Art at Sea Symposium 2018

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Essential information

Date and time: 
2 May 2018 | All day
£325 | academic rate available on request
National Maritime Museum

Discover how best to protect the cultural integrity of on board art.

Please note:  Following the postponement of this symposium, due to weather and transport issues, we are pleased to announce the rescheduled date of Wednesday 2nd May.


This symposium brings together specialists from across all spheres of the art and superyacht industries, supported by our own team of conservation experts, in association with Pandora Art Services.

Offering a varied programme of talks, discussions and networking opportunities keynote speakers will include Dr William Collier, (Managing Director at yacht designer GL Watson), John Leonida, (Partner at law firm Clyde & Co),  and Nic Arnold, (Director at professional services firm PwC).

As the nature of the superyacht and art worlds evolve these two facets of the luxury industry are converging with increasingly extreme demands. In response this symposium aims to start the debate and seek to create cross industry best practice standards in the area of protection of art in marine interiors.

What should I expect?

The day will offer a varied program of talks and moderated discussions across four topics with fantastic networking opportunities, culminating in an evening reception and private tour of the Queen’s House including the recently conserved Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. Registration will be 9-10am and the evening reception will finish at 7pm.


  • Why is conservation an important consideration? Helen Robertson, National Maritime Museum
  • Carrying Art at Sea: Tony Baumgartner Partner, Clyde & Co


  • Build and Design: Dr William Collier, G L Watson
  • Build and Design: John Leonida Partner, Clyde & Co


  • Movement & Transportation: Momart
  • Insurance: Mike Taylor-West, La Playa Insurance
  • Tax compliance: Nic Arnold, PWC
  • Legal considerations: Panos Pourgourides, Hill Dickinson

Troubleshooting and training 

  • Pandora Mather-Lees, Art consultant
  • Helen Robertson, National Maritime Museum

Download the full conference programme

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