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Introduction to the Art Market

Introduction to the Art Market

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Kirsten Cooke


Join Introduction the Art Market where you will discuss and assess the value of art with dealers, curators and artists through visits to galleries and access to corporate and public collections and consultancies.

It's an exciting opportunity for theoretical investigation in 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.

Topics Covered

  • The Art Market
  • Visit to Tate Britain
  • Buying and selling art
  • Talking Prices
  • Visit to the Contemporary Art Society
  • Practical Advice: Negotiating the Institutions of the Art World
  • External Visit 
  • 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.

Course Level

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). 


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

  • Notebook and Pen

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.