Our esteemed jury met on the 2nd June at the prestigious Amigo Hotel in Brussels. For the 2017 edition of the fair, participating artists are hand-picked by a panel of professional art experts. We understand the importance of showcasing quality art and our goal is to present great talent.
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CEO & Founder Accessible Art Fair
Canadian curator, Stephanie Manasseh is the founder and director of the Accessible Art Fair. She also developed and implemented the Art & Design Sessions for BMW Brand Store in Belgium, with 10 sessions, exhibiting artists and Belgian designers and international renowned photographers such as Xavier Lust, Terry O'Neill, and the late Marc Lagrange.
Her expertise in the art world has brought her ongoing professional partnerships with brands such as American Express and The New York Times, BMW, Montblanc. Stephanie was invited to speak at the prestigious Art For Tomorrow 2016 organised by The New York Times in Doha, Qatar last March.
It was in 2005 when he and his wife, Dominique Levy, created their private collection of Chinese contemporary art, named dslcollection. The ongoing acquisition of new objects is not the only crux of their mission. The collection is opened to a very large public through both traditional communication as well as digital technology.
In May 2014, dslcollection received the inaugural Asia Prize from The Art Newspaper which recognises the most outstanding contributions to the promotion of arts development, within Asia. In 2016, dslcollection was recognised by Larrys List as the best digital collection of the year.
Art Associate Fine Art Group
Leticia joined The Fine Art Group in 2014 as Art Associate, and assists in art market research, art due diligence, and portfolio management for the Group and its private clients. After having completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at the London College of Fashion, Leticia graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in the History of Art & Visual Studies from the University of Manchester.
She worked at an auction house in New Zealand before returning to London to intern at the Thomas Dane Gallery and the Modern British Department at Sotheby’s. On the Graduate Internship Programme at Christie’s, she worked in the Old Masters, Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary departments, and also worked on the inaugural First Open London Sale at Christie’s South Kensington.
Managing director Ampersand House
Originally from Australia where she took her first degrees in Fine Art and Law, Kathryn Smith subsequently moved to the United Kingdom where she took her PhD in Law from Cambridge university. She moved to Brussels in 2011.
Kathryn is a qualified art historian and lawyer working as a curator and private adviser to corporate collectors and investors with a focus on art and design. With her husband Ike Udechuku she created Ampersand House in 2011 – a private home and gallery where mid-century design meets contemporary art and creativity.
Art & Design Dealer
John Volleman is originally from the Netherlands and for a long time he has been active in the world of arts, antiques and design. When living in the Netherlands he has worked for different auction houses and the National Museum for Antiquities (RMO) in Leiden, where he developed an eye for quality and inspiration.
With over 20 years of experience in the global art scene John started recently his own business in art, antiques and design; collaborating with and advising a wide range of collectors and artists. He provides guidance in building up art collections, searches the globe for unique objects and works of art, and advices in interior design solutions.
John is familiar with the broad range of the international art and antiques market. He collects himself modern and contemporary art, Scandinavian design, antique furniture and archaeological objects. Pieces from different periods can easily be mixed when they have character and a soul; reflecting the specifics of that time. That art and beautiful pieces should be part of our daily life is very much integral to his own philosophy.
Managing director ArtExpert
As an Art Consultant, Sophie advises collectors and enthusiasts alike. Over the past few years, she has worked closely together with international art galleries, museums and corporations. Sophie Clauwaert obtained her Masters degree in Art History in Brussels, and then completed her education with a second Masters in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London in 2007. During these years, she specialised in Old Master Paintings, but also gained a strong understanding of art and antiques in general.
After successfully completing internships at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and Sotheby’s (Paris), she decided to start her own business and launched ArtExpert in 2008.
In 2014, Sophie became a Student Expert in Old Master Paintings at the Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés (CNES).
Henri van Melle
Former Managing Director International Events and Exhibitions Hermès
Henri van Melle read History of Art and graduated from the Sorbonne and the ICART (école des métiers de la culture et du marché de l'art) in Paris. He began his career in 1989 as a gallery Director in Paris and presented the works of several key contemporary designers and budding young photographers. Working both in the design and photography fields enabled him to make a name for himself in the art world.
On a constant quest for new creative paths, he decided to set up his company, Division Créative in 2000, an agency specialising in cultural event production. He worked on the programme of Paris-Plages as well as several international exhibitions. In 2011, he joined Hermès as International Director of events and exhibitions. This collaboration recently came to an end allowing Henri to return to the artistic field. Henri van Melle was awarded, Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, is an administrator at the FRAC (Fond régional d'art contemporain de la Région Normandie) and was formally President of several museum circles.