Collecting art gets under your skin and supporting artists by buying their work is a great way to nurture the wider art scene. However, if you’re interested in building a collection and you’re spending money on art it is a good idea to educate yourself.

Join art consultant Hamish Coney and Starkwhite's Kelly Carmichael for a fun and information filled session offering advice on how to go about buying art and what to look out for.

Topics include:

  • How to start an art collection
  • Collecting for your home
  • Collecting for corporate spaces
  • What to look for in an art work
  • The difference between art and design
  • The difference between buying from an artist vs a gallery or auction house
  • How to talk about your art works
  • Where to look for and learn about art
  • Where to turn to with your questions about art

About the speakers:

Hamish Coney is an independent art consultant, writer, and was managing director of auction house Art+Object from 2007–18. Hamish brings considerable expertise as an art lover and from an extensive career building collections for private individuals and public museums.

Kelly Carmichael is director of Starkwhite Queenstown and has a background curating and writing about contemporary and public art. She works both with young collectors just beginning their journey and international museums seeking to buy New Zealand art.

Note: cash bar available on the night.


  • Hamish Coney (Art+Object)
  • Kelly Carmichael (Starkwhite)


  • 40.00


  • Sat 07 May


  • 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm


  • Arrowtown Bowling Club
  • 6 Hertford Street
  • Otago 9351