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Beth Swaab, Director at Trinity House

How do you add value for your clients?

We are a very friendly small team with many years of experience. Relationships with regard to buying art is all about trust and we are certainly here for the long journey with our clients and not the short! It is not about just finding the right painting or sculpture for the right client, but also advising on care and restoration of artwork, advice on insuring pieces, building up a collection and also helping to move works on when tastes change or various circumstances dictate.

What was the path you took to get to where you are today?

I studied Fine Art & Antiques ISVA 3 year course at Southampton and a separate Diploma in Jewellery valuation and then went on to work for Christies in Glasgow and Hamilton & Inches in Edinburgh before joining Trinity House in 2007.

Tell us about the most unusual project you’ve worked on.

We have had the privilege of meeting wonderful people and seeing some beautiful homes which can also include homes ‘on the water’. We have supplied artwork to various superyachts, two pieces of which were picked up from a private airfield and helicoptered on to the boat!

Talk us through the process of sourcing fine art for your clients.

We have a wonderful and varied inventory of fine art and sculpture, and 9/10 times we are able to find a piece to suit from within the collection.

If we don’t have exactly what a client is searching for we will try and discover a starting point, whether that be the palette, subject matter or artist and from there either source from private collections of artwork which we may have access to at that time.

If you were a superhero tell us what your superpower would be?

Invisibility, how wonderful would it be to sit at a dinner table and listen to a client who has just bought a piece of artwork, discussing it with their family, or standing and admiring it with their friends and enjoy listening to their private enthuses

What does the future hold?

I think our online presence will continue to grow, predominantly with viewing rooms where clients can see works situated in living spaces.

With office space now increasingly becoming part of our home space, I think people have had more time to contemplate what brings them joy, from art on the walls to ceramics or furniture…

‘The work of art is a scream of freedom’ Christo.

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