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Arts and antiquities experts come to NewcastleGateshead to discuss the issues of industry theft

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, NewcastleGateshead
A brand new conference addressing the impact of crime and theft in the arts and cultural sector launches at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, NewcastleGateshead, on Friday 11 November.
The International Arts & Antiquities Security Forum (IAASF), is a one-day conference which will see over 100 security and arts professionals gather to learn and discuss the protection of arts, culture and antiquities.

Sarah Thackray, Director of BeaconHouse Events, who is organising the event, said: “The arts security conference market is still relatively untapped in the UK. We are delighted that we have such a wide range of international speakers represented in the programme for this inaugural event and we’ve received real interest from the market since launching.”

A BBC Five Live Investigates series in 2013 estimated art and antique theft in the UK to be worth £300m annually. Globally, the figure rises to more than £10bn.

Andy Davis, Chair of IAASF and MD at Trident Manor, said: “The need for protecting global arts, antiquities, cultural sites and sites of historical relevance has never been greater.

“The Forum and shared knowledge that it brings will help individuals and organisations understand and better manage these risks in a cost effective, sensible and practical manner – collectively allowing us to tackle these issues and reduce the cost of crime to the sector.”

Designed to provide those working in the arts, cultural and antiquities sectors guidance on the global security threats that exist and the methods and techniques to manage impact on organisations and assets, IAASF has attracted a panel of leading international speakers in the field of arts security, including:
·         Michael Huijser, Executive Director of the Dutch National Maritime Museum and a government advisor to the Dutch Minister of Culture
·         Jim McGuffey, ASIS Cultural Properties Council – Lead on Protecting Places of Worship.
·         Dr Sam Hardy, Archaeologist
·         Dr Nicholas Eastaugh, Founder and Chief Scientist, Art Analysis and Research
·         Ricardo Sanz Marcos, Member of the Cultural Heritage Council, ASIS International
·         Andy Davis, Owner and MD, Trident Manor
·         Adrian Green, Detective Chief Superintendent, Durham Constabulary
·         Annabel Fell-Clark, former CEO of AXA Art
·         Dennis Ahearn, Directory of Security UK, Christie’s

Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “It is always a pleasure to see new conferences being launched in NewcastleGateshead. We have a thriving culture and art community and IAASF provides huge benefits to that community, not only though the talks and discussions at the event but by also attracting expertise from outside of the region to share experiences and ideas.”

IAASF takes place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on Friday 11 November 2016.

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