Gaining employment in the art and antiques can come through a variety of routes, from taking academic courses, starting out as a saleroom porter or simply starting up a new dealership.  

According to the Art Basel UBS global art market report for 2017, the combined employment in the dealer and auction sectors worldwide is around three million.


Handbags at dawn: Dispute between Christie’s and Heritage Auctions over three handbag specialists heads to US court

23 February 2018

A dispute between Dallas-based Heritage Auctions and Christie’s over the employment of Matthew Rubinger and two colleagues is heading to a US court.


TEFAF shakes up board with new appointments as Ben Janssens and James Roundell step down

23 January 2018

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF), the organisation behind the TEFAF Maastricht and TEFAF New York fairs, has restructured its board of trustees and its executive committee.


New editions at Forum Auctions

13 November 2017

Forum Auctions has expanded its modern and contemporary prints and editions department with two new appointments.

Adrian Hailwood

Hailwood joins Woolley & Wallis as watch expert to boost firm's coverage of 'increasingly important' market

01 November 2017

Adrian Hailwood, former director at Fellows responsible for watches, has joined Woolley & Wallis as wristwatch specialist in the firm’s jewellery department.

West Dean

West Dean College bolsters conservation expertise with new appointments

10 October 2017

West Dean College, a centre for conservation and creative arts, has appointed two new subject leaders in clocks and metalwork.


Colnaghi hires Metropolitan Museum of Art curator to run new Manhattan gallery

27 September 2017

Old master dealership Colnaghi is to open a gallery in New York and will expand into ancient art with the hiring of a new director from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Preston Benson

Kensington’s Cromwell Place gallery hub hires managing director to lead project

17 August 2017

The proposed Kensington gallery hub of Cromwell Place has hired a managing director to lead the project and attract tenants.

Giovanna Bertazzoni

Two appointed to co-chairman position in Christie's impressionist and modern art department

18 July 2017

Giovanna Bertazzoni and Adrien Meyer have been appointed co-chairmen of the auctioneer’s impressionist and modern art departments.


Art consultant appointed TEFAF chairman

11 July 2017

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has appointed Nanne Dekking as chairman who succeeds Willem van Roijen.


New appointment to help Phillips develop the ‘strongest contemporary department in the business’

11 July 2017

Jean-Paul Engelen of Phillips has been appointed deputy chairman, Americas.

Merryn Schriever

Bonhams promotes Merryn Schriever to lead Australia after chairman departs

23 June 2017

Bonhams has promoted Merryn Schriever to become the company’s director in Australia, following the departure of chairman Mark Fraser.

Jan Prasens

Sotheby’s promotes finance division boss Jan Prasens to managing director of Europe

19 June 2017

Sotheby’s has promoted Jan Prasens to managing director of its Europe division.

Lord De Mauley

Former environment minister Lord de Mauley to join LAPADA as chairman

17 May 2017

Conservative peer and former environment minister Lord de Mauley is to become chairman of LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers.

Margaret Schwartz

Sotheby’s shapes global sculpture department with promotions

05 May 2017

Sotheby’s has bolstered its sculpture department by promoting Alexander Kader and Margaret Schwartz.

Marc Porter

Christie’s tempts Marc Porter back from Sotheby’s

19 April 2017

Christie’s has wooed back its former US president only months after he joined rival Sotheby’s.

Lilly Chan

Phillips swoops on Christie’s Asian art expert to run its Asia business from Hong Kong

18 April 2017

Phillips has hired Christie’s Lilly Chan to become managing director of its Asia business.

Christie’s Dirk Boll

Christie’s promotes Dirk Boll as EMERI president

07 February 2017

Christie’s has promoted Dirk Boll to president of its Europe, Middle East, Russia and India division, reporting directly into chief executive Guillaume Cerutti.

Bendor Grosvenor

Dealer Bendor Grosvenor joins the board of Scottish auction firm Lyon & Turnbull

25 January 2017

Edinburgh auctioneer Lyon & Turnbull has hired art historian and dealer Bendor Grosvenor as a non-executive director.

Ingrid Nilson

New director announced in relaunch of historic Harrogate antiques fair

19 January 2017

Ingrid Nilson of Antiques Dealer Fairs Limited (ADFL) has been appointed director of the long-standing Harrogate Antique and Fine Art Fair.

Marc Porter

Christie’s former Americas boss Marc Porter begins job at rival Sotheby’s

13 January 2017

Christie’s former US president Marc Porter will begin his new role at rival Sotheby’s next week.