Early Worms Breakfast with Sandy Nairne of the National Portrait Gallery
Tuesday, 3 June 2014 from 07:30 to 09:00 (BST)
- Distinguished guest speaker: Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery
- Exclusive venue: The Groucho Club, Soho
- The guestlist: young professionals from across sectors, a great chance to build your professional network.
ART THEFT. A subject glamorised by films such as the Thomas Crown Affair and The Grand Budapest Hotel, but in reality linked to the murky underworld of drug trafficking and money laundering.
No one is more conscious of the financial and reputational damage caused by art theft than Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery. In 1994, two paintings by JMW Turner were stolen from the Schirn Kunsthalle gallery in Frankfurt while on loan from the Tate in London. The paintings were Light and Colour: Goethe’s Theory (1843) and Shade and Darkness (1843), two of the most important artworks from the Turner Bequest and valued collectively at £24 million. They remained lost for 8 years, during which time Sandy, then Director of Programmes at the Tate Britain, worked tirelessly to restore them to the British public. His recovery efforts led him to encounters with Balkan mafiosi, sudden and futile expeditions to Germany, tense meetings with Tate trustees and detectives and cloak-and-dagger operations in London hotels. His extraordinary story is recounted in his book “Art Theft: The Case of the Stolen Turners” which was published in 2011.
We are delighted to welcome Sandy to speak about his experience and how it has affected his attitude to art theft in his current role as Director of the National Portrait Gallery.
When & Where
Graham, Benedict and Ellie
Early Worms Breakfasts happen every couple of months in central London and they're a great opportunity to meet other people in their mid-20s and early 30s.
At our age, it's a good investment to develop personal networks and networking skills, but there aren't lots of opportunities to do so.
We combine a decent breakfast in an exclusive central London venue, a top-flight speaker followed by Q&As. Speakers have included:
- Anji Hunter (former Director of Government Communications to Tony Blair)
- Rear Admiral Nick Harris (former nuclear sub commander and Naval Attache to Washington)
- Lord Deben (the UK Government's top climate change advisor)
- Sir Edward Garnier QC MP (Solicitor General until 2012)
- Charlie Carroll (founder of the hit Soho steak restaurant, Flat Iron).
- Richard Chartres (Bishop of London)
- Christopher LeBrun (President, Royal Academy of Arts)
Timings are strict - arrive at 7.45am for an 8.00am start, we'll ensure you're on your way to work at 9.00am on the dot.
About us: Ellie's a Solicitor, Benedict's a Political Consultant and Graham's an Investment Manager.