Why is the chamber meddling in art? Some would argue that effective networking is an art – and effective and memorable networking was our objective.
Firstly, the venue; the setting had to match the theme, so where better than the Aladdin´s cave of Santiago de Alfama, passionately restored and decorated by our host Heleen, who was very kind by providing us not only the sumptuous lunch but also a guided tour of the hotel where we appreciated her collected art works in situ.
Art is created, exhibited, bought, sold, collected, insured, admired and forms part of our cultural heritage – so that was the basis criteria for choosing the participants. We invited a globally recognised auction house; award winning architect; gallery owner; renowned commercial photographer; specialist art insurer; director of the city’s most famous museum; owner of an arts listing magazine; the agency responsible for sponsoring cultural activities; an agent responsible for recovering stolen art; and the amazingly talented artist whose works adorned the walls of the hotel where we met – at first glance perhaps a disparate group, but after some brief introductions they soon discovered some interesting connections. Recognizing that the purpose of networking is to forge new partnerships, the Chamber had carefully selected a blend of experiences and profiles with representatives from our Executive Class members right through to our newest entrepreneurs keen to make a name for themselves and learn from the expertise on hand.
All the elements of the event were orchestrated to maximize the desired effect – explore the possibilities of new partnerships and business opportunities; and it worked!
The BPCC is keen to organise regular networking sessions for the benefit of our members and we invite you to submit ideas or themes for consideration so that we can better fit our offer.
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Commercial photographer Kenton Thatcher discusses “the rule of thirds” with fellow art enthusiasts.