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A Professional Portrait by Ro Barkes

Associate Director

Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert

Published: 31st July 2017

What inspired you to pursue a career in the arts?

Being lucky enough to be taken to galleries and exhibitions as a child and having a fantastic Art History teacher at school.

Can you tell us a little about your role?

I am an Associate Director at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, a secondry market dealer specializing in 20th Century British Art.  We are a small team so my role consists of many things – organizing the art fairs we participate in, putting on exhibitions at the gallery, researching the pictures/ sculptures we handle, selling to clients  and buying pictures for stock.  It also involves overseeing the day to day running of the gallery.

How did you get your job?

I wrote to our director when I was 19 to ask for 6 weeks work experience and never left!

What is the best part of your job?

Seeing so much fantastic art, whether at art fairs in the UK or abroad or privately in the gallery.  Having the opportunity to research and ‘live’ closely with some of the pictures and sculptures we handle is a real privilege.

What is the hardest part of your job?

The art world is very seasonal and it can be hard to keep the momentum going during quiet periods.  You have to be creative and plan ahead for the busy times.

What has been the highlight of your career?

Putting on several important exhibitions at the gallery, including Lucian Freud: Early Works 1940-1958 and Bridget Riley: Works 1960-1966

What is your favourite Artwork?

‘Pelagos’ 1946 by Barbara Hepworth

Which artist would you have liked or would like to meet?

It’s an obvious one but it would have been amazing to have met Picasso  

What advice would you give to people trying to enter the art industry?

Don’t worry if you don’t start in your perfect job right away.  Find an area of art that you are interested in and take opportunities to work within that field, it may be that your dream job doesn’t even exist in the company you’re in so you could get the chance to create it.

If you weren’t in the art industry, what would you be doing?

Probably trying to get into it!