26 September 2022

Innovations in Art - a video mini-series with Smartify

Forsters’ Art and Cultural Property team with Private Client Partner, Catherine Hill launch ‘Innovations in Art’ together with Smartify – the world’s most downloaded museum app.

‘Innovations in Art’, a mini-series of videos, features specialist artists and their works, to help demonstrate innovations in the art world and their relevance today.

We explore evolution in the creative process, ownership and sale of art works and restoration techniques, demonstrating the value of art as a record of our shared cultural history.

In the name of art and from art lovers Forsters and Smartify, watch the first in our mini-series of short videos about art - starting with ‘Innovations in the Art World – changes in the creation of art’.

Changes in the Creation of Art

How did art begin? From 70,000-year old cave paintings using soil, burnt charcoal and chalk to today’s mixing of bright and wonderfully-rich pigments, you’ll hear more about how innovations in art have helped to turn the world technicolour.

From Da Vinci and Vermeer, using science, maths, and now high-tech solutions, digital art and NFTs – see how the art world has progressed and hear from modern day experts including Richard Deacon RA – award winning abstract sculptor.

Experience and enjoyment

Why is art inseparable from life? It’s embedded in our need to tell stories, to inspire and to provoke us into thinking. George Sand said it’s meaningless without an audience and that the sale and enjoyment of art is as important as the art itself.

Watch our video to travel down the ages from the paintings of Gainsborough to commentary from modern-day sculptor Richard Hudson, and discover how art in the public eye has developed from portraits of the individual (the figurative), to the abstract, taking on different shapes and forms;an interesting reflection of the times we live in.

Innovations in conservation and preservation in art

Why do people vandalise art? Did you know that the Mona Lisa has been damaged five times, and that Rembrandt’s Nightwatch was attacked with acid and a knife? We ask what drives this and what innovations we see in our restoration techniques used to conserve our masterpieces and enjoy them today?

Up to date techniques including imaging, high resolution photography, analysis and AI all help to establish what was missing from damaged artworks for future generations. Kalliopi Lemos, sculptor, painter and installation artist give her insight into the importance of choosing the right materials when we produce art.

How does Smartify work?

Smartify is a free app that allows you to explore the artworld virtually, taking digital tours or using it to find works on show at home and abroad. It can scan artworks in order to not only identify them but also to access instant art commentary on your mobile device. It makes artwork accessible for a global audience through innovative technology and engaging storytelling. Smartify was founded in 2015 and now works with over 150 museums, galleries and historic houses worldwide, delivering information about opening hours and what’s on locally and internationally and providing audio and visual guided tours of venues, and information about individual artworks and artists at the click of a button.

View the mini-series 'Innovations in Art' on Smartify

About our team

Against this backdrop, Catherine Hill and her team aim to demonstrate both their collective and individual love of art that translates into ongoing work at Forsters, helping to promote the private client and wider specialist services that Forsters provides to living artists.

The team provides a full range of services for artists in order to help maximise the value of their art and, in the long-term, build an enduring legacy.

Services include:

  • Tax efficient structuring of the artist’s business
  • Advising on contractual relationships with galleries, museums and other institutions
  • Advising on employment of interns, studio assistants and managers, curators and archivists
  • Supporting the management of an artist's archive
  • Advising on intellectual property rights and royalties for protection of the artist’s work
  • Tax advice and support
  • Preparing Wills and structuring foundations and alternative entities for legacy planning purposes

Forsters' Private Wealth practice is top [Band 1] ranked in the latest edition of The Chambers HNW Guide.

Further information on our Art and Cultural Property Group's specialist expertise can be found here.


“Follow the paint” on a unique tour of artist Jock McFadyen’s studio whilst he reveals the mastery behind his paintings and artistic legacy

Forsters’ Head of Art and Cultural Property, Catherine Hill, joins longstanding client Jock McFadyen at his artist studio in London Fields for a captivating conversation in which Jock reveals his painting techniques, reflects on a 50-year career and the challenges of accepting the kind of artist you’ve become, as well as musings on the future of the art market.

a unique tour of artist Jock McFadyen’s studio whilst he reveals the mastery behind his paintings and artistic legacy

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