Introduction to collecting art

Course Dates: 12/11/20 - 10/12/20
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
Charles Chambers

Everything you wanted to know about collecting contemporary art but were afraid to ask. Discover how and where to buy art in today’s marketplace and get to know your lithographs from your etchings, auctions from online, and commission from conservation.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

The contemporary art market is booming, even ebay and Amazon are getting in on the act. No longer only the preserve of the wealthy, collecting has become affordable. People who once bought mass production prints from a department store are now buying originals.
Are you interested in buying but have been intimidated by galleries and are nervous of online purchasing? Perhaps you have thought about starting a collection but you’re put off by jargon and are wary of the pitfalls?
Collectors overwhelmingly favour contemporary art (82 percent). Only 12 percent purchase antique art. 39 percent go for modern and Impressionist works, followed by 19th century art. One reason for this is certainly cost: contemporary art can be purchased at many different entry points in the market.
This course is about gaining the confidence to make the first steps as a collector – taught by an enthusiastic collector who understands both media and market.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Understanding media: what is the difference between a limited edition lithograph and photolithography, what is photogravure. Know your woodcuts from your laser cuts, your silkscreens from your inkjets.
Buying online (buying unseen with confidence)
Buying direct from artists and open studios (when possible once more)
Buying from galleries (assessing value/making an offer)
Primary and secondary markets
Commissioning from an artist
Buying from auction houses (Buyers premium and commission)
Making a collection (themes and styles)
Creating a hanging plan/judging scale
Maintaining/conserving a collection

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Converse about art media and production methods using some of the artworld 'jargon'
• Know where to look and where to go to enagage with the current contemporary art marketplace
• Build enough knowledge to make a purchase/start a collection
• Know how to care for your purchase(s).

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You do not need any particular skills to undertake this course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Online discussion and digital ‘hand outs’. The course will aim to draw out and develop students personal interests whilst at the same time introducing new ideas.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please have a notebook and pens/pencils.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The course could feed into other art and design related courses.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VH686

Please choose a course date 

Thu, eve, 12 Nov - 10 Dec '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £50.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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