The Global Contemporary Art Market, How Does it Work?

WKSC 201, Beirut campus

The Department of Art & Design is hosting a lecture titled: “The Global Contemporary Art Market: How Does it Work?” by Sarah Thelwall.

This lecture will review the basic structures by which the art market operates and will discuss how these are adapted to suit the needs of the Middle East and Levant. Attendees will gain an understanding of the ways in which the sector operates and can consider how they might interact with it as artists, curators, collectors, and gallerists.

Sarah Thelwall is a global expert on the structures by which the contemporary art market works, from the way artists develop their careers to the patterns in collector development. She is based in London where her clients include Sotheby’s Institute and Arts Council England. Thelwall and her team developed an M.A. in the History and Business of the Contemporary Art Market for IESA in Paris. Partners for this course have included Liverpool John Moores University, University of Warwick, Whitechapel Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, White Cube Gallery, and the Minister of Culture (France) to name but a few. She was a consultant to Frieze during the start up of Frieze Art Fair and has also consulted to more retail oriented fairs, such as the Affordable Art Fair and the Accessible Art Fair.