Since its inception in 2011, RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE has become the most popular and comprehensive international guide to the world of Russian art and culture.
Owned by art collector and professional Natasha Butterwick RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE features listings of the best selected events all over the world, exclusive interviews with the world renown professionals of the Russian cultural scene, reviews of the latest books, exhibitions and performances, research articles and opinion pieces, and the latest reports on the art market.
Throughout the year we host seminars, lectures, film screenings, conferences and organise private art tours. In 2014 we published the UK-Russia Year of Culture magazine and, in 2015, commissioned the first-ever in-depth analysis of the Russian Auction Market – an invaluable and much-quoted source of reference for art professionals.
RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE has regularly featured in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Art Newspaper, Huffington Post, Blouin ArtInfo, The Moscow Times and RIA Novosti – and on the BBC.
RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE is the founder of the RUSSIAN ART WEEK in London – an exclusive network uniting the leading auctions of Russian Art at Sotheby’s, Christies, MacDougalls and Bonhams with the coinciding Russian-themed exhibitions and cultural events.
We publish a comprehensive bi-annual OFFICIAL RUSSIAN ART WEEK GUIDE, coinciding with the June and November auctions of Russian Art at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, MacDougall’s and Bonhams. The Guide is available across London at locations from the Courtauld Institute, via the Saatchi Gallery to the Russian Embassy, to leading auction houses, business centres, restaurants and hotels, including The Dorchester, Claridge’s and The Ritz providing an insight into the most important events and topics.
Natasha Butterwick, owner and director
Natasha has over 20 years’ experience in the art world in Russia and the UK. After receiving degrees from the Moscow State Institute of Economics and Statistics and Christies Education Fine and Decorative Art Department, London, Natasha established a fine art business in dealing in Applied Arts and Russian Art of 19th and 20th centuries. She is an avid art collector and is passionate about music, dance and literature.
Elena Shampanova, Editor
Elena is an arts management professional with background in linguistics and marketing for non-for-profits. Having worked in Moscow as Arts Project Manager for British Council Russia Elena developed her interest in creative economy. In 2013 Elena moved to the UK to do an MA in Arts Management, and in 2014 set up her own arts management consultancy helping creative people bring their ideas to life. As a Doctoral Researcher with the School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London, Elena is exploring the notion of entrepreneurship in the arts.
Simon Hewitt, International Editor
Our International Editor Simon Hewitt studied History of Art at Oxford University and has over 25 years’ experience as an art critic and art market journalist, working on a regular basis for Art + Auction, The Art Newspaper, Antiques Trade Gazette and The Huffington Post. He has also contributed to a number of Russian magazines, including DEI Desillusionist, Vedomosti and the Russian editions of Robb Report and ELLE De Luxe. He has been reporting on Russian art and culture since 2004, and is regularly asked to write for catalogues to exhibitions of Russian art. He visits Russia several times each year, and has explored the country from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.
Ksenia Kazintseva, Social Media Coordinator
Ksenia Kazintseva is a fine artist and educator interested in collective memory and craft as part of the modern lifestyle. She believes tradition is a unifying universal language and its disintegration has created a lack of connection and spirituality in society. Being from Moscow originally, but now based in London, she experienced culture as part of learning in Russia and a more innovative approach to it in the UK. She intrigued by how this impacts national identity and connectedness to the self and the environment.