Second Edition of the Art Market Forum – Online


Second Edition of the Art Market Forum

The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) is pleased to announce the second edition of the Art Market Forum, which will be held online and fully bilingual.

The Art Market Forum is coming back virtually for its second edition! Aiming to promote communal skill sharing and networking, while offering participants an opportunity to come together to discuss the challenges currently affecting our sector, the forum will explore the themes of management and the digital shift. Through conferences, workshops and discussions, AGAC wishes to provide participants with the means to deal with new art market trends.

This year the forum will be fully bilingual as every activity will have simultaneous translations, in English and in French.

Accessible everywhere, the forum is intended for gallerists, staff working in private galleries, as well as cultural workers in any fields who are interested in the art market.


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Two main themes: Management and Digital

Art Market Management
In Canada, there is no educational program that leads to specific professions related to the art market and most people in the sector have learned from first-hand experiences, through mentorship or by instinct. The theme of art market management is therefore essential to complement the skills acquired by professionals with specific training that addresses current issues. With this management component, we aim to train participants in aspects of management in areas such as public and media relations, marketing, team management and relations with artists.

The Art Market in the Digital Age
The context of the last few months having pushed cultural players to turn to online tools, we will explore for a second year the art market in the digital age. This theme is a must, as changes in this field are rapid and constantly require the re-evaluation and updating of newly acquired skills. The conferences and training offered under this theme will allow participants to better understand and master tools and concepts such as data, search engines, Instagram, Wikipedia or augmented and virtual realities.

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When: November 16th – 20th, 2020

Overview: Conferences, workshops and discussions about management and the digital shift. Through an exciting and varied program, AGAC aims to equip participants to better face new art market trends.

Who should attend: Accessible everywhere, the Forum is intended for gallerists, staff working in private galleries, as well as cultural workers in any fields who are interested in the art market.

Where: Online

Full program: $ 250 + taxes
À la carte: $ 60 + taxes

Register for the Art Market Forum


Keynote Lecture: Ebony L. Haynes, new director of David Zwirner Gallery in New York

Facebook Live on Friday, November 20th, 2020 at noon.

AGAC is proud to present a lecture by gallerist Ebony L. Haynes. Having recently joined David Zwirner Gallery, Haynes will lead and run a new space in Manhattan. In addition to reviewing her career in the art market, she will discuss her most recent projects.

This lecture is free and open to the general public. It will be held in English.

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design University, Ebony L. Haynes is a New York-based Canadian author, curator and gallerist. Haynes worked as director of the Martos Gallery in Manhattan where her curatorial efforts combined historical investigations with contemporary art practice. Guest professor and critic at the Yale School of Art, Haynes launched the Black Art Sessions this summer, offering free classes to black students interested in learning more about the art market.

The Contemporary Art Galleries Association thanks its partners, SODEC and Caisse de la Culture, for their invaluable support.

About AGAC
AGAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of Canadian private galleries. Through initiatives and events to disseminate and promote contemporary art, it mobilizes and raises awareness of collecting among a wide-ranging public.

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Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC)

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