Gaining employment in the art and antiques can come through a variety of routes, from taking academic courses, starting out as a saleroom porter or simply starting up a new dealership.  

According to the Art Basel UBS global art market report for 2017, the combined employment in the dealer and auction sectors worldwide is around three million.


Simon de Pury sells his stake and quits auction house

12 January 2013

Simon de Pury, the high-profile international auctioneer, has sold his remaining stake in Phillips de Pury & Company to The Mercury Group and stepped down as chairman.

RICS name new board following mass resignation

08 August 2011

THE Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors have named their new Art & Antiques board following the mass resignation of former members in protest over RICS policy.

RICS name new board following mass resignation

25 July 2011

THE Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors have named their new Art & Antiques board following the mass resignation of former members in protest over RICS policy.

BADA appoint new chairman

25 July 2011

THE British Antique Dealers’ Association council have appointed Jonathan Coulborn as their new chairman.

Dolman quits Christie’s for Qatar role

27 June 2011

CHRISTIE’S chairman Edward Dolman is leaving the company to join the Board of Trustees of the Qatar Museums Authority.

Lowell Libson appointed to export review committee

06 June 2011

ED Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has appointed London art dealer Lowell Libson as a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.

ABA name new leaders

03 May 2011

THE Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) has held its first ever contested election for the posts of president and vice president in its 105-year history.

Stand-off at RICS as board decides to stand down

18 April 2011

The board appointed to represent the interests of arts and antiques members at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors found itself out in the cold last week following a prolonged dispute with the executive body of the organisation.

Lisa King resigns from Christie’s

21 March 2011

CHRISTIE’S chief operating officer, Lisa King, has resigned from the firm after only a year in her new role.

Bonhams aim to raise Contemporary art sales with new appointment

28 February 2011

BONHAMS have appointed Anthony McNerney as head of Contemporary art.

New head of furniture for Bonhams

24 January 2011

BONHAMS have appointed Fergus Lyons as head of furniture.

Agnew’s announce new chairman and new premises

14 December 2009

LONDON art dealers Agnew’s, who were founded in 1817, mark the new year with a new chief executive, new gallery and a new direction.

Shelley steps down as president of ABA

09 November 2009

ALAN Shelley has decided that he can no longer continue as Antiquarian Booksellers Association president owing to illness.

Horwich to lead Bonhams’ picture team

02 November 2009

BONHAMS have appointed Jonathan Horwich as Global Director of Picture Sales, starting on December 1.

Former Sotheby’s specialist to oversee new photo department at Bonhams

21 September 2009

BONHAMS have set up a new department devoted to sales of photography joining Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bloomsbury Auctions in mounting specialist stand-alone sales in London in this field.

New manager for Gloucester Antique Centre

18 September 2009

THE Gloucester Antique Centre has appointed a new general manager.

Dreweatts turn their eye on London with new appointment

10 August 2009

Dreweatts have stepped up their competition for London business by appointing James James-Crook as Director of Business Development, with immediate effect.

New appointments on the BADA Council

20 July 2009

CHANGES to the hierarchy were on the agenda at the AGM of the British Antique Dealers’ Association on July 7, the most important being the appointment of Harrogate picture dealer Ian Walker as the new chairman of the association.

Art Fund name Tate Britain chief as new director

29 June 2009

THE Art Fund have appointed Dr Stephen Deuchar, currently the director of Tate Britain and chairman of the 2009 Turner Prize, as its new director, with effect from January 4 2010.

Silver dealer Shaw to turn auctioneer with Bonhams

22 June 2009

WELL-KNOWN silver dealer Nicholas Shaw is to leave the trade to become the new head of department at Bonhams. Following more than two decades working as a dealer, he begins work as an auctioneer in September.