About us

Since its inception in 2011, Izba Arts (previously RA+C) has become the most popular and comprehensive international guide to the world of arts and culture from the former Eastern Bloc.

Run by Ksenia Kazintseva, an artist and producer with over 10 years of experience in running immersive events, community engagement initiatives and educational programmes, and under the patronage of art collector and professional Natasha Butterwick, Izba Arts features listings of the most exciting events all over the world, exclusive interviews with the world-renowned professionals in Central & Eastern European (CEE) culture, reviews of the latest books, exhibitions and performances, research articles and opinion pieces, and 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. Since then, our expertise and interests have broadened to the former Eastern Bloc region and the influences of colonial heritage on it to date.

We have regularly featured in:

  • The Times
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Financial Times
  • The Art Newspaper
  • Huffington Post
  • Blouin ArtInfo
  • The Moscow Times
  • RIA Novosti
  • BBC

Izba Arts is the founder of the EASTERN EUROPEAN ART WEEK in London an exclusive network uniting the leading auctions of Russian Art at Sotheby’s, Christies, MacDougalls, Bonhams, Rosebery’s and Sworder’s with coinciding themed exhibitions and cultural events.

We publish a comprehensive bi-annual OFFICIAL EASTERN EUROPEAN ART WEEK GUIDE, coinciding with the June and November auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, MacDougall’s, Bonhams and our other partner organisations. 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 trends in culture.

Ksenia Kazintseva, Director

Ksenia Kazintseva, Director

Ksenia has nearly 10 years’ experience in the creative industries, having worked as an arts producer, curator and educator at a range of cultural institutions including the Saatchi Gallery, TATE Exchange, Battersea Arts Centre as well as many more. Ksenia has also worked in cultural policy research and local government, running various community arts initiatives.


Natasha Butterwick, Patron

Natasha Butterwick, Patron

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 Eastern European Art of 19th and 20th centuries. She is an avid art collector and is passionate about music, dance and literature.


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