Contemporary Arts Trust traces its roots back to June 1999 with the establishment of the Arts Club Charitable Trust, now renamed and restructured as Contemporary Arts Trust.
The Trust’s objective is to assist deserving artists who show promise; to encourage them to remain in the arts and continue on their creative journey. Contemporary Arts Trust encourages every discipline within the Fine Applied Arts. Since its formation the Trust has given more than £375,000 in prizes and awards.
Contemporary Arts Trust is run entirely by unpaid trustees all of whom have extensive and enthusiastic experience in the arts and management. Every pound donated by Members, Patrons and Award Donors goes to the artists and arts the Trust supports. Contemporary Arts Trust is wholly reliant on donations. If you would enjoy being part of art history in the making, please visit our donations page.
Peter Nahum began his career at Sotheby’s in 1966. During his 17 years there he initiated the Victorian Painting Department in 1971 and was head of Sotheby’s British Painting Department (1840 to Contemporary). He was a Senior Director sitting on the chairman’s committee . He left in 1984 to open his own gallery, The Leicester Galleries, in St James’s, London, specialising in paintings, drawings and sculptures of museum quality from the 19th and 20th centuries, which he ran for 25 years. He is a television personality, celebrity auctioneer, academic, lecturer, author and regular lender of paintings to international exhibitions. He created and built Online Galleries (www.onlinegallereis.com) to provide a selling portal for the top 5,500 Art & Antique Dealers in the world who all belong to the over-body trade association, C. I. N. O. A. and their member associations such as for the B.A.D.A. (The British Antique Dealers Association) and NAADAA (The National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America).
Judith Kellermann, Chair, worked for eight years in hospitals as a junior doctor from 1976, before joining a General Practice where she continued until her retirement as the Senior Partner in 2013.
She also co-founded with her husband Peter Batkin, who is Contemporary Arts Trust’s secretarial consultant, a charity specialising in special needs children, which they later developed into a school which teaches a very specific methodology for those children.
As a lover of the arts, Judith and her husband have collected eclectically and are members of various Art Galleries and Museums in the Britain as well as internationally.
Peter Batkin (1954-2018) was assistant to Contemporary Arts Trust’s secretary and kept the trustees up-to-speed on the charity’s ever changing role. He was a Senior Director of Sotheby’s, where he worked for 27 years. In 1988, he was responsible for opening up the Russian and Eastern Europe markets, commencing with the first auction to be held in Moscow of Contemporary Artists who were not members of the Union of Artists. He was responsible for discovering and making public the trophies of war which had been taken by the Russians, which included around 100 Impressionist works including Degas’s Place de le Concorde which had disapeared in 1945 as it had been hidden in Russia as a state secret. In 2000, he became adviser to the board of the auctioneers Phillips de Pury. He was an Executive Film Producer, Art Consultant, Security Consultant and consultant to the family business.