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10 No-Nonsense Tips for Landing a Career in the Art World

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10 No-Nonsense Tips for Landing a Career in the Art World

Copyright Philippa Gedge
Sophie Macpherson
by Coline Milliard, ARTINFO UK
Published: November 27, 2012

Congratulations, you’ve got your shiny degree in curating, art history, or critical theory. Now, how will you make your way in the notoriously cutthroat art world? Sophie Macpherson is the right person to ask. Her company, Sophie Macpherson Ltd, is the leading art recruitment agency, with a London office and representatives in Paris, New York, and soon, East Asia.

It all started a decade ago when Macpherson, languishing in a gallery assistant job in Mayfair, tried to find a new position. Recruiters had no understanding of the kind of career move she was after. They told her she had “no future in the art world” and advised her to “go be a secretary.” Realizing that there was a gaping hole in the recruitment industry, she sent 100 self-addressed envelopes asking museums and galleries if they would welcome a service helping them finding staff.

“The response was incredible,” she told LLB. “Practically all of them got back saying that they were struggling to find good people. Many were just hiring relatives and friends of friends and would always find it very awkward when things didn’t work out.”

Macpherson’s clients have included Christie’sFriezeGagosian GalleryWhite CubeLisson GalleryAlison Jacques, and ArtReview, to name but a few. She regularly lectures in institutions such as the Courtauld Institute, Oxford University, and the Royal College of Art, and in 2008 launched her own Art Market Academy.

Recently, she shared 10 no-nonsense tips for art job hunters with ARTINFO UK.

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