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.


Viney takes over the helm at SOFAA

22 June 2009

CLIVE Stewart-Lockhart of Dreweatts handed over the chairmanship of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers to Paul Viney of Woolley & Wallis at the Society’s biennial dinner at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London last week.


Butcher leaves Salisbury for Crewkerne

20 April 2009

AFTER nine years in Salisbury, silver specialist Alex Butcher is to leave Woolley & Wallis to join Lawrences of Crewkerne.

Mallett focus on cost control as chief executive departs

06 February 2009

BOND Street dealership Mallett have replaced chief executive Lanto Synge in the wake of the company’s weakening performance and rising costs.

New course for fine art career hopefuls

20 October 2008

Help is at hand for well-heeled jobseekers intent on gaining an entry into the art world. Sophie Macpherson Fine Art Recruitment and Consultancy, together with Virginia Sykes-Wright, project director of Asian Art in London, have developed a new Fine Art Careers Course designed to help people break into a highly competitive employment marketplace.


Shock resignation of Winter Olympia fair manager

03 December 2007

EXHIBITORS and observers were shocked when Stephanie Dieckvoss, show manager of the Winter Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair, left Clarion Events, the show’s owners, just five days after the fair closed on November 18.


LAPADA appoint former Olympia executive to run their London fair

19 November 2007

LAPADA have appointed Emma Kendrick-White, to be fair organiser for their London showcase Objects of Desire: The LAPADA London Fair, the third of which will be held at the Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens from May 8 to 11 next year.


Edinburgh auctioneers look to the future

19 November 2007

Bonhams have announced the appointment of a new managing director of Scotland and confirmed that new premises have been found in Edinburgh.


Toovey cedes RICS chair, as he turns to the church

22 October 2007

RUPERT Toovey is standing down as chairman of the RICS Art and Antiques faculty in order to train as a worker priest in the Church of England.

Bonhams promote Girling to be chief across all of Europe

08 October 2007

Bonhams have announced a series of senior management changes for their European operations. They include the appointment of former deputy chairman Matthew Girling in the new role of Bonhams CEO Europe.

Bonhams hire rival’s top car specialists

07 September 2007

Bonhams, who have recently taken on a number of staff from Sotheby’s, have announced that Christie’s two most senior motoring directors and one of its motoring consultants will join their car department on November 1.

Judith Miller returns

13 August 2007

JUDITH Miller, the face of the most successful antiques book publishing operation, is returning to the publishers where she started out in 1979.

Sotheby’s specialists move to Bonhams

13 August 2007

Bonhams have announced a major strengthening and enlargement of the ceramics department at their New Bond Street rooms with the immediate appointment of two former Sotheby’s specialists.

Bonhams welcome Sotheby’s Japanese specialists

02 July 2007

Bonhams are to take advantage of Sotheby’s decision to end Japanese sales by recruiting their top specialist and consultant.


Lyman heads Palm Beach

29 May 2007

CHICAGO-based art event promoter Mark Lyman has been appointed vice president of International Fine Arts Expositions (IFAE) by owner dmg world media. IFAE’s American flagship event is The Palm Beach Fair and Palmbeach Contemporary Art Fair.

Now Sotheby’s join the Moscow throng

29 May 2007

Sotheby’s have opened an office in Moscow and appointed Mikhail Kamensky, a former director and presidential advisor to the Bank of Moscow, as managing director.

Le Fur quits ArtCurial

02 April 2007

Founding partner Rémy Le Fur has left ArtCurial, where he was in charge of sales of furniture and objets d’art, and notably secured the prestigious Rossignol Collection, the most important furniture sale in Paris during the 2005-06 season.

Spink chief joins Dreweatt Neate group

14 December 2005

PAUL Barthaud, who has just stepped down as executive director of Spink, is the new chief operating officer for the Fine Art Auction Group.

Changing the silver linings

10 August 2005

Personnel changes are afoot in the silver departments of two of London’s major auction houses.

The Contemporary face of LAPADA

31 May 2005

LAPADA have appointed Rebecca Hossack of London’s Rebecca Hossack Gallery (RHG) as a director. The Australian-born dealer in Contemporary pictures, sculpture, jewellery and decorative arts is the first Contemporary specialist to join the association’s board.

New rooms open in Watlington as Simmons bow out

31 May 2005

Following the decision of Thames Valley estate agents Simmons and Son to concentrate upon their core business, a new firm of fine art auctioneers and valuers has been established in Watlington.