Research

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.

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

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, and again in 2019-2022, and has also 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.

We have also developed an open call for informal research discussion groups through a theme called ‘Contemporary & Historic Issues in the Art Market’.  ‘Contemporary & Historic Issues’ alternately considers the issues and questions raised by events and issues discussed in the context of the current, and historic, art market. These are responsive workshops, focused on art market news in the media.

Image – ArtNews.com

Previous ‘Contemporary & Historic Issues’ events is this theme have been: ‘Museums and the Market: Deaccessioning in the Covid-19 and post-Covid world’; ‘The Elephant in the Room – Ivory and Endangered Species and the Art Market’; ‘The Dematerialsation of Art and the Rematerialsation of Value’; and 2 events focused on an ‘autopsy’ of the auction sale of the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci.

 

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