Advertising & Arts
Art valuers give advice on how much a piece of art, collectible object or a collection of art or objects is worth.
Senior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does an Art Valuer do?
Art valuers give advice on how much a piece of art, collectible object or a collection of art or objects is worth. A valuer might value paintings, sculptures, china, jewellery, books or furniture, for buying, selling or insurance purposes.
As an art valuer, you might:
- check the origin of an object or collection
- carry out research, using reference books and the internet
- assess the age, quality and condition of an object or collection
- check whether objects have been restored or changed in any way
- keep up to date with current prices and demand
- prepare written valuations and reports.
Art valuers often specialise in a particular period of history or a particular type of artwork, and their reputation is based on many years of experience.
Key skills and interests
To become an art valuer, you would need:
- strong interest in and knowledge of arts and antiques
- in-depth knowledge in a particular specialisation
- excellent communication skills
- close attention to detail
- persuasive writing skills
- up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation.
Working hours and conditions
Art valuers often need to work irregular hours based around their clients, including evenings and weekends.
You would generally be based in a dealership or auction house, but would be required to travel to clients' homes or businesses to carry out valuations. You may travel locally, nationally or overseas, depending on your clients.
How to become an Art Valuer?
Entry Level Education
Valuers specialising in art, collectibles or antiques usually complete a degree in a relevant subject, such as art history, fine arts and restoration, or fine arts conservation, and undertake additional professional training in valuation. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Entry roles in this profession can be very competitive so people often work and study part-time while learning on the job.
Art valuers may apply to become members of The Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia. The association offers industry qualifications in the valuation of goods, collectibles, fine arts or antiques.
Art valuation is a very specialised profession, The number of available roles will always be quite small.