A New Decentralised Art Economy - Leeds International Festival

Sunday 12 May
15:00 - 16:30

A New Decentralised Art Economy

Art has the opportunity today to play a key role in the shaping of the cultural landscape of a technology that will fundamentally transform how humans cooperate over the course of the next century.

2018 was the year of cryptocurrency speculation, boom and bust. Meet key thinkers, artists and entrepreneurs working with blockchain technologies instead for fairer, more dynamic and connected cultural ecologies and economies.

With Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield and DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab, Peter Holsgrove, A*NA, and Marianne Magnin, Arteïa UK Managing Director.



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Sunday 12 May 15:00 - 16:30
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Artist, writer and activist working with emancipatory network cultures. A world authority on art and blockchain, Catlow brings 20 years of experience from the intersection of arts and technology with a focus on decentralised and distributed p2p arts practices. She is co-author and co-editor of Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain (2017) and has devised and run the award-winning DAOWO blockchain lab and debate series for reinventing the arts with Ben Vickers, Serpentine Galleries since 2017. Furtherfield | DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab

Holsgrove is the founder of A*NA, an emerging community of artists and technologists building tools for a new art economy. Holsgrove has been interrogating the space between blockchain and art over recent years and is now working within the A*NA network to collapse the space between artists and audience, following over a decade working in product design with art and technology organisations in the UK and Asia.


Magnin works at the intersection of art, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Bringing 15 years of corporate experience, she has spent the last 10 years in the art sector developing solutions to better bridge art and its stakeholders. Arteïa, in its current form a collection management SaaS, is expanding into a blockchain-powered exchange for the art ecosystem to collaborate in a more efficient and fairer manner. The Cornelius Arts Foundation’s charity mission is to unleash the transformative power of art through R&D.