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INTO: Fine Art

Currently undertaking a business administration apprenticeship with Christie's, Emily Pilling (New Hallian, 2012-17) writes about her decision to pursue an apprenticeship and a career in Fine Art.


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After completing A levels in Art, Business Studies and Art History, I undertook a one-year Art Foundation course at The Royal Drawing School, based in London's Trinity Buoy Wharf. It was a small and intimate course with plenty of one-to-one time with tutors who helped me develop my ideas and get inspiration for the artworks I produced.

Whilst I enjoyed this enormously I soon recognised that to earn a living producing art is quite another thing! I realised I would need to think laterally, so I began to look around for opportunities.

I had first learned about apprenticeships at a school careers fair. I have always enjoyed the practical application of my skills, and so the opportunity to 'learn on the job' really appealed to me.

I had previously undertaken some work experience at Christie's, so I inquired about further career opportunities. Founded in 1766, Christie's holds fine Art auctions around the world, and fully supports early career development with graduate training schemes, internships, and apprenticeships. So in 2020, I decided to apply for their London apprenticeship programme.

The great thing about an apprenticeship is that you complete a qualification whilst earning money and gaining knowledge about the industry. I am now studying for a Business Administration qualification, while learning how Christie's works behind the scenes. I support the logistics of moving fabulous pieces of art, furniture and jewellery securely to-and-from clients and the auction houses, co-ordinating with both buyers and sellers.

If you don't think university is for you, then perhaps consider an apprenticeship. There are resources online that show what is available across many different sectors, and I am more than happy to share my own experiences with any New Hallians who need some encouragement!

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