Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market

About the Centre

The Centre for the Study for the Art and Antiques Market at the University of Leeds is the first research centre with a specific focus on the study of the history of the trade in art and antiques. Read more…


Inaugural Conference ‘Private Collecting and Public Display: Art Markets and Museums’

Frederick MacKenzie, The National Gallery when at Mr J.J. Angerstein's House, Pall Mall, 1824-34, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Conference Dates: 30 - 31 March, 2017

This two-day conference hosted under the Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market investigated the relationships between ‘private’ collections of art (fine art, decorative art and antiquities), and the changing dynamics of their display in ‘public’ exhibitions and museums.

We were delighted to present Dr. Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) at the National Gallery, London as our keynote speaker.

The Centre's PGR subcommittee responsible for organising the conference included Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, Anna Reeve, Shir Kochavi and Heather Findling.

For a detailed summary of the conference roundtable, please click on the following link

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Research Interests

The Centre is a research hub for interdisciplinary study of the markets for art and antiques.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Centre is reflected by a ‘community of interests’, and includes academics (from various schools and faculties at the University of Leeds, as well as other universities and institutions); students (UG, TPG and PGR); archivists, museum professionals and art and antique market professionals.


Workshop – Tools for the Future: researching art market practices from past to present

Call for Papers - 'Tools for the Future: researching art market practices from past to present' - an international workshop organised by HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, University Paul Valery, Montpellier, IESA, Paris and IHS, London.  

‘A Deal with the Devil?’ Exploring the relationships between museums and the art trade’

As part of a series of events surrounding the Masterpiece art, antiques and design fair in London in late June, there's a very interesting and timely public debate on the relationships between museums and the art trade on SATURDAY 30th June in London.  The topic is something very close to the heart of research we are all doing at the Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market. The symposium is FREE but you need to book a place - see attached Flyer for information on the event and how to book Masterpiece Symposium 2018

The Substance of Symbolic Value – at Henry Moore Institute

The Substance of Symbolic Value: Museums, Collections, & the Appearance of Value in Art A day of discussion with Nizan Shaked (California State University Long Beach), hosted by the Centre for Critical Materialist Studies in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of the Arts and Antiques Markets (University of Leeds). **Please register via Eventbrite**: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-substance-of-symbolic-value-museums-collections-the-appearance-of-value-in-art-tickets-43713792129 *Scroll down for link to readings* In the morning, Nizan... will give the following lecture: ‘The Substance of Symbolic Value: Museums, Collections, and the Appearance of Value in Art’

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship

We are very pleased to announce a new fully funded AHRC CDP PhD studentship - applications are NOW OPEN. A Great Commerce in Curious Paintings: the role and practices of art dealers and agents in the reception and re-evaluation of pre-1500 European paintings in Britain 1800-1865 AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Studentship in collaboration with The Bowes Museum, The National Gallery, London and the University of Leeds. The School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, The Bowes Museum and the National Gallery are pleased to announce a funded studentship for doctoral research, awarded under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. [caption id="attachment_222" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Bowes Museum picture galleries, c.1900. Image courtesy of The Bowes Museum.[/caption]
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