Recent News


Interview with Penelope Jackson in ArtZone Magazine

The most recent edition of ArtZone magazine features an interview with Penelope Jackson, discussing crimes against art.

ArtZone is a bi-monthly fine arts and design magazine, focusing on New Zealand galleries, exhibitions and artists. Produced by art lovers for art lovers.

Visit their website to find out where to purchase a copy, it’s well worth a read!

Launch of new book by Arthur Tompkins – “Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War” 

Our very own Chairperson Judge Arthur Tompkins has written an enthralling new book, Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War.

“From the many wars of Classical Antiquity, through the military turning points and detours of the Fourth Crusade, the Thirty Years’ War, Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, World Wars I and II, and then onwards to the ongoing contemporary conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, the history of art crime in times of war contains myriad fascinating and often little-known stories of the fate of humankind’s greatest works of art. Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War charts the crucial milestones of art crimes spanning two thousand years.”

You can read Penelope Jackson’s review of the book here on the ARCA website.

This exciting new book is available to purchase online and in bookstores (including on Amazon here).

Upcoming Talk – “Art + Crime = Story” – Penelope Jackson, Arthur Tompkins and Catherine Gardner to talk at NZFestival on Sunday 11 March

ARCA Postgraduate Programme and 2018 Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference

The Association for Research into Crime Against Art (ARCA) runs a summer-long eleven course interdisciplinary professional program in Amelia, Italy.  This course provides students with in-depth, postgraduate-level instruction in a wide-variety of theoretical and practical elements relating to art and heritage crime.  Visit ARCA’s website here for more information and to apply.

ARCA is also holding its annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference (this year is its 10th anniversary!) in Amelia from the 22-24 June 2018.  Geared towards international organisations, national enforcement agencies, academics, and cultural institutions working in the field, and private sector professionals involved in the art and antiquities market, the Amelia Conference follows a long-established commitment by the Association to examine contemporary issues of common concern in an open, non-combative, multi-disciplinary format, in order to build capacity in the field.  Click here for more information and to register for the conference.


Penelope Jackson talks Art Crime with Bay of Plenty Times

People Touching Artworks

A website, People Touching Artworks, has recently been launched to document museum and gallery visitors behaving badly – touching, leaning against, poking, feeling and measuring artworks! It’s a fascinating insight into the things people do when in the presence of art – violating that fundamental tenet of “don’t touch the art”.


Launch of a new book by Penelope Jackson

Penelope Jackson, one of our founding trustees, has written a new book “Art Thieves, Fakers and Fraudsters: The New Zealand Story”, which describes some of the scandalous and intriguing art crime events that have happened in New Zealand in the last 100 years.  It illustrates that art crime is most certainly happening in our own backyard!

The book can be purchased directly from the publisher, Awa Press –

Art Crime and Its Prevention – newly published art crime handbook

“Art Crime and Its Prevention”, edited by our very own Arthur Tompkins, has been published by Lund Humphries.

The publisher’s website describes this as the “definitive handbook on art crime for art-world professionals of all kinds”.  It includes essays written by a number of international experts on topics from how to secure art in galleries and private collections, insurnace of art, checking provenance and the legitimacy of an art work, how to deal with forgery, the impact of looting in conflict zones, international law relating to art in war, and many other fascinating topics presenting a “fully-rounded analysis of art crime and its many associations”.

The book is available to buy from the Lund Humphries website – – and also through Vic Books in New Zealand –