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This course examines the unique topic of art-related crime in its various forms and its implications for the international art market. As a multi-billion pound industry, criminal activity relating to art might assume a wide range of forms through the deception achieved with the creation of fakes and forgeries, the crimes of theft and towards the more subtle networks engaged in looting antiquities and money laundering. As a threat to our collective cultural identity, the subject of art crime demands a concerted investigation to understand its preconditions, processes and consequences and the varied challenges it presents to our cultural and commercial institutions; all of which will be analyzed in depth throughout this summer program.
The first week of the course examines the broader context of the art crime by identifying and defining the range of illegal activities that have an impact upon the international art world. By approaching the topic from a theoretical and practical perspective, case studies and group visits will be used to explore a range of subjects that contribute to our understanding of art crime. The second week examines a range of approaches for both confronting and responding to art crime, by identifying the challenges and opportunities that emerge in response to these processes. The curriculum explores a variety of legal, ethical, political, economic and technological approaches to challenging the networks that contribute to art crime, and considers the future efficacy of these measures within a dynamic and evolving industry.

Lectures and group discussions will be led by professionals with expertise within the various fields of art crime, and classroom sessions will be complemented by a range of study visits to museums and galleries.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    2-week session: 26th June - 6th July, 2018.
    4-week session: 26th June- 20th July 2018
  • Faculty


    David Bellingham
    Lis Bogdan
    Tom Christopherson
    Gareth Fletcher


    Guest Lecturers have included:
    Richard Aronowitz, European Head of Restitution, Director, Sotheby’s London
    Valeria Ciocan, Technical Manager, SGS Art Services
    Charles Hill, Independent Security Advisor and Art Crime Researcher
    Renata Kaminker, Inspection & Administrative Coordinator, SGS Art Services UK
    Ariane Moser, Chief Operating Officer, Artive Inc.
    St John Simpson, Assistant Keeper, Ancient Iran and Arabia, Middle East Department, The British Museum
    Vernon Rapley, Director of Cultural Heritage Protection & Security, Victoria & Albert Museum
    James Ratcliffe, Director of Recoveries & General Counsel at the Art Loss Register
  • Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics:

    • Art Crime within the International Art Market

    • Art Theft

    • Deception within the Art Market: Fakes, Forgeries

    • Authenticity and the Object

    • Looting, Plunder and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

    • Archaeology and the market for Antiquities

    • Restitution and Cultural Repatriation

    • Legal Perspectives

    • Technology and Emerging Approaches

    • The Due Diligence Process

    • Provenance Research

    Suggested Reading:

    Amore, Anthony M., The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

    Bazley, Tom, Crimes of the Art World, Praeger, 2010

    Chappell, Duncan and Saskia Hufnagel (eds), Contemporary Perspectives on the Detection, Investigation, and Prosecution of Art Crime: Australasian, European and North American Perspectives, Routledge, 2014
  • Academic Credits And Assessment

    Academic Credits And Assessment

    Academic Credits
    Four-week summer courses are validated by The University of Manchester. Students completing one full-time Summer Study course are awarded 20 University of Manchester undergraduate credits. The two-week course is taken on a non-for-credit basis.

    Students taking the four-week courses are assessed by an Oral Presentation and a Due Dilligence Research Project. These are intended not only to assist students in their understanding of the subject matter of the course but also in developing a range of skills useful for work in the art world.
  • Study Visits

    Study Visits

    Visits may include:

    • Victoria & Albert Museum

    • John Soane Museum

    • The British Museum

    • Tate Britain

    • Tate Modern

    • The National Gallery

    • The British Library

    • National Art Library

    • Imperial War Museum

    • The Witt Library

    • Oxford Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art

    • Sotheby’s Auction House

  • Course Fees And Application

    Course Fees And Application

    £1,700 for one 2-week course
    £2,950 for one 4-week course
    £4,900 for two 4-week courses

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    Contact And Request Information

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    Samantha Roberts-Aird, Admissions Officer
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    Tel: +44 (0)20 7462 3251

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