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Navigating Careers in the Art World

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Navigating Careers in the Art World

To an outsider looking in, the art world can come across as a small, exclusive club that only allows VIP access.

Finding a job in this world becomes a job within itself, and this is even more relevant when it comes to the art industry.  This course will set participants on the path to success in deciding if an art world career is right for them and will demonstrate how to take securing a job in this world to the next level.  Instructed by the founder of a high-profile art recruitment agency, this course navigates the path of finding a career in the art world from start to finish. Course participants will receive a crash course on resume and cover letter writing, job interview tips, and networking importance—the very first things to focus on in order to achieve your dream role. This short program will also provide an overview of careers in all sectors of the art industry including the various roles within a commercial art gallery—with a focus on those that have become in demand since the start of the pandemic; the most important functions within an international auction house; working as a curator, a collection manager and roles in the public sector. A session on roles in the art and technology field will include an examination of the importance of the blockchain and NFT’s and any of the auxiliary businesses that cater to the art world such as art lawyers, shipping companies, storage facilities, and fabricators will close out the course. Guest speakers from the different areas of the art industry will share their professional journey and offer tips and advice based on their experience navigating this complex ecosystem. The course concludes with a short project for students to apply their newfound knowledge.

  • Price
    Early Booking Rate
    if registered by June 7
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  • Date
    July 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
  • Time
    6 PM GMT / 1 PM EST
  • Duration
    2 Weeks
  • Type
    Live Course
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Lacey West

Faculty, Online

Having completed a BA in Art History at the University of Texas in Austin and a MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, American-born Lacey West then spent five years managing commercial galleries in London, including a small Contemporary gallery in Notting Hill as well as a large Modern Art gallery in Mayfair. In 2010, she set up Lacey West Art International (LWAI) to offer a professional recruitment service to employees and employers in the global art community.

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  • About Live Courses

    About Live Courses

    This live online course is delivered with live-streamed lectures featuring group discussion and Q&A. All live sessions are also recorded and available on the course platform typically within 24-48 hours for participants unable to attend the posted times. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have access to the recordings for an additional 30 days after the final course lecture.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    How to:

    • Navigate their own career path in the art world with the goal of obtaining their dream role.
    • Draft a professional resume and cover letter for an art world position.
    • Know where to locate open art world positions and find art world resources.
    • Identify the different positions in the field of galleries, auction houses and non-profit institutions
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as TBD IACET Continuing Education Units. *

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.

    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.