Second Workshop of the AHRC Network Grant Series on: Art, Crime and Criminals: Painting Fresh Pictures of Art Theft, Fraud and Plunder

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Practitioners will be invited from a various variety of backgrounds such as from the police, customs, museums, galleries, auction houses, dealerships, insurance companies, art authenticators, forensic scientists, private security companies etc.

Following the success of the first workshop, this second workshop aims specifically at discussions in the area of art fraud and forgeries.

Workshop 2 will focus specifically on the subject area of art fraud and forgery. In an international art market that is currently reaching record levels of pricing and unprecedented levels of speculative sales and investment, the incentives for art fraud and forgery have never been higher.

Some of the questions that will be addressed are:

  1. What is the prevalence of this type of crime?
  2. Who are the principal participants?
  3. To what extent are existing regulatory mechanisms effective?
  4. Is self-regulation of the art market the way forward?
  5. How are forgeries placed on the market?
  6. What scientific measures can be taken to better protect the art market?
  7. How should identified fraudulent works of art be dealt with?
  8. How can the legal and financial risks in authenticating works of art be mitigated?

The following (third) workshop will focus on looting and iconoclasm (September 2017, Berlin, Ministry of Finance).


  • Duncan Chappell
  • Saskia Hufnagel, QMUL
  • Dr. Noah Charney, Founder, Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA)
  • Rene Allonge – Detective Chief Superintendent, Criminal Investigation Office (State of Berlin)
  • Steven Weigel – Detective Superintendent, Criminal Investigation Office (State of Berlin)
  • John Myatt
  • Vernon Rapley, Head of Security and Visitor Services, Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Toby Bull, Senior Inspector, Hong Kong Police
  • Michael Will, Europol
  • Professor Robyn Sloggett, Director, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne
  • James Ratcliffe, Art Loss Register
  • Robert A. Kugler – Barrister/Solicitor (Rechtsanwalt), Höly, Rauch & Partner - Lawyers, Berlin
  • Tim Maxwell, Solicitor, Boodle Hatfield
  • Jean Dendy, Centre de conservation du Québec, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications

To attend this event, please register online using the "Register Now" button. If you have any queries please contact Tia Hildreth on

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