About us

The Artistate Team

Our mission is to serve the artistic community by offering services tailored to artists and their estates through a panel of experts.

Together, the Artistate team has over 100 years of experience in working with artists and estates, as well as galleries, museums and academic institutions. We are dedicated to supporting artists' planning for the future because, without planning, the oeuvre often disappears when the artist passes away. We believe that it does not have to be that way.  Instead, the oeuvre of talented artists deserves a future lasting decades, if not centuries.

Planning a legacy is like creating a work of art: it requires inspiration, creativity, persistence and determination, but also specialist skills and knowledge that artists may not possess. We offer those skills, as well as an expertise that is tailored to artists, their families and their estates.

Keith Graham

Keith Graham

Founder

Keith Graham is an experienced Chartered Accountant, a Partner at Haines Watts, Accountants and Business advisers. He advises individuals and businesses on Tax (both UK and International) and general financial matters, as well as providing accounting and audit services. He has developed a specialism providing services to the art sector – and has a particular interest in estate planning for artists. Clients  of Haines Watts include major international galleries, dealers, and leading artists (including 3 Turner Prize winners). Keith is a Trustee of Acme Studios, and a member of PAIAM . He works with the Association of Women Art Dealers and is a former Trustee of the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum.

Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill

Founder

Catherine Hill heads the Art and Cultural Property team at Forsters LLP, a leading London law firm based in Mayfair where she has been a partner since 2008.  She has many years' experience acting for living artists and their families, including several leading contemporary figures, on legacy, succession and taxation issues. Catherine also advises collectors, galleries and museums. She has lectured in recent years at the Royal Academy on Legacy Planning and on art law matters generally and is a member of PAIAM (Professional Advisers to the International Arts Market) and the Heritage Lawyers Group. She acts as trustee and executor for many of her artist clients.

John Martin

John Martin

Founder

John Martin is the gallery director of John Martin Gallery which he opened in 1992. He was the founder of Cromwell Place in South Kensington and co-founder and fair director of Art Dubai (2007-9). He is on the Board of the Mayfair Art Weekend and a Trustee of the Artists’ Collecting Society and the Almas Art Foundation. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Society of London Art Dealers.

Pierre Valentin

Pierre Valentin

Founder

Pierre Valentin is a founding partner of Constantine Cannon LLP (London) where he heads their art and cultural property law team.  Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, he was a Senior Director and Associate General Counsel at Sotheby's, and more recently a partner of Withers LLP.  He was a trustee of World Monuments Fund Britain (1998-2016) and Chairman of the Board (2013-2016).  He founded PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market) in 2012 and was Chairman of the Board until 2017.  He founded ICRA (International Catalogue Raisonne Association) in 2019 and is Chairman of the Board.  He is a trustee of the Artist's Collecting Society.

Jessica Carlisle

Jessica Carlisle

Head of Business Development

Jessica Carlisle is a contemporary art professional. She has worked variously as gallerist, curator, consultant, project manager and artist agent, and has an in-depth knowledge of the visual art world. She is a solicitor with three years post-qualification practice across various specialisms including wills and trust law, litigation and intellectual property, contract law and commercial property.

Camille Beckmann

Camille Beckmann

Business Administrator

Camille Beckmann is a paralegal in multi-territorial music licensing. She holds an LL.M in International Law with a specialisation in Intellectual Property Law from Maastricht University, and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law, London Moorgate. In 2018, Camille co-founded the Indie Art Legal Clinic at Maastricht University. She has experience in working for art galleries, law firms, and collecting societies across Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

You can get in touch with us via email at hello@artistate.co.uk or via our contact form.