The idea to establish an international network for art market studies was first voiced by a small circle of enthusiasts after ‘The Art Market Past and Present’ conference organized jointly by the Burlington Magazine and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London on 31 October / 1 November 2014. Four of these pursued this idea in the course of 2015 when different models for such networks were explored – particularly during a meeting in The Hague on 23 May 2015. In the end, the solution that seemed most suitable was that of a scholarly association funded by its members: it was agreed that this model provides a maximum of independence and also allows us to reach the many individuals and disciplines that study the art market.
TIAMSA took further shape during a meeting of our founding members on 2 April 2016 following the ‘Dealers and Museums’ conference at the National Gallery London. All of those attending supported the idea of the creation of such an association. The ensuing weeks saw the drafting of our constitution, the establishment of our website, and eventually the actual foundation on 31 May 2016 in a London basement, a meeting room kindly provided by the Burlington Magazine. Having constituted ourselves we formed an interim board comprising seven of the founding members. These, together with the additional ‘events officer’ were officially elected by almost forty members present at our first annual general meeting of 13 July 2016 at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.
Thanks to the wonderful support we have received from friends and colleagues in many countries, TIAMSA gathered 100 members within the first seven weeks of its official launch (July 2016). Our association continues to grow at a healthy rate, our board has recently been enlarged by well known art market experts and sub-committees are taking up their activities – so TIAMSA is on course for an exciting future!