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Dr Iain Robertson, Head of Art Business Studies – Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

Dr Iain Robertson

Dr Iain Robertson has began as Head of Research and Development at Free Form Arts Trust (Community Arts) from 1990 to 1992, then as an Exhibitions Officer at the Royal Institute of British Architects, from 1992 to 1994, before entering in the British Council in Taiwan as a Cultural Officer.

In 1998, he became a Senior Lecturer in Arts Management, at the City University of London.

Since 2004, Dr Iain Robertson is Head of Art Business at Sotheby's Institute in London. 

Dr Iain Robertson has a B.A (Hons) in History of Art (1985), a M.A. in Arts Policy and Management (distinction) (1989), and a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management (The Emerging art markets of Greater China 1989-1999, City University, London, 2000).

He is an Art Market Editor and feature writer for Art Market Report, Sydney ; Advisor to Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, Hana Bank, Seoul, and Deloitte Luxembourg ; visiting professor at Tsinghua Univ, Beijing ; Consultant at Artron, Beijing. He has written over 100 articles for the arts press, and is a former Asia correspondent for the Art Newspaper.

He is also a Founder Member of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM), London.


  • Understanding International Art Markets and Management. Editor (Routledge, 2005) (Chinese edition- Chongqing University Press, 2011)
  • The Art Business. Editor with Derrick Chong (Routledge 2008)
  • A New Art from Emerging Markets (Lund Humphries, 2011)
  • Understanding International Art Markets (second edition) Editor (Routledge, 2012)
  • Principles of International Art Business Editor with Derrick Chong (Lund Humphries, 2013)

Chapters in books:

  • Taiwan The International Art Markets The essential guide for collectors and investors (Kogan Page, 2008)
  • The Art Market in Transition, the Global Economic Crisis and the Rise of Asia. Globalization and Contemporary Art Edited by Jonathan Harris (2011)

Catalogue essays:

  • Korean Odyssey. Antje Siebrecht (1993)
  • Rembrandt the Etcher, National Museum of History, Taiwan (1996)
  • Meditation on a theme. Brian Falconbridge, Masterpiece Art Centre, Taipei (1996)
  • Consumer China (Tale of Two Cities, Hanart, London (2000)
  • The Development of Art Markets and the London Contemporary Art Scene, Sungkok Museum, Seoul (2001)Fine Art Museum, Taipei (2002)
  • Korean Contemporary Art (2005) Of Origin and Future, I-Myu, London
  • Lee Jaehyo. Force of Nature (2009) Albermarle Gallery, London
  • Jiang Shanqing, About the Ink Communicating through ink (2010)
  • Korean Collective I, Albermarle gallery, London (2010)
  • Korean Collective II, Albermarle gallery, London (2011)

Sotheby's institute

For more than forty years Sotheby's Institute of Art has offered object-based, professionally-oriented education that draws creatively upon the resources of important art centers worldwide. At the Institute's campuses in London and New York, postgraduate-level programmes and courses actively engage students in the dynamic international art world.

Sotheby's Institute of Art offers a variety of postgraduate Master’s degrees, diplomas, Semester courses, and summer study programmes in London and New York. The Master’s degrees, postgraduate diploma and Semester courses are validated by the University of Manchester in the UK. In New York, the Institute has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1989.



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