Bolton Museum will provide a fascinating insight into the world of art forgery on Friday, April 15.
Detective Constable Ian Lawson, of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Art and Antiques Unit, will deliver a talk to coincide with the launch of the prestigious Fakes and Forgeries exhibition.
The free exhibition, which will feature the Amarna Princess statue, opens to the public at Bolton Museum on Saturday, April 16 and will run until Saturday, July 2.
However, those attending DC Lawson’s talk will be given a sneak preview of the exhibition prior to learning about the story behind some of the pieces and how their creators were brought to justice.
Tickets are now on sale for the talk, available from The Albert Halls box office.
The talk, which takes place in the museum’s Lecture Theatre, will also look at the wider subject of fakes and forgeries in the art world; the impact and causes of such crimes and the work of the Art and Antiques Unit.
There will also be a chance to ask DC Lawson questions about his work.
The Met’s Fakes and Forgeries exhibition made its debut at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in January last year and was so popular it had to be extended.
With the Amarna Princess as the centrepiece, its intention was to heighten awareness of art crime, educate people about what to look for and to encourage reporting of such crimes.
This is the first time the exhibition will be viewed by the public since then and, as well as the Amarna, features other fakes by convicted forger Shaun Greenhalgh, including the Risley Park Lanx; Barbara Hepworth Goose and Thomas Moran paintings.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “The exhibition itself educates the public about forgers rather than glamorises crime and I am sure it will be very popular with visitors from far and wide.
“We believe that an informative talk about the reasoning behind the exhibition will reiterate the point that forgery is a very serious crime which can affect people from all walks of life – not just art collectors and major organisations.”
DC Lawson said: "Educating the public on how to avoid becoming a victim of art crime is a vitally important part of crime prevention.
“The Fakes and Forgeries exhibition was incredibly well received in London, so we are pleased to be able to bring it, with the Greenhalgh exhibits, back to Bolton."
The Fakes and Forgeries talk will take place from 7pm to 8pm on Friday, April 15. Tickets are priced £5 and include a preview of the exhibition from 6pm.
Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact The Albert Halls box office on 01204 334400.
Please note, the Fakes and Forgeries exhibition is free to visit.