LAPADA, the association of art and antiques dealers, has announced a new webinar series featuring its CEO, Freya Simms, in conversation with leading figures from Britain’s most respected cultural institutions.

The conversations, dubbed LAPADA Leaders, will centre on what the future holds for art and culture as they emerge from the Covid-19 crisis. The first discussion will take place with Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A Museum, on May 21, 11am BST, and will focus on how the crisis can revolutionise and democratise cultural experiences – and what cultural organisations can learn from the pandemic lockdown.

Design icons Kelly Hoppen and Katherine Pooley will be in conversation on Wednesday 27 May at 11am BST discussing the impact of the crisis on design trends and how it will affect the way we live and experience our homes.

One June 3, former National Portrait Gallery director and National Trust trustee Sandy Nairne will be joined by The Foundling Museum‘s Caro Howell in a discussion around the practicalities for museums as they look to reopen and what creative strategies will be employed to engage new audiences.

Further speakers will be announced in due course.

“This is an opportunity for the art and cultural worlds to unite and share ideas and concepts that will influence us all as we look to reopening our cultural treasures post Covid-19,” says LAPADA CEO Freya Simms. “We are thrilled to present such an influential speaker line up with our members and affiliate partners. There is huge value in our institutions and disciplines coming together, prompting discussion and debate about what the future holds and how we can all collaborate more closely for the greater good of global culture.”

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