A native of Toronto, Canada, Sydne has been living in London for the past seven years. Moving to the UK to study Cultural Policy and Art Investment in 2008, she has held roles at Sotheby’s Canada and Sotheby’s London. With her knowledge of the global art market, she worked in Business Development for the auction house before moving on to work for Masterpiece London, the capital’s leading cross-collecting art fair. Sydne regularly consults in the cultural sector and takes an active interest in the emergence and sustainability of biennales around the world.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I would love to have been the subject of a Kees van Dongen portrait. His subject are so beautiful and mysterious, painted in his vibrant Fauvist pallet and with those signature smokey eyes. I imagine van Dongen’s sitters were quite an interesting group of women, rich in their life experiences.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
My grandfather who shared his love of philosophy, literature and the arts with me. As a little girl he bought me my first art books and art supplies and encouraged me to explore my creativity. And my father who taught me to be inquisitive and continues to set the best example for lifelong learning and trying new things.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
At the top of my list right now is learning another language, I am currently working on Spanish and delving into Spain’s illustrious history. When I’m not visiting family or friends, wherever they may be in the world, I hope to keep travelling and exploring new cultures and cultural events; my current list includes the Istanbul Biennale, exploring Shanghai and Hangzhou and I have always dreamed of visiting Jerusalem.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
The more I travel the longer the list gets! I am regularly reminded how fantastic my home base of London is, the city is so dense in its cultural offering that I feel spoiled for choice. I also love Tokyo, which offers countless cultural and culinary delights and San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage City, which is easily the most enchanting and creatively inspiring city I have been to recently. I’m excited at the thought of going back.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
Currently I am working on the 7th edition of the international cross-collecting art fair Masterpiece London. As the fair’s Marketing Manager, I oversee PR, advertising, events and partnerships. I am also consulting on a variety of cultural start-ups and enterprises and am working with a few emerging artists and photographers to help them navigate the art world and establish strong business propositions.
To find out more about Masterpiece: www.masterpiecefair.com
You can follow me and my personal projects via twitter: @SydneLee