Art15 has announced that Kate Bryan will be the Fair Director for the third edition. Following two successful editions of the Fair, Stephanie Dieckvoss has decided to step down in order to focus her attention on her part-time academic career whilst forming an independent arts management consultancy. London’s global art fair has selected Bryan for her experience in the cultural capitals of London and Hong Kong as well as her international vision. Previously she was Director of Contemporary Art at The Fine Art Society, where she was the youngest person to be invited to the Board of Directors. This month she won the ‘Women of the Future Award’ in the Arts and Culture category. Her global view, in-depth knowledge and commercial expertise will continue to strengthen Art15’s global stance. With The Fine Art Society, she has participated in Art13 an d Art14 and the gallery’s success at the Fair, together with her extensive media experience and art dealership from Hong Kong to London, make her the perfect director for a Fair whose ambitions are unequivocally global.
At The Fine Art Society – London’s oldest dealership based on New Bond Street – Bryan was responsible for building the contemporary exhibition programme and cultivating a network of collectors with a particular focus on Asia and the USA. Her recent exhibition at the gallery, ‘What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me’, was the first show to take place across all five floors of the building and as well as being critically successful, generated the highest visitor numbers for any show in the gallery. Prior to her experience in the commercial art world, she worked at the British Museum where she started her career as an assistant in Neil MacGregor’s Directorate. She was later the Curatorial and Education Assistant on the blockbuster exhibition ‘Michelangelo’s Drawings’. Subsequently she worked in the museum’s Broadcast Unit, developing projects such as & lsquo;Th e Museum’, a BBC2 fly on the wall series, ‘Codex’, a museum orientated game show for Channel 4 and initial development for the BBC Radio series ‘The Histoy of the World in 100 Objects’.
In 2007 she moved to Hong Kong to be part of the emerging arts scene and took up the position of Gallery Director at The Cat Street Gallery, which was established in 2006 to promote emerging and established artists from across the globe. They were one of the founding galleries who participated at ART HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair and the first gallery in the city to present a dedicated contemporary western art programme. In her role at the gallery she oversaw their expansion to a second larger space, which developed in parallel to the dynamic Hong Kong arts scene. Whilst in Hong Kong she also obtained her postgraduate degree from HKU and was a contributing arts editor for publications in the region.
In 2013 Kate Bryan presented ‘The Art of Chinese Painting’ for The BBC’s ‘The Culture Show’ where she travelled to China to examine 700 years of Chinese paintings, to coincide with the Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition ‘Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings’. As well as being a contributor to ‘The Culture Show’ and ‘Newsnight’ on BBC, Bryan is also a presenter on Sky Arts and appears as a judge on their flagship arts programme ‘Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year’ alongside Kathleen Soriano and Tai Shan Schierenberg. The second series of the show debuted on Tuesday 4 November 2014 and will be broadcast for a total of eight episodes. She has also co-written ‘A Little Book of Portraits’, which was published by Quadrille this month.