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Our members provide a broad range of services including:

FAQs

What is an art consultant?

A professional art consultant is an individual who can provide a range of independent and ethical advice and services that assists individuals, groups, companies or institutions with the management and maintenance of a collection, a work of art or an arts project.

How do I know that advice given to me by an art consultant is independent and ethical?

Whilst there are no guarantees, this association seeks to present a clear picture of each consultant and their respective vested interests. Thus, each consultant is required to provide up to date information on their education and business interests and to have these listed on this site so as potential clients can be aware of any potential conflict of interest. Please refer to our question and answer pages for recommendations on what to ask an art consultant at the initial discussion.

What if a consultant runs a gallery? Won't that be a conflict of interest?

Many art consultants run several businesses including art dealerships, galleries and links to institutions and auction rooms that involve the buying and selling of artworks. This can be construed as possessing vested interest in certain circumstances. The members of ACAA believe in ethical dealings and, by publishing these details on our site, are acknowledging their interests publicly and thus allowing the client to be informed and aware.

What is the purpose of this site?

This website seeks to de-mystify the industry and allow individuals to seek the services of art consultants with confidence. The association is not a watch dog, however we require that our members act ethically in their dealings and uphold the standards of the ACAA constitution.

What do I do if I am unhappy with the service provided by a member I contacted through this site?

Contact the public officer who can act as a liaison between you and the consultant and attempt to resolve the dispute or misunderstanding. If it is considered that a member consultant has acted inappropriately, membership can be terminated at the discretion of the committee. The committee's decision is final.

Positive Feedback: What to do when I have had excellent service provided by a member I contacted through this site?

Contact the Public Officer who will forward your comments to the consultant.

What are some good questions to ask an art consultant?

What is your industry experience?
Do you have educational qualifications in the field?
Do you have an arrangement with any of the auction houses/galleries?
Will you be receiving an introductory commission from this sale/purchase?
What is your area of specialisation? What makes you a specialist in this area/these areas?
How do you verify the authenticity of an artwork?
How do you come to an understanding of the value of an artwork?
How do art consultants get paid?

Most consultants offer either an hourly rate, a day rate, they can charge a percentage of value when working out a fee structure or they can be on a retainer. It will depend entirely on the nature of the consultancy and should be discussed and agreed up front.

Things to be aware of:

When engaging a consultant to buy or sell work through auction or a gallery the consultant may have preferred arrangements with certain businesses. It is worth asking the consultant if they receive any payment from the gallery or auction room that has been recommended. It is standard procedure for most galleries and auction houses to have a negotiated payment from both the client and the seller (all auction rooms do the same) and an introductory commission may be paid to the third party or liaison person, however it is sensible to have these factors in the open.

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Brigitte Banziger

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Brigitte Banziger holds an MA in Latin, philosophy and literary criticism from the University of Zurich.

 

She has worked as public relations manager for SUISA, the Swiss Copyright Society for songwriters, composers and music publishers; the media office of the University of Zurich and in various other marketing and public relations manager roles. Since 2003, she has been running Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants together with David Hulme.

 

The company is an Approved Service Provider for the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association.   

Brenda Colahan (Treasurer)

Education:
BA (Hons) Fine Arts and Archaeology, University of Sydney; Graduate Certificate of Adult Education, University of Technology, Sydney; ACAA Registered Valuer; Approved Valuer Cultural Gift Program; Diploma of Diamond Tecnology; Diploma of Gemmology; Member National Council of Jewellery Valuers NSW (Fine Arts Division) 

Professional:
1998 - present, Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Independent Fine Art Advisors and Valuers
2004 - 2013, Art Equity, Independent Fine Art Advisor and Valuer
2004 – 2007 Art Equity, Consulting Gallery Manager
1991 - 1993, Phillips Auctioneers, Sydney, Specialist
1989 - 1991, Holland Fine Art Gallery, Double Bay, Gallery Assistant

BCFA specialises in independent fine art valuation, and advice on procurement, collection management and resale. 

Brenda Colahan is an ACAA Registered Valuer, and is an Approved Valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program in Australian and International painting, drawing, prints, sculpture after 1880; Australian photography after 1900; Indigenous art after 1970. 

David Hulme (President)

David Hulme was educated at King Williams College Private School in the Isle of Man. He has over ten years experience in Australian art, both from a gallery perspective and working as valuer and art consultant in his own business.

 

David Hulme is an approved valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program in the areas of Australian art including paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture 1900-2000. He is also a regular contributor to the Australian Art Market Report and the Australian Art Sales Digest.

 

Since 2003, he has been running Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants together with Brigitte Banziger.

The company is an Approved Service Provider for the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association.

Adrian Newstead

Education:
1971 B.Sc.Agr Sydney University 

Professional: 
2003-present Adrian Newstead Fine Art Consultancy
2007 Managing Director Deutscher Menzies, Menzies Art Brands
2003-2007 Head Aboriginal Art Department, Lawson~Menzies auction house
2005-2009 Board Member Aboriginal Benefits Foundation
1998-2004 Board Member Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association (Art.Trade)
1998-2000, 2001-2002  National President, Art.Trade
2004-2005 Board Member Aboriginal Tourism Australia
1996-present Approved Government Valuer Cultural Gifts Program (Aboriginal Art Pre-contact to the Present Day)
1992 – 1996 Founding Member Austrade Visual Art Export Panel
1991-1996 Chairman Woollahra Council Paddington Gateway Working Party 
1990-1996 President of the Paddington-Darlinghurst Chamber of Commerce
1981 Founded Coo-ee Art Gallery, Paddington NSW

Jane Raffan

Education:
Grad. Dip. Env. Law (Ethical Dealing & Cultural Heritage), University of Sydney 
BA. Hons. Fine Arts (Australian Art), University of Sydney

Professional:
2009 – present: Principal, ArtiFacts Art Services & Aboriginal Art Consultancy
2001 – 2008: Shapiro Gallery & Auctioneers, Sydney: General Manager; Head of Aboriginal Art
1996 – 2001: Phillips International Auctioneers, Australia: General Manager
1993 – 1995: Art Gallery of New South Wales: Deputy Registrar; Head of Collection Management
1990 – 1992: Art Gallery of New South Wales: Assistant Registrar; Cataloguer Special Projects

Jane Raffan is an approved Valuer for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. ArtiFacts delivers dependable and expert advice to help collectors navigate the Australian art market, and in particular, the highly diverse and complex field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. 

Anna Waldmann

Education:
MA in Fine Arts, University of Sydney

Professional:
Anna offers specialist advice for corporate and private collections, public commissions, valuations, policy development and management of art prizes and competitions.
                
Career:
Director of Visual Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts  
Curator at the Art Gallery of NSW 
Manager (Visual Arts and Crafts and Museums and Galleries) at the NSW Ministry for the Arts.

Current:
Editorial Advisory Board of Art & Australia;  
Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts University of NSW; 
Councillor on the Power Institute for Art & Visual Culture Foundation University of Sydney; 
Member of the Art Committee of Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park (GASP!) in Hobart; 
Approved Valuer of contemporary Australian art for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

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