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Join Pamela Kember, Head of Arts and Learning at Asia House, for a fascinating conversation with entrepreneur, art collector and philanthropist Simon Franks on life, art and film. Former JP Morgan and BNP Paribas investment banker Simon Franks is the winner of a number of business awards including the Sunday Times Fast Track award and is founder chairman of Redbus Group, a UK based investment group. In 2013 Simon was selected as one of the world’s 100 top innovators by British Airways.
Simon also co-founded online rental service Lovefilm International which was subsequently sold to Amazon in 2011. He’s very involved in philanthropic pursuits and established the Franks Family Foundation (FFF), a UK based charity, which manages and funds a number of charitable endeavours around the world, the vast majority in Southeast Asia.
These endeavours range from scholarship programmes, travelling medical and outreach projects to primary care. The FFF also has a focus on support for artists and art institutions around the world but particularly in the UK.
Out of a journey that has also oriented him East to discover mid-career and emerging artists, he has amassed one of the most significant collections of art coming out of China, Korea and Japan as well as other Asian nations. Along with his collecting partner, Robert Suss, and curators Tamar Arnon and Eli Zagury, the Franks-Suss Collection was established more than 13 years ago and now holds almost a thousand pieces of work across all media.
Its focus remains on emerging artists from countries undergoing significant social, economic, or political change. With outposts in London, Hong Kong and Sydney, the curators search for exciting artists doing something new or something technically brilliant, or bold, or beautiful. In the last year the collection has bought artworks from artists based in over 20 different countries.
Simon will discuss his Asian odyssey and beyond, highlighting both where help is needed and where opportunities lie. This event is not one to be missed for anyone with an interest in emerging Asian artists or learning about establishing and building an international art collection centred around shared passions and values.