Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market

People

The Centre is an interdisciplinary forum for collaborations and conversations across the ‘spaces’ of the art and antiques market, and 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 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 & etc (Leeds)

Centre Director: Dr Mark Westgarth

Mark Westgarth is lecturer 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 Board Member and Newsletter Editor for the Museums and Galleries History Group and sits on the advisory board for 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.

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

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

Colnaghi

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