This statement sets out the steps that Hamiltons Galleries Ltd. [Hamiltons Gallery] is taking to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in its business or supply chains and that it is in compliance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
This statement relates to the current financial year ended in Dec 2019.
Hamiltons Gallery was founded in 1977 and is one of the world’s longest standing photography galleries.
Hamiltons Gallery works in the primary and secondary markets of many important photographers and also deals privately in other media.
In addition to selling pictures and brokering secondary market sales, Hamiltons Gallery coordinates various other services relating to current and future sales. These include but are not limited to:
- Coordinating the framing individual objects
- Coordinating the insurance and valuation of objects
- Organising, installation and marketing external exhibitions and installations
- Coordinating the import and export of goods to and from the UK and other countries where installations, art fairs and exhibitions may take place
- Producing publications with artists, artist’s estates and institutions
- Marketing and advertising for the gallery as well as through social media platforms
- Promoting external exhibitions, projects and publications financially
Hamiltons Gallery is committed to ensuring that to the best of its ability there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in its supply chains or in any part of its business. The gallery policy is to assess and address the risks of violations of anti-human trafficking and anti-modern slavery laws. The gallery will not knowingly support or do business with any person or organisation involved in slavery and/or human trafficking and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business relationships.
Our Supply Chain
Hamiltons Gallerys’ works of art are either purchased from the artists, owners or from family estates, either directly or via an auction house, and, they are purchased mainly from the UK, Europe and the USA. All purchases are subject to a thorough provenance search, to establish their authenticity and the current owner(s). Nearly all of the auxiliary goods and services provided to the business are sourced from local or nationally recognised, reputable businesses, with whom the gallery liaises directly.
Hamiltons Gallery operates transparently with its suppliers in order to establish and maintain confidence that none of its supply chains are exposed to any forms of labour exploitation.
Hamiltons Gallery adheres to a robust recruitment process in line with UK employment laws, including 'right to work', identity checks, and contracts of employment.
All Hamiltons Gallery employees are briefed on the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and have been made aware of the types of modern slavery and human trafficking that can exist. When Hamiltons Gallery considers entering into a new relationship with a third party, it follows the necessary due diligence processes to ensure that the third party is conducting its business ethically and in adherence to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 - this is likely to include, as a minimum, references. The gallery also ensures the monitoring of new relationships formed. Staff are asked to relay any concerns that they may have regarding ethical standards to senior management, so the appropriate action can be taken.
Hamiltons Gallery takes steps to ensure its (larger) suppliers are aware of the human rights standards and wider ethical values to which the gallery abides, and, the standards that the gallery expects from them.