The Art Trade Forum offers emerging curators, arts professionals and researchers the chance to see the London art trade at work and explore the practices and processes of acquiring art for public collections


You can apply if you are:

  • an emerging curator, arts professional or researcher
  • have a practical interest in the art trade, whether through working in a role with a collection or in an arts organisation, or independently
  • ready to share your thoughts and experiences, and learn from, support and encourage others
  • are based in the United Kingdom

group of arts professionals exploring archival material from the Paul Mellon Centre We welcome interest from individuals who would otherwise not have immediate access to the London art trade, who would especially benefit from the first-hand experience this programme offers. Applications are particularly welcome from people who fit the eligibility criteria and who are in any way under-represented in the curatorial and academic fields. We also welcome applications from all UK-based members of the PMC’s Doctoral Researchers Network (DRN), the Early Career Researchers Network (ECRN) and members of the PMC-supported British Art Network (BAN). To find out more about these networks, and to become a member, please visit our website.

If you have any questions or are unsure about whether you are eligible for this opportunity please contact our Networks Manager, Bryony Botwright-Rance, at [email protected]

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to submit a 200-word biography and a maximum 400-word abstract, outlining their reasons for wishing to participate, what they hope to learn from the seminar and what they will be able to contribute by way of participation in discussion and debate. Applications should be sent via email to [email protected] by 5pm BST on Monday 27 May 2024.