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Navigating the London Art Scene

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Navigating the London Art Scene

Diving into the exhilarating London art scene, this in-person course offers exclusive insights into the operations of today’s art world by exploring one of Europe’s art capitals.

This course for established and aspiring art world professionals alike takes participants into the dynamic cultural hub of London to discover the infrastructures that produce, display, and sell contemporary art. London’s historic and continuing importance for key players in the art market provides the ideal backdrop for exploring the links between art, business, and the international art market. Lectures and site visits will introduce participants to recent trends in art and key themes and concepts of contemporary art to understand how they influence the art being created today.

For those exploring career options in the vibrant art scene or considering a career change, as well as established professionals aiming to consolidate their knowledge, this course offers invaluable insights into the numerous professional paths available in the global art world by providing in-depth exposure to exclusive small-group conversations with professionals from both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors including artists, art dealers, curators, art fair managers, gallery owners, auction specialists and marketing professionals.

Deadline to Register: May 27

  • Price
    Early Booking Rate
    if registered by March 20, 2024.
  • Register
  • Date
    Summer | June 10 - 14
  • Time
    10am – 4pm GMT
  • Duration
    5 Days
  • Location
  • Topics
    • Art Business,
    • Collecting,
    • Contemporary Art,
    • Specializations & Skills
  • Language
  • Contact Admissions

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key players in London’s contemporary art scene, from artists and curators to dealers and auction house specialists.

  • Understand the variety of career trajectories within the art world and what it means to be an art world professional, as explained by leading experts in the field.

  • Navigate confidently the contemporary art landscape in London by exploring venues and neighborhoods of contemporary art activity.

  • Become familiar with some of the most important and critically acclaimed artists and recent trends in contemporary art.


Ed Leeson

Course Leader, London

Ed Leeson is a UK based gallerist and curator. He has organised exhibitions internationally in both commercial and institutional spaces. Over the last decade he has been a staff lecturer at TATE and a course leader at Sotheby’s Institute of Art where he lectures on contemporary art, its markets, and wider cultural studies. His MA thesis focussed on identity capture in museum cyberspace, and his current PhD research is on the aesthetics of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is the Director of 243 Luz.

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  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Key Players in the London Art World
    • Gallery Operations for Primary and Secondary Markets
    • Challenges and Opportunities for Museums in the 21st Century
    • Collection Building and Acquisition of Contemporary Art
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    Course participants take away in-depth and valuable insight into the current and future art world. Those who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art course participants come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. As they study, travel, and explore the art world alongside each other throughout the program, fierce and long-lasting collaborations are frequently born. Individuals who complete these courses join our network of over 8,000 past participants around the globe who hold top positions at renowned art organizations.

  • Requirements


    English Language Requirement
    Course participants should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. It is recommended that participants have the equivalent level of IELTS score of 6.0 /TOEFL score of 78 IBT, however evidence of test scores is not required to register.

    Age Requirement
    Courses are open to participants 18 years of age or older, however, we prefer that students have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience to be able to properly engage in the course.

    For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.