Seminar: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Collecting Art

Marsh Insurance Event 2015 04 30 5

Held at John Jones’ Arts Building in London on 30 April 2015, Freda chaired a lively discussion (The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Collecting Art) with co-panelists Matthew Cooper, Relationship Manager at John Jones, and Philip Turner, Managing Director of Marsh Insurance. The seminar highlighted some of the legal and practical aspects of acquiring and owning art, together with guidance on collection care.

Congress: Matassa Toffolo in Poland

Matassa Toffolo at the First Congress of Polish Museums at Łódź, Poland

Freda was the keynote speaker at the First Congress of Polish Museums at Łódź, Poland, 23–25 April 2015. A major event with over 1200 delegates, the Congress was opened by the Polish Minister of Culture. Not only was Freda’s talk described as ‘inspirational’ by the Programme Committee but she was interviewed by both television and radio, keen to hear her opinion of the art scene in Poland.

Workshop: Matassa Toffolo in Sweden

Matassa Toffolo workshop at Västerbottens Museum

Freda took part in a Collections Management Workshop and Training Day at Västerbottens Museum, Umea (Northern Sweden) on 23 March 2015. According to the feedback, clients were so engaged that they didn’t want to leave at the end of the day!

Adam Dant announced as official Election Artist for 2015

Adam Dant

The House of Commons has selected Adam Dant as the nation’s official Election artist, commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on works of Art to document the processes and outcomes of the 2015 General Election.

Adam Dant was selected from a list of artists proposed by Matassa Toffolo Ltd.

Read more here.

This is the fourth General Election to be recorded by an official Election Artist.

Press: Matassa Toffolo featured in Private Art Investor

Matassa Toffolo on Private Art Investor homepage

An article Matassa Toffolo: Protecting your art investment has just been published on Private Art Investor.

Press: Freda and Julia in ‘Collecting Contemporary Art’


We feature in the April edition of the annual Spanish journal Colleccionar Arte Contemporaneo, published by Tendencias del Arte. Along with top international collectors, gallerists, art specialists and consultants, we discuss our work and current trends in contemporary art.

Tendencia April 2015 article featuring Matassa Toffolo (PDF)

Seminar: How to Manage a Collection


On 12 December Julia taught three out of the four sessions in a day long course at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, How to Manage a Collection. Further details can be found here and below:

JT Whitechapel Gallery Seminar publicity

Press: Lancaster House in Country Life

Lancaster House London

Image © Country Life

In the 10 December issue of Country Life John Goodall (the magazine’s Architectural Editor) writes about Lancaster House in London and features Julia’s recreation of the original magnificent 19th century hang in the Picture Gallery.

Seminar: Managing Risk for Art Collections

Ecclesiastical Insurance, Royal Society of Antiquaries

In November Freda gave a presentation on Managing Risk for Art Collections for an Art and Heritage Seminar organised by Ecclesiastical Insurance Ltd at Society of Antiquaries of London.

Image: with thanks to Ecclesiastical Insurance

Book review: The Architecture of Diplomacy

The Architecture of Diplomacy: The British Ambassador's Residence in Washington, DC by Anthony Seldon and Dan Collings just published by Flammarion

Recent blog book reviews of The Architecture of Diplomacy: The British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington by Anthony Seldon and Daniel Collings, feature Julia’s ‘Print Hall: