Opening night

An exclusive VIP gala reception and private viewing marked the opening night of STRARTA on Wednesday 9 October.

Talks and tours

STRARTA hosted series of talks and tours which were free to those with a valid entrance ticket. These were well attended.

Patrick van der Vorst: Latest developments in the online art market
10 October 3-3.30pm
Standing at Room 10

Patrick van der Vorst, founder of the valuation service was a Director and Head of Department at Sotheby’s London for over 12 years. His passion and enthusiasm for making the art identifying and valuing process as approachable as possible drove him to create his easy-to-use website in 2009.

Often the art market can be perceived as being very unapproachable, or the process of trying to get your item valued can be quite time consuming and complex. All of Patrick’s antique experts have worked for Sotheby’s, Christie’s or other leading auction houses, and now offer their knowledge, covering over 35 collecting fields, in order to make the art valuing and appraisal process as straightforward as possible.

He doesn’t buy or sell any items, so his approach is completely independent and unbiased.

During the Summer of 2010, Value My Stuff successfully appeared on BBC’s Dragons’ Den and received £100,000 investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis.

Christine Miller: The Art of Love
11 October 3-3.30pm
Standing at Room 10

An accomplished, informative and entertaining public speaker, Christine Miller has delivered over 500 workshops and talks to international audiences from 20 to 2,000, on a range of topics within the personal and business growth subject area including The Power of Thought, Understanding the Human Brain and Breakthrough to Success.

Christine is currently researching and writing a book on organisational change and has recently completed over 60 interviews with key global leaders where she has gained deep insights into the current thinking on what is required for more sustainable and values based organisations to thrive in changing times.

The visionary Founder Editor of ReSource, a leading intelligence provider in business and personal growth, Christine enjoys a privileged role sharing thoughts and ideas with world leaders in the fields of current affairs, business, social and personal education. An Author, Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Mentor, Speaker and published Poet, Christine focuses mainly on developing leadership, spirit and untapped potential in others.

Christian Kyriacou: Art Dynamics and the Blueprints of Life
11 October 5.30-6pm
Standing at Room 10

Christian Kyriacou RIBA MCSD is The House Whisperer, working with people to enable them to understand and feel the correlation between their ‘inner home’ and the external home in which they live.  He embodies a unique blend of Scientific and Esoteric skills, blending and fusing these disciplines to enhance buildings and people’s lives.

He is an Architect, Philosopher, Writer, Architectural & Environmental Psychologist, Interior Designer, Composer, Musician, Feng Shui/Vastu and Geomancy Consultant.  He has worked with many modalities of Oriental Philosophies, Meditation, Sanskrit, Sacred Sound, Harmonic Resonance and Sacred Geometry.

He has run his own professional Architectural and Interior Design practice since 1970, designing major public projects, airport interiors, residential, restaurants and educational premises.  He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Society of Designers, International Feng Shui Guild (Red Ribbon) and the Performing Rights Society.

Christian has appeared on TV and Radio worldwide since 1993, speaking on the relationship of architecture, harmonics and music, house whispering, sacred space, philosophy, consciousness, geomancy and Feng Shui.

Richard Weston: The Art of Nature
11 October 7-7.30pm

Standing at Room 10 

Professor of Architecture, author, inventor, designer, star of BBC2′s Britain’s Next Big Thing, Richard Weston is also the man who dedicated years of his leisure time creating the world’s largest collection of highly magnified scanned images of the ‘insides’ of rocks and minerals.

Richard featured in the BBC2 series, Britain’s Next Big Thing, presented by Theo Paphitis of Dragon’s Den fame, which charted his progress culminating in the images becoming a top selling scarves collection at Liberty of London.

Richard is a highly regarded academic who is setting up a new foundation that will encourage a greater understanding of nature.  He is the author of several books including Formations: Images from Rocks, published by Deukalion Press.  He also authored Alvar Aalto (winner of the 1995 Sir Banister Fletcher Prize): Modernism: Materials, Form and Architecture and Utzon, the first authorised account of the work of the architect of Sydney Opera House.