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Establishing art collections
What We Do
Walker Scott Art Advisory offers private and corporate art collectors a comprehensive range of art-related services. We specialize in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on art from the African continent and its diaspora.
We assist our clients in selecting the best quality artworks created by talented artists. Our guidance is unbiased and we navigate our clients through the multifaceted acquisition processes to assemble art portfolios as an alternative asset class.
We function independently and focus on representing our clients, to whom we provide neutral impartial advice. Throughout history, societies have been remembered for their art and we are passionate about encouraging a culture of art collecting.
End-to-End Art Services
A randomly purchased art collection can have value, however, adopting a focused strategy will render a more prestigious and valuable one. We develop individual collection strategies based on collectors' objectives and personal tastes.
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS
IBesides aesthetic quality, our recommendations to collectors are also based on research covering provenance, authenticity, and an artwork's condition.
Art values are determined by a combination of factors. While rarity plays a role, aesthetic quality and an artists' standing in the market determine market values. These qualities also indicate the potential future importance of an artist in the market.
ACQUISITION & DISPOSAL
We facilitate the acquisition and disposal of artworks for clients. To maximize proceeds, we pay precise attention to aspects such as the correct timing and the best channels for deaccession.
We oversee and facilitate a full range of art management services, which include curatorial advice, installation, and documentation, with the option to include blockchain recording to secure the provenance and authenticity of artworks. We advise on framing, insurance cover, conservation, packing, storage, as well as shipping of artworks.
We assist collectors to create a legacy around their artworks through loan programmes where art pieces from a collection are loaned for retrospective exhibitions and/or for exhibition in museums.
BESPOKE CATALOGUE CREATION
We create beautiful bespoke catalogues detailing images and historiographical tidbits encompassing each work in a given collection. Catalogues can be produced in both digital and print formats.
Dr. Fred Scott
Fred has been involved with art from an early age, he started to build an art collection during his student years. He graduated in the chemical sciences with a PhD from Stellenbosch University. Following successful careers in academia, the chemical industry, and technology transfer, his life-long enthusiastic interest and research of contemporary art allowed him to effortlessly enter the fine art business sphere. Fred's interest in the history of art movements reinforced the development of his expert eye and boosted his ability to recognize important modern and contemporary artworks. Fred has curated several art exhibitions and has always enjoyed advising interested parties and stakeholders regarding art matters. Fred is the founding partner of Walker Scott Art Advisory.
Kayleen has always been passionate about the arts and began her career as a ballet dancer. She pursued a degree with majors in art history and economics at the University of Cape Town, before completing graduate studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, with a focus on art as an alternative asset. She has managed art galleries on Luxury Cruise Liners where she also curated art engagement programmes. Back in South Africa, Kayleen managed a Cape Town based art gallery before joining Stephan Welz & Co as a fine art specialist. Her focussed exposure to various art markets has equipped her with both passion and the necessary skills for all areas of art advisory. Kayleen joined Walker Scott in May 2019.
Corporate & Institutional Clients
We regularly contribute thought leadership articles to both art and mainstream media. We participate, upon invitation, in various discussions and interviews regarding art market information and provide specialized guidance in matters pertaining to art collecting.
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We adhere to ethical business protocols as set out by the Association of Professional Art Advisors.