Fine Artist and Urban Artist
New York, NYC
Born in 1957 in Chicago and currently based in Brooklyn, Witz’s extraordinary, o -kilter street art has won numerous accolades and grants, exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.
Solo shows include New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin, with Witz’s work featured in The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Hu ngton Post, Vice, and the cover of Juxtapoz Magazine. In 2010, Gingko Press released In Plain View, 30 Years of Artworks, Illegal and Otherwise, a monograph documenting Witz’s career and works created in the studio and on the street.
Montemayor is an emerging Mexican photographer and visual artist, recently graduated from London College of Fashion with a masters in fashion photography. His work displays a broad spectrum of styles and subjects including fashion, documentary photography, landscapes, lm, art installations, visuals for music and virtual reality experiences.
Jensen is a creative director, artist, artist liaison, producer and project manager based in London, and is the founder of Spraying Bricks, a network of emerging and established street and graffiti artists from across the globe.
Artist and Activist
Edwards is a London-based artist and co-founder of A-side B-side Gallery in Hackney Downs. In 2015, her work was selected to be part of Dismaland, Banksy’s ‘bemusement park’ in Weston-Super-Mare, a particular highlight alongside regularly-held exhibitions across the UK, Germany, Austria, Poland and the USA.
Director of the Urban Forms Foundation, Poland.
Latusezwska established Urban Forms Foundation in 2008. She was inspired to turn her city of Łódź, Poland into an outdoor gallery of murals and bring international artists to transform the face of the city. She has worked actively on aestheticising the public space and changing the social status quo through art. Urban Forms focuses on broadly defined city culture and on organizing, promoting and supporting independent artistic initiatives in public space. Artists such as Os Gemeos, Aryz, Inti, Remed, Etam Crew and many more have produced large murals for the project.
Founder of Skute.me
Lewis will address how art can be used to connect powerful fragmented communities, making the world a smaller more connected place. “At Skute we see art as a major facilitator to help deliver more meaningful digital conversations and experiences. By bringing technology and art together into these physical spaces, allows for real world discovery, the ability to engage, join the conversation, to share and to inspire others. The connected world we live in is changing, are you ready? ”
Official Host of The Art Conference
Doug is the founder of arts based media outlet Fifth Wall TV and is the official host to The Art Conference, with a focus on documenting the art scene in London and beyond, Doug brings his vast knowledge of the urban art market and witty sense of humour to TAC.
An internationally recognised artist known for large-scale monochromatic paintings, British-born Lucy McLauchlan channels the influence of her immediate environment into poignant, explorative works.
Through her art consultancy business ATTOLLO, Chilton has already worked hard to bring street murals to Marrakech and Essaouira, now setting her sights on Croydon, while additionally curating for The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington.
Arts Administrator, Founder of Human Nature
Webster founded Human Nature, which supports and promotes UK street artists, seeing them as as a vital component of the positive transition to a sustainable future. Over a decade, she has worked in communications to further this school of thinking, not least with Solarcentury, one of the world's leading solar tech companies.
Elle Kaye has received significant press attention and acclaim for her taxidermy work, not only teaching members of the public in London and Essex but working on original and commissioned pieces with ethically-sourced wildlife. She has partnered with likeminded taxidermist Simon Wilson to create Natural History Interiors, working on projects up to and including large-scale installations.<p>
Elle will be speaking on Sunday at 1pm at The Art Conference.
Sarah Williams is an art buyer and producer with over a decade of experience, working in London and Sydney and currently undertaking the role of Head of Art Buying at M&C Saatchi London. Her clients include businesses including TFL, Virgin Holidays, NatWest, Ballantines, Havana Club, House of Peroni, Royal Mail, and Toni&Guy.
Through her talks, she aims to inspire young artists to further their careers with tips from her years of experience and examples of success stories.
Lu-Lu Evans is the Manager of O N C A in Brighton. O N C A believes that the arts are capable of catalysing dramatic shifts within society: their focus is on inspiring positive action in response to current cultural and environmental urgencies. O N C A curates and supports a wide range of arts events and activities, all of which respond in some way to environmental change.
Lu-Lu joined the team as the O N C A Manager in 2015, having previously worked in photography and artist management in London and Brighton. She is interested in working with community groups and developing inclusive platforms, through art, that encourage discussion and exploration of environmental and social issues. She is also passionate about making O N C A a more sustainable organisation both financially and in terms of wellbeing.