Nick Betney
Managing Director

As founder of ARTZU, Nick has more than 17 years art consultancy experience gained in projects undertaken for both the corporate and public sector. He has particular expertise in leading creative projects and managing the art commissioning process.

ARTZU has steadily grown to become one of the leading suppliers of contemporary art in the UK, and Nick has been the main driving force in this evolution. He has developed an expanding portfolio of professional artists and collectively they form the basis of the creative team behind the company.

Over the past 15 years Nick has successfully led on more than 20 large scale commercial projects. Previous clients include Atkins, Benoy, The Peel Group, Bang & Olufsen, First Gulf Bank and Emaar Properties.

Charles Blair
Head of International Projects

With over 25 years international development project experience in many parts of the world including Europe, the Middle East, SE Asia, Africa and Australia, Charles has been at the forefront of ARTZU’s expansion program overseas. This has included implementing market entry strategies in the Gulf and project planning with major clients on corporate and residential developments.

He has a wide range of high-level contacts both within the international art market and with some of the world’s foremost companies and developers.

Dr. Edith Szivas
Art Consultant – Middle East

As Director of SeaStar Consultancy, UAE, Edith has over 25 years of international project development experience in the UK/EU, Middle East and East Africa. She has been working at a senior level on advisory projects for the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), EU, USAID and AFED (Arab Forum for Environment and Development) in the area of strategic tourism development, tourism policy and planning.

Based in Dubai, Edith regularly travels to GCC countries where she has high level contacts with governmental bodies and leading private sector actors in the fields of urban planning, the arts and tourism.

Andy Pacino
Art Consultant – Middle East

Andy searches for artists from the Middle East region and analyses their quality and suitability for ARTZU. This knowledge, and the ongoing communication between Andy, the artists and the region’s galleries, provide him with a unique qualification to advise on Middle East Contemporary Art.

Andy’s strength is in identifying artistic quality from a region where the image is suddenly a powerful commodity. The best work is often intended to challenge the viewer and to identify the best, Andy searches the studios of the established, the young, and the new, even graffiti artists on the street, so that his understanding of the Middle East art scene is comprehensive.

Stephen Dalton
Technical Expert

After pursuing a successful career for over 15 years as a bespoke jeweller and goldsmith, Stephen also now works with an innovative range of materials and processes at the leading edge of his field.

He has advised on the technical aspects of sculpture and art installations both here and abroad including specialist shipping arrangements and on-site assembly.

He has been able to help clients to display artwork to its best advantage and maximum impact. Stephen is able to oversee the whole artistic process from initial enquiry to opening ceremony.

Nicola Siddons
Communications Consultant

With a degree in communications and a background in both science and design, Nicola has over 15 years experience in the public and private art sectors managing the communications aspects of cultural projects.  She is passionate about working with both emerging and established artists, interpreting their ideas into realisable projects through editorial and visualisation techniques.