This is a cross-disciplinary course that provides you with a set of skills and knowledge that are highly transferable to the art world and its professional practices. Rather than being strictly academic, the course offers those wishing to receive a certificate on completion the opportunity to submit a plan for an art business using the information delivered in the sessions.
Led by experts in their fields, this virtual course will highlight the key aspects of the art world and its markets allowing you to interact directly with the lecturers and will also provide a key opportunity to network with like-minded people. Whether you are interested in launching an art business, thinking of working in the art world or looking to change your career, this course will offer you all the essential information required to get started.
Dr Thomas Flynn
Dr Tom Flynn is a graduate of the University of Sussex and the Royal College of Art, completing his doctorate at the University of Sussex in 1998. From 1998-2000 Tom was Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, organising an international exhibition on Rodin’s connections with the United Kingdom.
A former journalist at The Art Newspaper, his writing has appeared in numerous international art market publications. He has held board positions with art price data company Invaluable and the contemporary print retailer Eyestorm. He has published widely on the global art market, contemporary sculpture, museology, and art and design history and is an accredited lecturer with The Arts Society.
He was Senior Lecturer at Kingston College of Art from 2010-2017, directing the RICS-Accredited MA in Art Appraisal (Professional Practice) and has taught at Sussex University; IESA (Paris and London); and Richmond, the American University in London.
In 2017 he co-founded with Angelina Giovani the art provenance research agency Flynn & Giovani (FlynnGiovani.com), of which he is non-Executive director.
Nico Epstein is a curator, art historian and art advisor with a career-long involvement in art tech. He is a partner and COO of Artvisor, a London based contemporary art consultancy; having worked in the online art space for the past 10 years. Epstein has helped to arrange more than 20 exhibitions of contemporary art throughout Europe, New York and Hong Kong, focusing mostly on artists of his generation. He is currently overseeing the expansion of Artvisor’s technology and the formation of the art collection for the new W Hotel opening in Rome this autumn. Epstein also acts as a consultant for Frieze, organizing bespoke tours for their VIP clients. He has lectured on contemporary art and its markets at Bocconi, The Courtauld, and University College London among other leading universities. His most recent book, an analysis of Susan Sontag’s On Photography, was published on Routledge in 2018. His last course at Christie's Education was New Dynamics: The Digital Contemporary Art World.
Amanda Gray is a Partner in Mishcon Private, specialising in Art Law and the related field of Luxury Assets. She is Practice Lead for Art Law and chairs Mishcon's firm-wide multi-disciplinary Luxury Assets Group. Amanda is valued by her clients for her commercial, flexible approach and depth of knowledge across a diverse range of legal problems faced by those operating within the art market and luxury assets fields.
In addition to her Art Law practice, Amanda, as a long standing private client lawyer, has been able to bring her experience of dealing with sensitive personal situations to assisting bereaved families with inquests and advising clients on a range of medical negligence issues and loss of mental capacity.
An art law specialist with over 13 years of experience, she is valued by her clients for her commercial and solution driven approach and depth of knowledge. Her client base includes collectors, dealers, auction houses, artists, public and private institutions and foundations. She assists clients across a diverse range of contentious and non-contentious legal problems faced by those operating within the art market and luxury assets fields. These include sale and purchase agreements, art and antique collection management, loan and agency agreements, artists' resale rights regulations, special projects, bringing new discoveries to the market place and advising the art market on anti-money laundering regulations.
Her specialist contentious work includes claims arising from due diligence issues including authentication and title claims, disputes arising out of breaches of contract, negligence and misrepresentation. Matters are often international, high value, and high profile with significant commercial and personal implications for the reputation and legacy of those involved.
As a leading member of our multi-disciplinary Luxury Assets Group, Amanda provides advice to clients on luxury assets including classic cars, bloodstock and jewellery, each with nuances individual to their respective fields.
Amanda is a Trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA); the pro-bono General Counsel for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Sussex, which houses the permanent collection of works by the Ditchling Guild and is a member of the Responsible Art Market committee, London Chapter.
Simon Craig started his career in 1979 in the Commercial Claims Department of the Norwich Union, based in Leeds. He held a number of positions in the UK prior to moving to Italy in 1991. In 1997 Simon established his own company and set up The Acme Loss Adjusting and Risk Survey Company S.r.l.
In 2003 he co-founded the separate activity of C&N Insurance Services, specialising in the undertaking of Lloyd`s Coverholder Audit assignments.
In 2014 and after working for thirty years as a Loss Adjuster, Simon established the specialist fine art insurance practice of Untitled (1960) S.r.l.
Simon is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and a member of the Institute of Art and Law, and holds the Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (DipAple).
Ruth Cornett is a Senior Director in the Heritage and Taxation Advisory Service at Christie’s. Ruth trained as an art historian and was a curator in the V&A Museum prior to studying law and qualifying as a Chartered Tax Adviser and Trust and Estate Practitioner. Ruth advises on all areas of practice involving heritage and the taxation of chattels: private treaty sales, offers in lieu of IHT and claims for conditional exemption. Ruth sits as an observer on the Taxation and Political Committee of Historic Houses and has lectured for STEP, Historic Houses and Christie’s Education.
Ruth advises and guides applicants through the export licence process and contributed to the recent review of the export licence system undertaken by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and is a recognised expert in this field.
Neil Millen is Group Indirect Tax Director at Christie’s and is responsible for indirect tax compliance globally. He has practiced indirect tax for over 24 years with a career that has ranged across HM Customs & Excise, HM Revenue & Customs, the Bank of England and Ernst & Young. Neil studied History of Art at University College London and Classical Studies with the Open University and now specialises in the indirect taxation of art.
Lucy is a curator, writer, consultant and artist mentor. Lucy has been exploring the creative and critical implications of emerging technologies on art for over 15 years. She writes, curates, devises strategy and contributes to policy development - for organisations including FACT, Serpentine, Rhizome, Goethe Institut, Arts Council England and UK government. Lucy is a leading voice on how technologies are changing the art market and enabling fairer art economies. She is author of the widely referenced Future of the Art Market report (commissioned by Creative United with UCL, DACS, Creative Scotland, Arteia, Somerset House) and curator of the Redefining Value in the Art Market series.
Topics that will be covered:
- How they work - Galleries, Auction Houses, Museums, Art Fairs…
- How galleries, fairs, markets conduct transactions – including fair pay practice, paying artists, staff.
- The Online Art Market
- Art world legal structures
- Contract Law. How contracts are formed.
- Law and fraud/ authenticity.
- The Value of Art – how to value works
- Tax - Direct and Indirect.
- Art Insurance
- Creative/ copyright law/ intellectual property. Artists rights.
- Logistics - Practicalities of moving artwork. Art Handling.
- The future of these Art Markets.
- The history of the art market, the art ecosystem and its key players
- The legal, financial and regulatory frameworks that exist within the art world ecosystem
- The current state of today’s global art industry