‘My love of art began while I was living in Italy. Surrounded by amazing works, I studied Art and Architecture and realised that I wanted to work within the art world. Christie's was the obvious choice.’
—Glen Hardwick-Bruce, Director of Continuing Education, Christie's London
Experienced and resourceful, Director of Continuing Education at Christie's London, Glen Hardwick-Bruce is responsible for designing and developing the lecture programmes around art history, business, luxury, as well as careers in the art market landscape. After two years of waiting for in-person classes to return, Hardwick-Bruce is beyond excited to be able to take participants around galleries and on city tours again – incremental parts of the courses Christie’s Education offers. Being the hub of Christie's auctions in Europe, King Street draws some of the most beautiful objects and artworks to its sale rooms. Having the opportunity to see museum quality art is intrinsic to learning about looking and developing an eye for art. It also offers participants the chance to hear from specialists and other key roles within art business.
Come November, Christie’s Education will be offering two courses that on their face quite different but ultimately related. The Art Business: up-to-the-minute course will offer the latest information regarding the art market landscape, including what's new in art market research, the key players, 21st-century collecting, philanthropy alongside interesting visits to galleries. Students will become more informed about the latest aspects of the art market; whether they are interested in moving towards an art world career or for their own personal learning.
The Making of a Masterpiece allows participants to get as close as possible to the techniques and methods used by artists to create works across time – starting from the Renaissance up until Impressionism. It will offer an insight into some of the key determinants of value for an artwork. This course will provide a hands-on, experiential opportunity to learn how some of the greatest works of art were created along with lectures that put these techniques and methods into historical context. The most rewarding aspects of both course are the prized and rare access to speakers who are leaders in their fields, the chance to ask questions directly and the opportunity to see the artworks in person.
With oversight of everything at Christie’s Education, it evidently helps that he is first and foremost an art lover. ‘My love of art began while I was living in Italy. Surrounded by amazing works, I studied Art and Architecture and realised that I wanted to work within the art world. Christie's was the obvious choice.’ Such is his passion for art that it has manifested into a desire to share it. ‘The best part of delivering these courses for me is probably seeing the wonder in people's faces after learning new about art or the art world’. Another exciting aspect about these courses is the many varied ways that people take their learning and experience out into the world. The course’s offered at Christie’s Education have a successful track record of connecting people to each other, having been integral to the start of many careers in art. Many have gone on to work in galleries around the world or at Christie's. Some have started the own successful art businesses. Others have started their collecting journeys.
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