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Fondazione Augusto Rancilio, WAF Conference 2022 Venue

The inaugural WAF Conference will be hosted in person on 28 – 29 September 2022, at the majestic Villa Arconati-FAR, Milan, Italy.

Being the only dedicated gathering for all Art Foundations from around the world, the WAF Conference will be a unique opportunity to reconvene following unprecedented times. Art-world leaders will be evaluating the current landscape for Founders and Executives and discuss how to best support artists and engage even further with audiences to ensure financial sustainability.

Confirmed Speakers To Date

Bice Curiger


Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles

Ben Rawlingson Plant

Dep. Director, Global Public Affairs & Comms.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Dr Zoé Whitley

Sabine Longin

Advisor, Cooperation & Cultural Action

French Embassy, Qatar

Ingrid Schaffner


Chinati Foundation

Topics Covered

Art for the People

How have audiences’ expectations changed since the pandemic? What are Art Foundations doing to satisfy these changed views whilst keeping art at the centre?

Social & Environmental Sustainability

The transformative impact from Art Foundations over the last ten years: What has changed and how are they leading this change?

Financial Sustainability

Looking at funding models from ten dissimilar Art Foundations around the world: What can we learn from one another?

Supporting Artists

How are Art Foundations developing their activities to enhance their collections through acquisitions, commissions and residencies?

The Digital Revolution

Are we ready? How will it influence collections, exhibitions, interpretation and audience development?

Board Development

Retaining Founders’ wishes from generation to generation.

What To Expect 






Countries Represented

2 Days

Of Unique Content



10+ Hours

Of exclusive



Venue & Accommodation

Built in a grand Baroque style over the 17th and 18th centuries, the historical Villa Arconati-FAR will be hosting the WAF Conference over two days.

Villa Arconati-FAR, Via Fametta, 1, 20021 Castellazzo Milan, Italy

To book your accommodation, please find a Hotel Map link to see nearby hotels. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment. Please note it is the responsibility of the delegates to book their accommodation.

Registration Fee

WAF Members:

Full Access: 2 Days Of Unique Content + All Networking Functions: €430

Non Members:

Full Access: 2 Days Of Unique Content + All Networking Functions: €860

Click Here To Become An Annual WAF Member For €350

All Prices Exclude VAT

Confirmed Sponsor To Date

For companies looking to develop and leverage business opportunities, the WAF Conference will provide exclusive branding and hosting opportunities. As the only dedicated gathering for private Art Foundations, use this opportunity to raise your profile internationally and gain a competitive edge.

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