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‘Navigating the Art Market course’ from Art Fund and Sotheby’s

The ‘Navigating the Art Market course’ is being run by the Art Fund in conjunction with Sotheby’s Institute of Art.   The course is aimed at museum professionals to provide a practical understanding of the art market.  Topics will range from how to bid at auction and the legal aspects of acquiring art to tips for cultivating relationships with art dealers and collectors.

The course will use a combination of online training and a day seminar at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London on 17 March 2017. 

The seminar in London will offer an opportunity to review online material, network with curators and art world experts as well as offering insight into the workings of the auction house Sotheby’s.

Topics will include:

·         An overview and introduction to the art market

·         A brief introduction to art law and due diligence checks

·         Tax incentives to facilitate acquisitions for public benefit

·         Guidance on how to buy at auction

·         How galleries, dealers, art fairs and collectors operate

·         How to network in the art world

The course is targeted at early career curators interested in gaining a practical understanding of the art market and more experienced curators wishing to refresh their knowledge.   Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals, but given the limited spaces available, priority will be given to curators and others who work with public collections.

Courses offered by the Sotheby’s Institute normally charge a fee, however this course, specifically aimed at museum professionals will be free to attend (with lunch included) for those who are offered a place.  

Please note that the deadline for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 9 February. 

Please contact Eleanor McGrath, Senior Programmes Manager (Acquisitions) on 020 7225 4815 emcgrath@artfund.org if you have any questions.

For more details and to apply, please see the website