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Art Detective: The ‘art’ of sleuthing
Andrew Ellis

  • Wednesday 14 June 2017, 7.00PM to 8.00pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Fossgate (map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

The nation loves a great detective story. Throw in the UK’s public art collection, some fiendishly difficult mysteries and the public’s expert knowledge and you have an invaluable resource supporting collections nationwide.

Join Andrew Ellis, Director of Art UK - the online home for public art in the UK – to discuss the Art Detective network, its discoveries and how Art UK works with the BBC’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces TV series.

About the speaker

Andrew Ellis has been Director of Art UK since 2003, with responsibility for the overall strategic planning and direction of the organisation, including staff recruitment, financial control and income generation. He previously worked at investment bank Robert Fleming (subsequently part of JP Morgan Chase), working in various equity research and management roles in London and Tokyo, reaching the level of Managing Director. In his role as Managing Director Asia-Pacific Equity Research, Andy was responsible for over 250 staff. He is Trustee of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. He read Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Art Detective

Art Detective aims to improve knowledge of the UK’s public art collection. It is an award-winning, free-to-use online network that connects public art collections with members of the public and providers of specialist knowledge. Launched in March 2014, Art Detective comprises a digital network built on top of Art UK's existing art object database. Art Detective is accessed through the Art UK website. For more information visit




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