London, United Kingdom

Business and Politics of the Art World

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1700

This course will examine and investigate the relationship between the contemporary art market and art's social, cultural, historical, political and commercial value. We will explore the ways in which art is instrumental in social, political and historical narratives, and can hold value beyond commerce. In different contexts, we will discuss questions such as: What makes art valuable? Who owns art and who owes what to whom? How does law protect art and the artist? Is art only for the elite or can it interact with society at large, and what is the value of this?

The module will investigate the dynamics behind the various activities in art transactions and their influencing factors. It will contextualise the importance of these dynamics, and explore potential lacunas in existent practices and emerging markets. Teaching in lectures and seminars will be supplemented with a number of gallery and museum visits, industry interactions, structured study sessions and assessment preparation in advance of the module's coursework.

Target group

Undergraduate students

Course aim

The module is designed to develop students' critical understanding of the nature of the art business, and the scale and regional growth of art markets. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a variety of critical and transferable skills, as well as practical knowledge through which to understand the art business and critique current approaches to artist rights and economic practices in the market. These more tangible aspects are situated within the broader political reality of the art world, enabling students to develop a more holistic understanding of the business of art and art's political potentials. The module is designed to give students the following takeaways:

1. A systematic introduction to the commerce and law of art transactions.

2. A good understanding of the legal rights of artists and the controversial extents and limitations to freedom of speech and expression.

3. The ability to appreciate and examine artistic production and reproduction in consideration of legal and sociological criteria.

4. Critical awareness of emerging issues in visual and performative arts, digital art, public art etc., and adequate knowledge to address these debates.

Credits info

7.5 EC
You will study one course per Queen Mary Summer School session. Each course is worth 15 Queen Mary credits.
Usually, the 15 credits we award for each three-week Queen Mary Summer School session translate to 3–4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.
Your home institution should confirm if they will grant credit for Summer School courses. Whilst we will do everything we can to support you throughout the Summer School application process, it's your responsibility to check with your home institution if you can transfer credit from the Summer School prior to arriving at Queen Mary.

Fee info

GBP 1700: The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,700 per session.
We are offering a 10% early bird discount for those who apply before 31 March 2019.
From 31 March onwards we will offer a 10% discount to:
• Students and staff from partner institutions
• Alumni
• Current Queen Mary students
On campus accommodation will cost approximately £670 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the tuition fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.
GBP 50: There is a non-refundable application fee of £50.


There are no scholarships available for this course