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

Fondazione Augusto Rancilio, WAF Conference 2022 Venue

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.

Exploring the Strategic Role of Art Foundations to Strengthen Creative Potential

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS TO DATE

Sharon Corwin

President & CEO

Terra Foundation for American Art

Vicente Todolí

Artistic Director

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Conservation

Guggenheim Bilbao

Ana Botella Diez del Corra

Deputy Director

Centro de Arte Moderna at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Director

Watermill Centre

Louie Jihyun Kim

Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs

D Museum | Daelim Museum

Founding Family, Director

Langen Foundation

Co-Founder

Gallery Climate Coalition 

Zoé Whitley

Director

Chisenhale Gallery

Godfrey Worsdale

Director

Henry Moore Foundation

Nicolas Gitton

Director

Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght

Markus Reymann

Director

TBA21–Academy

Skarlet Smatana

Director

George Economou Collection

Nathalie Guiot

Founder

Fondation Thalie

Elena Quarestani

Founder

ASSAB ONE

Koen Vanmechelen

Co-Founder and Artisic Dircetor

Mouth Foundation, (Museum of Understanding, Trust and Humanity)

Sarah Cosulich

Director

Pinacoteca Agnelli

Cheryl Sim

Director

PHI Foundation

Adelina von Fürstenberg

Founder

Art for The World

Aaron Cezar

Director

Delfina Foundation

Nicolaus Schafhausen

Strategic Director

Fogo Island Arts/Shorefast Belinda Holden

Kim Richter

Senior Research Specialist

Getty Research Institute

Belinda Holden

Executive Director

Yinka Shonibare Foundation

Brigitte Bloksma

Director

museum Beelden aan Zee

Rodrigo Navia-Osorio Vijande

President

Fundació Glòria Soler & Fundació Suñol

Bernhard Zuenkeler

Co-Founder

ESMoA

Nusrat Mahmud

Founder

Brihatta Art Foundation

Bishwajit Goswami

Founder

Brihatta Art Foundation

Naomi Potter

Director

Esker Foundation

Andrea Walsh

Director of Communications

Judd Foundation

Michèle Ruo Yi Landolt

Deputy Director

Asymmetry Art Foundation

Helen Turner

Artistic Director

E-WERK, Luckenwalde

Julia Höner

Artistic Director

KAI10 Arthena Foundation

Christin Petitbone

Vice President

Fondazione Serpone

Freda Isingoma

Founder & CEO

KIISA

Johannes Muselaers

Head of Collections

Philippe Vandenberg Foundation

Leslie Ramos

Head of International Relations

Fondation Maeght

Annika Erikson

C.E.O./Founder

Articheck

Julia Boadle

Founder & Chief Executive

ArtsAbroad

Claude Herrmann

Managing Director

Fortius

Rob Green

CEO

Fortecho Solutions

Alessandro Goppion

CEO

Goppion Technology

Andy Groarke

Co-Founder

Carmody Groarke Architects

Jonny Hepburn

Director of the Creative Team

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

Wednesday 28th September 2022- Day One

07:45 Conference Registration & Networking Welcome Breakfast

09:00 Welcome Remarks

09:15 Panel Discussion:

‘The Role of Art Foundations in the 2020s: Reflection & Aspirations’

11:00 Networking Coffee Break

11:30 Panel Discussion:

‘Stimulating & Promoting Diverse Voices from Artists to Audiences’

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:15 Panel Discission:

‘Retaining Founder’s Wishes from Generation to Generation’

15:30 Networking Coffee Break

16:00 Networking Roundtable Discussions

18:00 Networking Drinks Reception hosted by Pirelli HangarBicocca

Thursday 29th September 2022- Day Two

08:45 Networking Breakfast

09:30

‘Environmental Sustainability & the Impact of Art in a Decarbonising World’

11:15 Networking Coffee Break

11:45 ‘Environmentally Conscious Programming’

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:15 ‘Innovative Approaches for Impactful Outcomes’

15:30 Networking Coffee Break

16:00 ‘Successful Financing Models: Thinking Outside the Box’

17:40 Networking Closing Drinks Reception &

Private Guided Tour of the Villa Arconati

18:45 End of WAF Conference 2022

Drinks Reception hosted by Pirelli HangarBicocca

Conference attendees will be invited to a drinks reception at Pirelli HangarBicocca followed by a private tour of Bruce Nauman’s exhibition entitled Neons, Corridors & Rooms’

  • Welcome Address: Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chairman, Pirelli HangarBicocca
  • Exhibition’s Introduction: Vicente Todolí, Artistic Director, Pirelli HangarBicocca & Roberta Tenconi, Curator, Pirelli HangarBicocca

WITH THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS & VENUE PARTNER

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.

WHY ATTEND

Join us at the WAF Conference 2022 and enjoy 2 days of exclusive content and one-to-one networking opportunities with decision-makers of global art foundations, art-world leaders and international suppliers.

200+

Delegates

50+

Speakers

20+

Countries Represented

2 Days

of Unique Content

C-Level

Attendees

10+ Hours

of exclusive

networking

opportunities

Understand

the impact of the metaverse on art foundations

Discuss

the role and impact of art foundations in the 2020’s

Connect

with like-minded organisations and establish new connections

Strengthen

existing relationships and forge new partnerships

Source

innovative and forward-thinking suppliers

Gain

direct access to decision-makers under one roof

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 is a heritage of great historical, cultural and architectural value. Considered to be an Italian revisitation of Louis XIV’s Versailles, the structure of the Regia Villa is presented today as it was completed by the Arconati family in the late 18th century.

Fondazione Augusto Rancilio is hosting an exhibition by Chinese artist Angela Lyn entitled ‘On the Edge of Time’ that will be on display during the WAF Conference 2022 and open to all attendees.

Address: 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.

BOOK YOUR PLACE

WAF Members

Full Access: 2 Days Of Unique Content + All Networking Functions: €430.00

Non Members

Full Access: 2 Days Of Unique Content + All Networking Functions: €860.00

All Prices Exclude VAT

Click Here to find out more about our WAF Member programme. The annual fee is €350.00

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