11th ENCATC Meeting on Evaluation

Maastricht, Netherlands

Impact of Art Fairs on Regional-Local Level

This ENCATC Meeting on Evaluation on 12-13 March 2020 in Maastricht has been cancelled. ENCATC hopes to postpone the event later in the year and will keep its members and followers informed.

The aim was to bring together academics, researchers, trainers and professionals interested on the topic of evaluation, art fair professionals, cultural managers, local and regional public authorities, and anyone interested on the topic of Arts Fairs. 

The selected topic of this ENCATC Meeting on Evaluation was to focus on the “Impact of Art Fairs on Regional-Local Level” and was to take place at the occasion of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF). 

In the last decades, the art system has been characterised by a booming of Art Fairs. Established fairs such as TEFAF and Art Basel grow by launching new fairs worldwide, new venues are mushrooming, and the clientele as the audience is increasingly diverting its attention from traditional exhibition spaces such as galleries to these temporary events. 

It is undeniable that Art Fairs have a global outreach. Over time, they were able to diversify themselves and take a specific positioning, yet they have a long history that goes back to the early modern period at least. Today Art Fairs are considered to significantly contribute to the cultural, societal and economic development. These events impact the cultural participation and cultural tourism of the host communities. Cultural economics and management scholars emphasize that fairs are not simply physical markets where commodities are exchanged; rather, they are places of learning and information exchange as well as arenas for building and maintaining consensus on the artistic selection processes, choices, and relationships.

This meeting is an initiative of ENCATC in partnership with Caravan Cultura and with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.  

11th ENCATC Meeting on Evaluation