How are art and antiques specialists responding to the need for sustainability?
Firms and individuals are operating with increased environmental awareness, for example in the use of packaging and transport. The markets they work in are also seeing a growing interest in sustainability, with collections, exhibitions and art relating to climate change and sustainability now featuring across key markets.
In addition, awareness of cultural appropriation, new legislation on the approach on issues relating to the trade in illegal wildlife and substances such as ivory are under review and surveyors need to be fully aware of the legislation and its implications. Finally, the profession is promoting its “Antiques are Green” initiative, for example, promoting the purchase and use of “brown furniture” to younger homeowners, rather than the purchase of newly made items.