Our theme for the Professionals for Africa event is the buoyant African Art market, hosted by Zimbabwean artist Bokani. She was recently featured on the BBC 1 show the Big Painting Challenge and you will hear from and meet leading figures in London’s African Art market.This is a unique opportunity to hear from the experts and learn how you can support the growth of the arts. We look forward to welcoming you to a cultured evening where you will have plenty of time to meet like-minded professionals with an interest in Africa and learn more about exciting emerging art from the continent and its descendants. Special thanks to our host, the exclusive Library Members Club in Covent Garden and our speakers Asia and Helene.
Asia Metsagharun is currently consulting with renowned contemporary African art gallery TAFETA in London. Asia received her master’s degree in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York with a focus on the contemporary Nigerian art market. A protégé and assistant to acclaimed Modern African-American Art dealer Peg Alston, she also spent years with Drew Doggett Photography, first as Studio Manager and then as Director of Strategic Operations. Since her relocation to London in 2015 she has established her art consultancy, Trine Fortuna, in 2017.
Helene Love-Allotey is part of the Modern and Contemporary African Art Department at Bonhams. She has been working on four sales a year. Two Africa Now sales and two South African auctions. Most recently she was involved with the sale of Ben Enwonwu’s Tutu in February 2018 the first African art work to sell for over one million pounds.