Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market


The Centre is an interdisciplinary forum for collaborations and conversations across the ‘spaces’ of the art and antiques market. The people involved in CSAAM include academics from University of Leeds, as well as academic colleagues from a wide range of external universities and research centres, together with museum professionals, archivists, and art and antiques market professionals.

The Director of the Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market is Dr Mark Westgarth

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Academics (Leeds)

Centre Director: Dr Mark Westgarth

Mark Westgarth is Associate Professor in Art History and Museum Studies and Programme Director for the BA Art History with Museum Studies at the University of Leeds.

His research interests include the history and theory of museums and galleries, the histories of the art market, and more especially the agency and the social and cultural identity of the art and antiques dealer in the 19th and 20th centuries. His PhD thesis, also funded by the AHRC, investigated the significance of the antique and curiosity dealer in the opening decades of the 19th century. His publications include, The Emergence of the Antique and Curiosity Dealer in Britain 1815-1850: the commodification of historical objects (Ashgate, 2018); A Biographical Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Antique and Curiosity Dealers (Regional Furniture Society, 2009; republished 2012); ‘Florid-Looking speculators on art and virtue: the London picture trade c.1850′ in Pamela Fletcher and Anne Helmreich (eds.), The Rise of the London Art Market 1850-1939 (MUP, 2011).

Mark is a member of the Advisory Board for the Bloomsbury Series ‘Contextualisng Art Markets’ and is on the Editorial Board of the Colnaghi Journal; he also sits on the advisory board for the Society of the History of Collecting and the Burlington Magazine Index Project. He is Chair of The Leeds Art Fund.

Professor David Jackson

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

David’s primary research interests reside in the socio-political interventions of realist and naturalist art in the formation of national identities in the Russian and Nordic nations, with specific expertise in exhibition curatorship and wider public dissemination of research in the museum/gallery domain. He has a particular interest in the art market for Russian works of art in the 20th century.

Dr Gail Day

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Gail’s research interests are in the theories, methodologies and historiographies of modern and contemporary art, photography and architecture. In terms of the art market Gail has particular interests in the intersections of the art market with aesthetics and politics. Her work on capitalism and on value theory, on commodity, reification, social process and abstraction with cultural and aesthetic theory analysis, bring key interdisciplinary perspectives to the research culture in the CSAAM.

Dr Will Rea

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Will’s research is focussed on the art history of West Africa and African more generally, both in terms of the classical traditions and the visual response to modernity. He works on the interface between art history and anthropology and has a keen interest in material culture. He has recently been working on the visual forms established by varied economic formulations as part of an ongoing interest in the nature of the object and material culture. He is particularly interested in the history of the African art market, and its continued development in the 21st century.

Nick Thurston

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Nick’s research focuses on the production, distribution and criticism of extra-literary forms of writing in relation to the field of contemporary art and the disciplinary formation of Fine Art. Up-to-date news about recent and current projects can be found on his website, www.nickthurston.info In early 2015, the Electronic Poetry Center (University of Buffalo and University of Pennsylvania) made the most comprehensive sample archive of his poems, short writings, interviews and book extracts (2006-2014) yet compiled digitally available for free. Nick is interested in the relationships between contemporary curatorial practices and the contemporary art market.

Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk

School of History

Professor Blaszczyk does research on the cultural history of business, with reference to design, fashion, colour, retailing, and advertising. Her work connects the history of the creative industries to big historical themes such as globalization, material life and social identity, and consumer culture. She also writes about connections between the chemical industry and the creative sector, and about the history of technology.

Dr Ben Walmsley

School of Performance & Cultural Industries

Dr Ben Walmsley is Associate Professor in Audience Engagement in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds (UK), where he lectures and researches in areas related to audience engagement, arts management, arts marketing, cultural value and cultural policy. Prior to his academic career, he managed a small touring theatre company before working as a Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland.

Ben is an Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England (ACE) and recently evaluated the national Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme. He recently worked as Co-Investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project to explore cultural value as a complex system and as Principle Investigator on Respond – a collaborative project with Yorkshire Dance funded by Nesta, AHRC and ACE to develop, test and evaluate the impact of a responsive online platform designed to broaden and deepen audience engagement with contemporary dance. Ben is currently writing a research monograph on audience engagement which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

Joanne Fitton

Head of Collections, The Brotherton Library Special Collections

Joanne is Head of Special Collections at the Brotherton Library (BLSC). The BLSC takes care of the rich series of collections of antique dealer archives.  Joanne is a highly experienced archivist, and sits on a number of archives advisory panels.

Academics (external)

Dr Eleanor Quince

School of History, University of Southampton

Professor Helen Rees Leahy

Professor of Museology, University of Manchester

Dr Barbara Lasic

Professor of Art History, University of Buckingham

Jeremy Howard

Head of the Department of Art History, University of Buckingham

Museum Professionals

Dr Susanna Avery-Quash

Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting), The National Gallery, London

Bryony Bond

Creative Director, The Tetley, Leeds

Prior to joining the Tetley in January 2016, Bryony was Exhibitions Curator at the Whitworth, Manchester, where she co-curated major group exhibitions such as We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today, solo exhibitions including Bedwyr Williams and Callum Innes, and collaborations with Artangel and Siobhan Davies Dance. In 2013 she was seconded to Manchester International Festival to produce a 65 hour durational performance by Nikhil Chopra. She has also advised National Museums Scotland on a strategy for working with contemporary art and previously worked at Camden Arts Centre, London and A Foundation, Liverpool.

Christopher Wilk

Keeper of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London 

Dr Jane Whittaker

Head of Collections, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

James Lomax

Emeritus Curator, Temple Newsam House, Leeds

Art Market Professionals

Martin Levy

H. Blairman & Sons

Jerome Phillips

Phillips of Hitchin

Christian Jussel

Formerly, Vernay & Jussel

Jeremy Howard


PhD Researchers

The Centre is home to a growing number of PhD research students working on art market-related subjects.  We currently have 7 PhD students, listed below with their respective projects.  If you would like to join this growing research culture and have a potential PhD research project on the art market, please do email the Centre Director, Dr Mark Westgarth m.w.westgarth@leeds.ac.uk.

Lucy West – PGR Officer for the Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market

‘A Great Commerce in Curious Paintings: the role and practices of art agents and dealers in the reception and re-evaluation of ‘Old Master’ paintings in Britian 1800-1850′ Lucy is researching the market for so-called ‘primitive’ paintings in the early nineteeth century.  Lucy is an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership student working with the Bowes Museum/National Gallery.

Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth

‘Sevresmania – the collecting of ceramics in Britain in the 19th century’ – Caroline is researching the collecting of Sevres porcelain in Britain from the opening decades of the 19th century until the early 20th century. Focusing on some significant collectors of ceramics, such as the Earl of Harewood, Lord Dudley and Lady Charlotte Schrieber, her research seeks to investigate the market for ‘decorative art’ in the 19th century.

Heather Findling

Shaping A Postwar Identity in Vienna, Austria from 1945-1980: Private Collections and their Legacies’ – Heather is researching the cultural atmosphere of postwar Vienna, Austria and the private collectors of modern art and Judaica who began collecting in Vienna during this time. Her research aims to investigate their contribution to the city’s cultural identity, and how such collections have become celebrated and valued in Vienna’s museums today.

Shir Kochavi – Update, July 2017 – Congratulations to Dr Kochavi…the first of our PhDs in the CSAAM

The allocation of Jewish cultural property from Europe in Post-World War II’ – Shir was researching the objects handled by the American Allied Forces in Central Collecting Points across Germany after WWII and the policies that lead to the re-distribution of Jewish ritual objects, paintings and fine art which often belonged to Jewish middle-class families in Germany.

Anna Reeve

The Art of Ancient Cyprus: networks, communities, collectors 1870-2004′ –  Anna is  researching the collecting of ancient Cypriot artefacts in the communities of Leeds in the long 20th century.

Simon Spier – Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market

Creating the Bowes: public collecting, private philanthropy and the art market in public art museums in Britain and France 1830-1900′ –  Simon is an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD student, working with The Bowes Museum, The National Gallery and University of Leeds.

Colette Siddiqui

The historiography of coin and medal collecting in the early 19th century: Henry Wellesley’s medals’ –  Colette is researching the cultural context for coin and medal collecting and the networks and practices of collectors and dealers in the period 1790-1850, with a specific focus on the collector Henry Wellesley.

Graham Panico

Socio-cultural shifts in the British Antiques Trade 1985-2016: a cultural creative industry in a changing Global context’–  Graham’s research uses enthnographical and auto-enthnographical approaches to investigate the changing landscape of the trade in antiques in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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