Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market


In this section:

Research Projects

The Centre facilitates a broad range of research into the art and antiques market. We are consistently seeking the development of new and innovative research initiatives and are especially interested in the intersections between academia and the art market professionals.

Amongst our recent art market research projects and events we have focused on the relationships between private collecting and public art museums (our conference ‘Private Collecting & Public Display – March 2017); and on the ways in which ‘value’ is created, maintained and policed within the contemporary art market (our research seminar in October 2017). Future events and research projects are in development.

One of the key research projects at present is the on-going AHRC funded project ‘Antique Dealers: the British Antique Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography’ : this was externally funded by the AHRC during 2013-2016, but has continued to develop with University of Leeds support.

Project website: antiquedealers.leeds.ac.uk
Project Blog: antiquedealersblog.wordpress.com
Research database: antiquetrade.leeds.ac.uk
Twitter feed: twitter.com/AntiqueDealersA

Centre Talks and Workshops

The Centre is host to the ‘Perspectives on the Art Market’ series of talks, which have been going since 2009 – for information on forthcoming talks as part of this series please see ‘News’ section.

If you would like to be involved in art and antique market related projects, or have a project that you would like to develop and/or promote, please email us: csaa@leeds.ac.uk

UGRLS Project

Undergraduate Research & Leadership Scholarships

In 2017 the Arts, Humanities and Cultures offered six undergraduate research and leadership scholarships (UGRLs) which were generously funded by alumni to enable students to develop their research and leadership capabilities by participating in established academic research projects as preparation for future research and leadership roles in further study or employment.

Olivia Powell  (Laidlaw Scholar)

Liv Powell is a BA (Hons) International History and Politics student at the University of Leeds. Her studies focus on twentieth century political history, including but not limited to, the development of the USSR, international relations during the interwar period, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.


Liv is our Laidlaw Scholar working with us for the next 2 years, for 6 weeks each summer, on UGRLS project ‘Object Trajectories – Archives, Objects, Museums in the Phillips of Hitchin & Roger Warner archives’.  The project was of special interest to Liv as her historical interests include the life-story and heritage of objects. The antique dealer market seemed particularly interesting due to the increasing popularity of antiques, and this was an area which she had not previously studied before. The project also offered the opportunity to gain training in the cleaning and conservation of archives, which is not available through her degree programme.

You can follow Liv’s progress on the ‘Object Trajectories’ project, via the Antique Dealer Project blog, and Liv’s own Blog at:




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