With the current uncertain economic climate, and against a backdrop of cuts to public funding for the arts which may continue for years to come, cultural organisations are increasingly being encouraged to look beyond the state for their income and support and thus the need for private philanthropy has never been more important. But who are the philanthropists of the 21st century? What motivates them? Do they share the same social conscience of their historical predecessors? In what ways can they help? What is the role of the private collection in the public collection? How can museums and galleries unlock the potential of philanthropy in these tough economic times? And, can we build 21st century collections together?
Against the historical backdrop of the exhibition Nothing Beautiful Unless Useful and its focus on the enlightened socialist philanthropy of Thomas Horsfall in the 19th century, Nicolas Cattelain and Karen Levy, two major European collectors, will discuss the nature of philanthropy today in conversation with Sebastien Montabonel (Founder – Montabonel & Partners – Post-War & Contemporary Art Advisory).