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About The Fine Art Society Contemporary

The Fine Art Society was founded in 1876 by a group of knowledgeable art collectors. Comprising of a five storey town house in Mayfair, it is the oldest gallery in London. Since its inception the gallery has always championed and worked directly with living artists, giving The Camden Town Group their first show and holding historic shows that have since entered the canon of art history. It is at this location that Whistler invented the concept of a solo exhibition and introduced evenly spaced installations against pale walls – a precursor for every contemporary gallery today. 

The Contemporary Gallery was established in 2005 and the new 1,000 square foot space added a progressive dimension to the already prestigious and established history of the gallery whilst retaining independent programming. The Contemporary team have embraced the twentieth and nineteenth century heritage of the gallery and increased cross-cultural links, particularly in Asia and Australia. Exciting artists have joined the gallery’s core stable and these are complimented by internationally recognized artists who participate in critically engaged survey shows.

Kate Bryan is a Director of The Fine Art Society and runs the Contemporary Department, taking up the position in November 2011. She is also a presenter for The Culture Show on BBC2 and a Judge on the major Sky Arts series, Portrait Artist of the Year. She is also an occasional speaker and tutor for Art History UK and Art History Abroad.

Prior to working at The Fine Art Society this she was the Gallery Director at The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong for 4 years where she was part of the developing and now dynamic Hong Kong art market. Whilst in Hong Kong she was the Contributing Editor for Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. 

Before leaving for Asia Kate worked at the British Museum in London where she worked on the blockbuster 2006 exhibition, Michelangelo's Drawings.  She wrote her postgraduate thesis in 2010 on Mary Magdalen at HKU and obtained her BA from The University of Warwick.

Kate works alongside two contemporary Gallery Managers - Rob Owen and Sara Terzi.  Sara is a graduate in Economy and Management of Art and Cultural Activities from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. During her time in Italy she worked for The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of Europe's premier museums devoted to modern art, and gained further professional experience working with art students for New York University.   Rob studied History of Art at Warwick University before spending seven years at The British Museum, working predominantly on loans and touring exhibitions in the UK and abroad.