The WAF Global Conference was hosted on 14 – 15 November 2023, at the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Athens, Greece.

Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, WAF Conference 2023 Venue

Being the only dedicated gathering for all Art Foundations around the world, the WAF Conference was once again a unique opportunity to reconvene. Art-world leaders evaluated the future of Art Foundations putting together their knowledge and experiences. Over the two days Founders and Executives discussed how to grow and care for Collections, financial challenges and strategies, Sustainability, Partnership models and how to support artists and engage even further with audiences thanks to Grant-giving and Programme delivery.

Enhancing the Future of Art Foundations through Common

Development & Global Knowledge

Peter Deckers & Helena Stork, Co-Founders, World Art Foundations

Robert Wilson, Founder, The Watermill Center

Marie Koutsomallis, Head of collections, Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation

Fleurette P. Karadontis, President, Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation

Clare Hindle, Director, World Art Foundations

Session 1: Panel Discussion – Growing & Caring for a Collection in The 2020s

  • How are Collectors positioning themselves towards today’s social and political issues?  
  • Acquisition Committees & Advisory Boards: Roles and structures for a sustainable growth
  • Discussing the future of cultural relations between Art Foundations and public museums
  • Commercial Markets: Finding balance between supporting emerging and established artists

Chair: Benedicta M Badia Nordenstahl, Collector & Patron

Speakers: Sandra Terdjman, Co – Founder, KADIST

Javier Lumbreras, Co – Founder, Collegium

Ioanna Vryzaki, Director, D.Daskalopoulos Collection

 

Odile Tevie, Co-Founder & Director, Nubuke Foundation

Karsten Schmitz, Founder, Stiftung Federkiel

Nusrat Mahmud, Co-Founder, Brihatta Art Foundation

Session 2: Panel Discussion – How & Why Have Artists – Led Art Foundations Evolved Over The Last Two Decades?

  • Review ing the different structures and analysing the need for change from the traditional models
  • How and why are Artist – led Art Foundations impacting societies?
  • What does legacy and succession planning look like from an Artist point of view?
  • Local Content: Ensuring Knowledge Transfer is effectively implemented across the Art Foundations’ eco-system
  • Discussing the opportunities of working with public institutions
  • The relevance and opportunities for Artist – led Art Foundations to partner with Galleries

Chair: Cheryl Sim, Managing Director & Curator, Fondation PHI

Speakers: Robert Wilson, Founder, Watermill Centre

Elizabeth Smith, Director, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Allan Schwartzman, Founder & Principal,Schwartzman&

Godfrey Worsdale, Director, Henry Moore Foundation

Mireia Massagué, Director & Mikel Chillida, Development Manager, Fundación Eduardo Chillida y Pilar Belzunce

Belinda Holden, Managing Director & Curator, Yinka Shonibare Foundation

Nicole Martorana, Director of Programming, The Watermill Center

Session 3: Panel Discussion – Achieving Financial Sustainability Whilst Delivering Charitable Objectives

  • What are the new income streams and how sustainable are they ?
  • Measuring and quantifying the balance between financial and charitable successes
  • What does the future for Fundraising look like?
  • How viable and sustainable are Endowments ?
  • Reflecting on established commercial structures, what does the future look likes for Art Foundations and Galleries?
  • Mission vs. Costs: Assessing the viability of a project

Chair: Nura Makki, Global Partnerships, World Art Foundations

Speakers: Nigel Carrington, Chair, Henry Moore Foundation

Nancy Bikson, Managing Director, Chapel&York

Leslie Ramos, Co-Founder and Director, The Twentieth

David Gramazio, President, the museum box

Nigel Carrington, Chair & Godfrey Worsdale, Director , Henry Moore Foundation

IoannaVryzaki, Director, D.Daskalopoulos Collection

Maria Pavlidi, Founder, ArtVolt

​Session 4: Networking Roundtable Discussions

Theme 1 : Collection and Exhibition Programming : Creating, Caring & Disseminating The Art

Table 1: How are Collectors positioning themselves towards today’s social and political issues? Hosted by Simon Preston, Head of Artists & Artist Estate Advisory, Schwartzman&

Table 2: WAF Membership: Collaboration case study Hosted by Nusrat Mahmud, Co-Founder, Brihatta Art Foundation & Koen Vanmechelen, Founder, Mouth Foundation

Table 3 : Touring Exhibitions today : Benefits & Limitations Hosted by David Gramazio, President, the museum box

Table 4 : Commissioning Models: Review of past, present and future practices Hosted by Naomi Potter, Director, Esker Foundation

Table 5 : Collaborations for the Future: How Art Organisations Can Reach New Audience ? Hosted by L. J. Kim, Executive Director, d’strict

Table 6 : Showcasing Fortecho Solutions in use at the Goulandris Foundation Hosted by Rob Green, CEO, Fortecho Solutions

 

Theme 2: Reviewing Operational Structures & Strategies To Fulfil The Charitable Objectives

Table 7 : Decarbonising Art Foundations’ spaces and buildings Hosted by Maria do Rosário Palha, Senior Sustainability Manager, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Table 8 : Good Governance Hosted by Rudy Capildeo, Partner & Head of Art & Luxury Law & Victoria Mahon de Palacios, Partner, Wedlake Bell LLP

Table 9 : How to make the art pay for everything: art financing 101 for foundations, museums, and art collectors Hosted by Rebecca Fine, Managing Director, Athena Art Finance

Table 10 : What does the future for Fundraising look like? Hosted by Arnaud Marcilhacy, Head of International Fundraising, Chapel & York

Table 11 : High – Net worth Trend in Fundraising & How To Capture More Donors Hosted by Valentina Guerrini, Senior Director, Head of Philanthropy, Altrata

Drinks Reception

Anahita Taneja, Co-Founder, Prameya Art Foundation & Malin Barth, Director, Kunsthall 3,14

Victoria Siddall, Co-Founder, Gallery Climate Coalition & Murmur

Petra Remans, Director, Mouth Foundation & Mara Sporn, Curator, Langen Foundation

Valentina Guerrini, Senior Director, Head of Philanthropy, Altrata & Nura Makki, Global Partnerships, World Art Foundations

Silvia Noguer FiguerolSandra Jáuregui Eguía, Trustees, Fundació Suñol

Cheryl Sim, Managing Director and Curator, PHI Foundation

Alma Zevi, Trustee, Pentagram Stiftung & David Gramazio, President, the museum box

Jim Hill, Founder, Esker Foundation & Mikel Chillida, Development Manager, Fundación Eduardo Chillida y Pilar Belzunce

Peter Deckers, Co-Founder, World Art Foundations & Eric Hemeleers, CEO, Eeckman

Session 5: Panel Discussion – First Generation’s Founders: Visions, Values & Impacts

  • Debating about the role of an Art Foundation: What has been, what is and what will be ?
  • The need for change from the traditional Models: Why and how?
  • New ways of Programming & Collecting: What is different and what are the influences?
  • Exploring the future landscapes for Art Foundations worldwide: Missions, impacts and objectives
  • The importance of legacy & succession planning: When & how?
  • What are the new technologies available to support the decarbonisation of Art Foundations?

Chair: Tom Marks, Founder, MarksCalil

Speakers: Phoebe Greenberg, Founder, PHI Foundation

Odile Tevie, Co – Founder and Director, Nubuke Foundation

Javier Lumbreras, Co – Founder, Collegium

Arnaud Marcilhacy, Head of International Fundraising, Chaple & York

Rosalia Romano, Foundations Coordinator, World Art Foundations & Nura Makki, Global Partnerships, World Art Foundations

Lana de Beer David, The A. G. Leventis Foundation

Session 6 : Art Foundations’ Partnership Models: Opportunities & Limitations

  • Establishing sustainable partnerships with longevity, financial viability and coherent values
  • Collaborative Programming: What is successful & what should be avoided?
  • Spreading the assets and reducing risks through multiple partners
  • Partnering whilst staying true to your mission
  • Review of different successful partnership approaches
  • Can joint applications for income generation be fruitful?

Chair: Johanna Suttner, Global Partnerships, World Art Foundations

Speakers: Mikel Chillida, Development Manager, Museo Chillida Leku

Simon Castets, Director of Strategic Initiatives, LUMA Arles

Katharina Scriba, Director, Fondation Fiminco

Anahita Taneja, Co – Founder, Prameya Art Foundation

Niall Smith, Director of Becoming, TBA21

Mikel Chillida, Development Manager, Museo Chillida Leku

Katharina Scriba, Director, Fondation Fiminco

Burcu Yuksel, Director, Gaia Art Foundation

Session 7 : Panel Discussion – A Comprehensive Exploration Of Grant – Giving , From Donor To Grantee

  • How are Grants’ T&Cs influencing Art Foundations’ activities?
  • Why and how are Grant – Giving Art Foundations impacting societies?
  • What does the future look like for Grant Giving organisations?
  • Reviewing Grants’ Giving strategies: Assessing what makes a grant successful
  • Discussing challenges in prioritising relevant needs of different institutions (private vs. public)
  • How to ensure the success and longevity of Grants’ support?
  • Extending Grants’ opportunities between Capital and Programming needs
  • Improving Grants visibility for better grantee’s representation and inclusion

Chair: Marina Vranopoulou, Founder, Dio Horia Art Gallery

Speakers: Sandra Terdjman, Co – Founder, KADIST/ Afield

Nigel Carrington, Chair, Henry Moore Foundation

Piergiorgio Pepe, Ethics Practitioner, Founder, The Kerenidis Pepe Collection & Phenomenon Anafi

Burcu Yuksel, Director, Gaia Art Foundation

Lou J. Kim, Executive Director, d’strict

Benedicta M Badia Nordenstahl, Collector & Patron

Lucy Hunter, Director, ISLAA

Victoria Siddall, Co-Founder, Gallery Climate Coalition & Murmur

Session 8 : Panel Discussion – Programme Delivery Today : Engaging With Audiences, & Working With Artists

  • Ensuring Founders’ missions are delivered whilst promoting diverse curatorial perspectives
  • Achieving an open and constant dialogue between Collections and Temporary Exhibitions
  • How are Art Foundations adapting to environmental concerns raised by artists, audiences and stakeholders?
  • Global conversations: How is programming providing a service to society?
  • How impactful are Artists values on programme delivery?

Chair: Nicole Martorana, Director of Programming, The Watermill Center

Speakers: Odile Tevie, Co-Founder and Director, Nubuke Foundation

Benjamin Weil, Director, Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian

Marie Koutsomallis, Head of Collections, Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation

L. J. Kim, Executive Director, d’strict

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