UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Art (I)Relevance: AI and art futures symposium

12 September 2019, 10:00 am–6:00 pm


The inaugural 'AI and art futures symposium' will explore the interplay of art market futures, art and data, and the role of the tangible and intangible artefact. Attendance is by invitation only.

Event Information

Open to

Invitation Only


UCL and Arts Council England - Paula Cadenhead

This one-day event will bring together leading international speakers to discuss:

  • historical and emergent digital arts practice
  • art market trends
  • data driven innovation for makers and public and private audiences.

Panel discussions will respond to sector themes and technological innovation. 

A prototype lab will offer a space to test and share emerging content and concepts from industry and academia. 

This event is supported by Arts Council England and will take place at the Barbican, London.


The event will explore the following topics:

  • How the democratisation of art is shaping art markets: What are the current themes emerging from the art markets and how is digitalisation shaping future interactions?
  • Technological advances and the experience of art: Data driven opportunities and considerations for the collector.
  • Will blockchain save art? Next phase perspectives on blockchain for artists and markets.
  • Digital futures, materiality and added value: When data is a medium for artistic expression, is there a future for the material artefact? 

There'll also be a prototype lab and a drinks reception in the Barbican Conservatory to test emerging content from industry and academia.

Who it’s for

Contributors and guests at this event will include artists, collectors and those working in museums, galleries, policy and academia.


Speakers will include:

  • Adriano Torcello di Picinati, Director, Deloitte Art and Finance
  • Bernadine Brocker-Wieder, CEO, Vastari Group
  • Professor Chris Salter, Artist, Professor of Computation Arts, Concordia University
  • Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive, Creative United
  • Kadine James, Creative Tech Lead, Hobs3D
  • Guy Vesey, Head of Business Development Marketing, Europe, Philips
  • Simon Cane, Executive Director, UCL Culture
  • Professor Miguel Rodrigues, Information Theory and Processing,
  • UCL Nick Lambert, Director of Research, Ravensbourne
  • Tonya Nelson, Director Arts Technology and Innovation, Arts Council England
  • Lawrence Chiles, Head of Digital Services, The National Gallery
  • Melanie Lenz, Digital Art Curator, V&A
  • Dr Anna Donovan, Vice Dean (Innovation), Lecturer in Law,
  • UCL Mark Waugh, Business Development Director, DACS 
  • Hayley Newman, Reader, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • Abby Brindly, Associate, Mischon de Reya
  • Professor Anthony Julius, Deputy Chairman, Mischon de Reya
  • Robert Norton, Founder and CEO, Verisart
  • Kieren Reed, Director, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • Phaedra Shanbaum, UCL Knowledge Lab
  • Professor Jon Thomson, Artist, Thomson and Craighead, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • Alison Craighead, Artist, Thomson & Craighead
  • Deepa Mann-Klerr, CEO, Neon
  • Jake Elwes, Artist
  • Natalie Kane, Curator of Digital Design, V&A


Date and times

The symposium will take place on Thursday, 12 September 2019, from 10am to 6pm.


Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Register your interest

This event is open to invited guests only. If you're interested in attending, please email p.cadenhead@ucl.ac.uk

Photo © Jake Elwes