The Global Art World

Jun 12. 2022 - Jun 16. 2022

Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall


Jun 12. 2022 -Jun 16. 2022

Register Date

Apr 10. 2022 - May 22 2022


Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall

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The art market is a complex world to navigate, how does art and its components fit into this eco-system?

Language: English 

Demystify the complexities of the art world. "The Global Art World" is an intensive introduction to the Art World, led by art historian, curator, author, and journalist Viv Lawes who has over 25 years of experience in the art market.

Learn how the art market ecology and its components fit together. The course will cover sectors such as state and private museums, galleries and foundations set alongside the commercial market. It will survey the phenomenon of biennials, triennials, and documenta-style platforms alongside art fairs as the increasingly primary means of circulation and consumption of art in the 21st century.

Digital art is contextualized within more traditional media, while the concept of materiality is considered as a current form of theoretical positioning and curatorial strategy. The course will culminate by exploring how security and logistics are a significant issue in the increasingly visible and culturally powerful art world.  

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the Global Art Market
  • Art market models and technology 
  • The role of tastemakers
  • Establishing value
  • Logistics and security 


This course is done in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Who’s it for?

This course is ideal for people who are interested in the art world, creative industries, and connected sectors. 

Course Leaders

Useful Information

This course will take place over five days starting from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Day One 

  • Art Market Eco-systems: roles and relationships in the Art World

           Led by Viv Lawes

Day Two 

  • Collaboration and the Hybrid Model of the Saudi Arabian Art Market 

           Led by Roxane Zand 

  • The Art Market Online: Technology and Art Digital Platforms 

           Led by Scott Phillips

  • Digital Saudi Art and its Markets 

           Led by Bandar Alwazzan

Day Three 

  • Middle Eastern Art of the 20th century to contemporary

           Led by Suheyla Takesh

  • Incubators and enabling platforms for Artists

           Led by Daniah Alsaleh

  • Foundations and the Art Market

           Led by Sultan AlQassemi

Day Four 

  • Museum Audience Research and Engagement – Knowing and Preparing for an Unknown Audience; Saadiyat Island museums: A Case Study

           Led by Amy Mechowski 

  • Understanding Value: Cultural and Economic Capital 

           Led by Yasmin Railton 

  • Art Finance: Art as an Alternative Investment Asset 

           Led by Anders Pettersen 

Day Five 

  • Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration 

  • Art Crime and Museum Security

           Led by Vernon Rapley