Category Archives: Event

Freda explaining the background to her new book at the launch of Valuing your Collection: A Practical Guide for Museums, Libraries and Archives at Premier Communications, London on 27 July 2017. All available copies sold out on the night!

Matassa Toffolo at the Natural History Museum

Matassa Toffolo Natural History Museum

For what it’s worth: Essentials of Collections Valuation
Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London
Friday 22 April 2016, 9.00–20.00

Working with the Natural History Museum, London, Matassa Toffolo is organising this conference for museum and industry professionals, the first of its kind to address this subject in museum and gallery collections.

General Election 2015 Work of Art Unveiled


The Government Stable by Adam Dant was unveiled in the Speaker’s House in the House of Commons on 16 September 2015. Based on ‘lightning sketches’ made on the campaign trail, Dant’s interpretation of the 2015 General Election takes the form of a single, monumental, sepia ink drawing of a fictitious ‘General Election Campaign Archive’.

The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art approved the appointment of an Election Artist in October 2014, and Adam Dant was selected from a list of artists proposed by Matassa Toffolo. The drawing becomes part of the Parliamentary Art Collection and goes on display in Portcullis House on Saturday 19 September for the London House Weekend and will subsequently move to a public location.

The House of Commons, in collaboration with Adam Dant and TAG Fine Arts, plan to produce limited edition prints of The Government Stable, available for sale via TAG Fine Arts later this year.

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.

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

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 launch: Organizing Exhibitions

Freda Matassa Book Launch Organizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Museums, Libraries and Archives at Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

In June Freda and Julia celebrated the launch of Freda’s new book Organizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Museums, Libraries and Archives at Purdy Hicks Gallery, London. We’re very grateful to Purdy Hicks for the use of their gallery for the event.

More about the book here.