How to manage a collection

  • How To Manage A Collection, Friday 4 March 2016, Whitechapel Gallery

    Natures, Natural and Unnatural; Lynette Yiadom-Boakye selects from the V-A-C collection; installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, 2015. Image courtesy V-A-C collection. Photo: Stephen White

Past Event

This event was on Friday 4 March

As an ever greater number of private individuals and foundations collect and lend modern and contemporary art, managing data, reproductions, insurance values and provenance are vital. Led by art collection experts, Freda Matassa and Julia Toffolo, this day simplifies the fundamental processes behind managing a collection, from the moment of acquisition to arranging loans and display.

The course offers expert advice to equip you with excellent standards to ensure the work retains its value, including:

  • Collection focus and remit
  • The process of acquiring a new work of art
  • Basic requirements for museum standard documentation
  • Best practice for storage and movement of art
  • International guidelines for loans and exhibitions
  • Collections care and display


10am – 5pm
Lunch and refreshments included

The Art Fund supports this ‘How to: Inside the Gallery’ series by offering a number of fully funded places per course for curators and museum and gallery professionals. The deadline is 18 December 2015, to apply, head to the Art Fund Website.

Freda Matassa

Freda Matassa has run a successful art collections management business since 2006. Previously she was Head of Collections Management at Tate and Registrar at the Royal Academy of Arts as well as gaining experience in the USA. A recognised expert on cultural collections, she lectures internationally and is the author of Museum Collections Management, Facet Publishing, 2011 and Organizing Exhibitions, Facet Publishing, 2014.

Julia Toffolo

Julia Toffolo is the former Deputy Director and Senior Registrar of the UK Government Art Collection, where she was responsible for managing a large fine art collection in high profile Government buildings in the UK and all over the world. She runs Matassa Toffolo Ltd, providing high-quality care and management for corporate, public and private art collections.