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.
Malcolm is a solicitor, with over 30 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer in the City. He was the Managing Partner of his firm (Hill Taylor Dickinson) for a number of years and subsequently went on to become Chief Executive of a leading set of barristers Chambers (36 Group) and remains a consultant to the set providing strategic, business development and management consultancy services. Malcolm is also a qualified mediator and is a member of Art Resolve and is a director and founding member of The Art Due Diligence Group. He was also the co-owner and manager of an art gallery in west London, specialising in contemporary art and emerging artists.
Jessica Franses specialises in art law, is a practising barrister with 16 years experience and has worked in art law since 2010. The development of her practice probably coincides with a wider phenomenon – which is the “professionalization of the art market.” The art market has expanded significantly, with many new international art buyers who come from professional backgrounds and from the financial sectors. With this comes expectations that art businesses – galleries, art advisers, agents, auction houses – will conduct their businesses in a professional way too.