Providing expert guidance for art buyers since 1983

Sourcing, selecting and siting works of art for private and corporate clients

Finding the right work for the right place at the right price

What I Do

What I Do

 

What I Do

I provide a bespoke consultancy service to guide and assist prospective art buyers, particularly in the specialised world of contemporary stone sculpture. I also consult on other visual art forms, including wood sculpture, ceramics, photographic works, and other fine art. I understand that finding, choosing and positioning a work of art can be a surprisingly difficult and often time-consuming project.

Given the bewildering amount of choice available – of artists, styles, materials and prices – it can take a certain type of courage and perhaps even a leap of faith to make the decision to buy and then to feel confident about that decision. Indeed many prospective purchasers find it easier to choose a new car or buy a new house than decide on a work of art, even though the car and house will almost certainly cost significantly more. Which is where my personal guidance and expertise comes in.

Who I am

Who I am

 

Who I am

I have over 30 years experience in the art market. During this time I have visited studios all over the UK, forging close relationships with many artists, and nurturing and championing outstanding talent. I have developed an eye for finding the right art, and negotiating the right price, for a wide variety of private and corporate clients. I’m also adept at identifying the best locations to display the work, whether inside or outdoors.

Over the last eight years I have co-curated the UK’s most prestigious contemporary stone sculpture exhibition, on form sculpture at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire. In 2013, I took on form to London for the first time and, as with Asthall Manor, the London exhibition was acclaimed both for the quality and range of its art and for the imagination and flair of the show’s curation.

Prior to on form I had almost ten years’ experience as an art consultant and exhibition organiser for the Berkeley Square Gallery in London’s West End (now Osborne Samuel Gallery) guiding private and corporate buyers through the art jungle.

Before that, my formative years were spent scouring the art college degree shows for artistic excellence and running Affordable Art, a business I co-founded in order to match impoverished but up-and-coming young artists with impecunious but up-and-coming young art lovers.

How I Work

How I Work

 

How I Work

First, I get to know my client’s taste and requirements and develop a feel for them and their location. Depending on the client’s budget, this may involve a pre-purchase visit.

I then draw on my extensive knowledge of the market and my familiarity with exceptional contemporary artists to find and filter a huge array of potential choices into a manageable selection from which to choose. This might include ideas for a new commission rather than an existing work.

Now that the hard task of filtering is complete, the client can focus on making a final decision. That job should be made easier by having my experience and objectivity to draw on.

These same qualities are also invaluable in negotiating a fair price from the artist and in identifying the best site for a new work once a purchase is made.

Clients

Clients

 

Clients

In addition to helping numerous private clients with their choice of art works, over the years I have helped a wide range of corporate buyers including:

  • EMI Music – London, Paris and New York offices
  • Bohointeriors.com – London
  • McKenna & Co law firm (now CMS Cameron McKenna LLP) – London
  • Prudential plc – London
  • Regency Hyatt Hotel – Kobe, Japan

Private clients include purchasers from the UK, Europe and North America

Testimonials

Testimonials

 

Testimonials

Featured Articles
Bernadette Griffin, Company SecretaryGMS Estates Ltd
“We recently refurbished our offices in Great James Street and wanted to dress the walls with original artwork, completely bespoke to our business. Anna led the project with great expertise; working with a brilliant photographer who produced wonderful, quirky and very comtemporary work. Anna has a great eye and helped us to select the right photographs, print finishes, installation and siting of the artwork – the result of which is that we now have the most wonderful and unique private collection of photographs tailored specifically to GMS Estates Ltd.[gallery].” 
Peter OsborneOwner of Osborne Samuel Gallery, London
Anna was a valued colleague at Berkeley Square Gallery in London, responsible for a huge part of our contemporary art and corporate business. Anna organised exhibitions, worked closely with artists, and was responsible for curating and managing some very significant corporate collections in the UK and overseas. This work involved studio and art college visits and Anna was personally responsible for some major discoveries. She even spotted Jenny Saville before Saatchi!  Her recent curatorial work with the highly successful On Form exhibitions shows that Anna definitely has the contacts so if you want expert assistance with your collection, don’t hesitate, make the call.
Michael McLintockCEO, M&G Investments and Executive Director, Prudential plc
Anna offers an unbeatable combination of taste, experience and enthusiasm.   Having a "good eye" is the essential quality of a successful art buyer. Anna has this, and backs it up with a first class service from start to finish. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Since 2006, Anna and I have worked together as curators and organisers of on form, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone. Anna’s keen eye for new talent, and for the way that sculpture can resonate with its surroundings, has helped on form to grow into one of the country’s most respected sculpture exhibitions.  Her infectious passion, deep understanding of artistic process, and sensitivity to needs that may be unspoken, has earned her respect among artists and art lovers alike.
Jessica & Jonathan StobartPrivate Client
As soon as we saw Cream to Green at on form London, we knew we wanted her! Anna introduced us to the sculptor and then helped us every step of the way: from securing her (in the face of stiff competition), storing her safely until the house was ready, visiting us at our home to advise us on the best location to place her and finally to assisting in the installation itself. Needless to say, we are thrilled with our purchase and would highly recommend Anna for the breadth of her knowledge of the market, her efficiency and her infectious enthusiasm!
Bohointeriors.comInterior designer and owner of Bohointeriors.com
From the moment I spotted the sculpture I wanted to purchase, Anna offered a fantastic service, including advice on negotiating with the artist on price, the logistics of delivery and thoughts on where to site the piece. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the art market and I would recommend her highly both to the private collector as well as commercial clients looking to add original and innovative artwork, whatever the medium, to their collection.
George CarbuttPrivate client
The experience from start to finish was faultless  - from Anna's intuitive understanding of what we might like and her breadth of knowledge about appropriate artists to short list, right through to her advice on siting our new purchase in the garden. In short, my wife and I were delighted with the guidance and quality of service we received from Anna.

Press

Press

 

Press

Featured Articles
Culture 24
Asthall Manor’s seductive onform sculpture show brings stone to London’s Crypt GalleryExhibition preview: onform, The Crypt Gallery, London, until June 26 2013Described as the country’s most seductive sculpture display, the sixth onform, last year, was the most successful edition yet of a group show held at Asthall Manor, in the Cotswolds, ever since owner Rosie Pearson commissioned two gatepost finials from artist Anthony Turner in 2002.Turner is one of 19 artists taking part, having originally inspired Pearson to fill the garden with similarly striking, curvy stoneworks. Overseen by co-curator Anna Greenacre, the switch to London aims to create a deliberately urban contrast to its usual home, although it remains dedicated to tactile, engaging pieces which respond playfully to the atmospheric crypt and one another.That philosophy makes for a diverse line-up. Peter Randall-Page, whose influence resulted in a major show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park three years ago, is among Turner’s fellow artists, as is Bridget McCrum, who takes inspiration from the hills of Devon but, in her largest work to date, made a conversely fearsome stainless steel representation of the Merlin bird and the Spitfire, commissioned by Rolls-Royce.
Contemporary stone sculpture in LondonStone-Ideas
(June 2013) Works of 19 sculptors, among them Bridget McCrum and Peter Randall-Page, will be exhibited in the Crypt Gallery at St Pancras Church in London until June, 26. The works are showcased at the onform exhibition which usually takes place every two years at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire and now for the first time has come to London [curated by Anna Greenacre].Creating both figurative and abstract works, the collection of artists carve in a rich variety of stone sourced from all over the world, including dark grey Kilkenny limestone, honey coloured calcite, Italian blue alabaster, red sandstone and grey-white Carrara marble. The sculpture selected for onform london ranges in size from desk top pieces to much larger works for outdoor display.
“Touch, but don’t take St Pancras’s sculpture”Evening Standard
A sight for commuters’ sore eyes on Marylebone Road — a crop of sculptures has arrived at St Pancras Church crypt and gardens. They are part of the Onform biennale show, usually held in the grounds of Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire, once the home of the Mitford sisters, but this year also taking a month’s sojourn in London.Visitors are encouraged to feel the works by sculptors including Simon Hitchens and Lucy Unwin. The exhibition’s curator Anna Greenacre noted shouts of approval from passers-by as the pieces were installed, while Onform’s founder Rosie Pearson applauds stone for both its aesthetic and handy functions.“Stone is made to be touched,” she says. “Time is embedded in stone, it has its own smell and, best of all, it virtually cannot be stolen because no one could possibly carry it off.”

Film

Film

 

Film

This is a short film by Sabina Tupan documenting the creation of Thames, a stone sculpture by Jordi Raga Frances.  The film was made for on form London, 2013.

Contact Us

Contact Us

 

Anna Greenacre

If you want to know more or would like to talk through a project please call or email me. I am based in Oxfordshire and am happy to discuss a site visit.

Mobile: 07713097063
Office: 01235867141
Email: anna.greenacre@googlemail.com

Links

www.onformsculpture.co.uk
on form the only exhibition in the UK dedicated exclusively to stone sculpture.

www.awishcar.com
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