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Sotheby’s Institute of Art has been in residence at 30 Bedford Square since 2005, where we are neighbours to the numerous and vibrant cultural and academic organisations that line one of London’s most renowned private squares in the heart of Bloomsbury.   

The Institute benefits from being part of this stimulating intellectual community, and we are thrilled to open our doors, alongside our neighbours, at the inaugural Bedford Square Festival.

From 28 June to 1 July 2017, we invite you to join us to analyse recent auction sales of Impressionist and Modern Art, take a look at a snapshot of the art world that week, explore the techniques of Old Masters, examine the role of the curator today, and hear fascinating stories of attribution and authentication, and more.  

In addition to the events at the Institute, we hope to see you at Shakespeare in the Squares’ performance of Romeo and Juliet in nearby Montague Street Garden and on the walking tours, lectures, readings, screenings, and workshops offered by our neighbours and co-hosts of Bedford Square Festival: Paul Mellon Centre, the Architectural Association, Yale University Press, and New College of the Humanities.  

In the words of Professor Jos Hackforth-Jones, CEO and director of the London Institute, “Sotheby’s Institute of Art is delighted to be part of this visionary event which underscores our commitment to the ‘larger academy’ of Bedford Square. It is a wonderful opportunity for cross-disciplinarity and educational and cultural partnership, and a celebration of the shared interests and spirit in this historic location.”

All events are free and open to the public, but require advance registration.  Visit the Bedford Square Festival website for more information and tickets.  

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