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Introduction to the Art Market (Online Short Course)

Introduction to the Art Market (Online Short Course)

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Kirsten Cooke


Join Introduction to the Art Market where you will discuss and assess the value of art through lectures, presentations, virtual visits to institutions and online talks with industry professionals.

It's an exciting opportunity for theoretical investigation into the art market, as well as getting plenty of practical advice on collecting contemporary art.

We'll explore the logic of the art market and what drives this peculiar economy.

We'll also look at strategies for identifying emerging artists and building a unique collection of contemporary art.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Topics covered
  • The Art Market
  • Buying and selling art
  • Talking Prices
  • Practical Advice: Negotiating the Institutions of the Art World
  • Collectors and the public sector
Course outcomes
You'll be able to critically discuss and evaluate art. What's more, you'll have identified your own areas of interest and goals within contemporary art practice and be aware of key artists and movements.

Who should attend
Anyone wishing to learn more about the contemporary art market. Perhaps you are a collector or are considering starting a contemporary art collection? This course could lead you on a career path to curating, arts administration or gallery management.


Tutor Description

Dr Kirsten Cooke is an artist-curator and has co-authored the projects: Material Conjectures, KollActiv and House of Hysteria. This year Cooke completed her PhD in curatorial practice at the University of Reading and she has delivered papers/written texts for projects in London, Paris and LA. Cooke's practice experiments with different forms of staging and deploys architectural environments to choreograph artworks.

Recent exhibitions and projects have been staged at kynastonmcshine (The Old Police Station, London), Beaconsfield (London), Sonce Alexander gallery (LA), and the Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris). In 2016, Cooke has staged the exhibition and performance programme Pressure Chamber: Nematodes at ArtLacuna (London) and will be curating the following exhibitions as part of her co-authored projects: Concrete Plastic in September at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LA) and Abandoned Temporary Treatment Facility in October at Beaconsfield (London). 


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Onsite and offsite course specific materials

Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Notebook and Pen

Available dates