Artsy Panel: Set Your Gallery Up for Success as the World Reopens

Mohamed Melehi, A sign for Fra Angelico, 2017. Image courtesy of Taymour Grahne Projects.

Artsy Panel: Set Your Gallery Up for Success as the World Reopens

Virtual art fairs. Online viewing rooms. In-person exhibitions. How are gallerists coping with change in 2021? Hear art world leaders share their plans for maintaining a compelling program during a time of uncertainty.

What they discuss:

  • Top takeaways from 2020, the year of digital
  • Navigating uncertainty as the world reopens
  • How to keep the art collecting experience authentic and enjoyable

About the panelists

Tarka Russell, Director at Timothy Taylor

Tarka Russell is the Director of Timothy Taylor, London. Russell has been instrumental in continuing the gallery’s strong presence in the secondary market whilst forging exciting new relationships with emerging contemporary artists, such as Annie Morris and Daniel Crews-Chubb. In 2020, Russell led the gallery’s online expansion, working with art and design industry specialists, such as Katy Hessel and Steven Gambrel, on guest-curated online viewing rooms, reaching new, international audiences and appealing to rising collector groups. Prior to joining Timothy Taylor, Russell worked for Pace Gallery, London. Russell is on the board of Glucksman Museum and is a Patron of the Tate Modern and the Future Contemporaries at the Serpentine Gallery.


Julia Speed, Luhring Augustine, Artsy for Galleries

Julia Speed, Director at Luhring Augustine

Julia Speed is a director at Luhring Augustine in New York, where she manages the gallery’s digital sales strategy. Prior to working at Luhring Augustine, Julia worked at Gladstone Gallery, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art History at Tufts University, and master’s degree from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Julia has curated independent projects for Spring/Break Art Show and with The Olympia Project, and is a founding member of the Young Patrons of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Bushwick, Brooklyn.


Alex Gabriel, Partner at Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel

Alex Gabriel was born in Rio de Janeiro and worked in the film and theater industry before joining Galeria Fortes Vilaça in 2001. He served as Artistic Director at the gallery until 2016, when he became a partner. The gallery was subsequently named Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. Under the direction of Márcia Fortes, Alessandra d’Aloia, and Alexandre Gabriel, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel is a standard for the vigor and quality in Brazilian contemporary art within the international scene. It represents 40 artists – ranging from Brazilians to foreigners, from up-and-coming to the well established – through a dynamic and diversified program. There are currently two exhibition venues, with distinct profiles: Galpão, in São Paulo, and Carpintaria in Rio de Janeiro.


Yaeri Song, Senior Account Executive at Artsy

Yaeri Song is a Senior Account Executive at Artsy who brings rich experience in digital marketing and content strategy to galleries. She has a digital agency background creating local marketing campaigns for small businesses as well as global initiatives for brands like Samsung, LG, Adidas, and BMW. She is passionate about helping galleries align their digital efforts to increase their online brand exposure.


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