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Navigating the Art Market course in partnership with Sotheby's Institute of Art

We're working with Sotheby's Institute of Art to offer free places on this course to develop a practical understanding of the art market.

Navigating the Art Market, in partnership with Sotheby's Institute of Art, will provide museum professionals with a practical understanding of the art market through a combination of online sessions and a one-day seminar in London, with free places supported by Art Fund and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

When: Online sessions 7-28 October. Seminar day Friday 1 November 2019
Where: Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE
Who: Early career curators interested in gaining a practical understanding of the art market and more experienced curators wishing to refresh their knowledge
Cost: Free to attend (includes lunch)

Online sessions will be available for course participants to access at any time in the four weeks preceding the seminar course and for one month after. The seminar in London will offer an opportunity to review online material, network with curators and art-world experts.

Topics will include:

  • An overview and introduction to the art market
  • Guidance on how to buy at auction
  • Tools and resources for how to understand and analyse the art market
  • Provenance and due diligence research
  • The process of authentication and condition reporting
  • Title claim checks and registration

For more information you can download details of the course content and timetable (please note that the timetable and speakers may be subject to change). Online materials will be available to successful applicants on Monday 7 October.

Although this course is fully-funded, transportation to/from the seminar in London is not included. If you or your organisation cannot cover the travel costs, please contact us to discuss this further.


Applications are open to museum and gallery professionals in the UK, but curators and others who work with public collections will be prioritised. This course would be most relevant to those working with historic collections.

How to apply

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