An Insider’s Guide to London’s Art World


‘This course was absolutely incredible. Laura was such an inspiring tutor, full of knowledge she was keen to share and a wide network of directors, curators and artists that she opened up to us. I know that everyone couldn’t stop talking about how much they enjoyed the course and how grateful we all were for the experience. Definitely recommend this course and I hope it continues to run for years to come.’  Judy

Level: Beginners

Tutor: Laura Wilson

Dates: 8 – 11 July 2024

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Cost: £520



Would you like to find out more about London’s art scene? Where the most important galleries are, what makes an artist-run space different from other galleries, how museum curators think and work? Across this four-day course, you will  have the opportunity to ask questions and meet curators, artists and gallery directors, and uncover some of the hidden truths about the art world.

This exciting four-day course, led by award-winning interdisciplinary artist and tutor Laura Wilson, is designed for anyone who is interested in finding out more about London’s art world and gallery scene. Whether you’re an art lover who wants to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the contemporary art scene in London, or an artist hoping to work with galleries to show your work or set up your own gallery, this fascinating and revealing course will provide the insights you’re looking for.

As part of a small group, you will journey across London, from North to South to East and West, to explore some of the capital’s best and less well known galleries, museums and project spaces. You’ll see exhibitions, visit artist studios, collections and discuss the artwork of contemporary and emerging artists.

You will also have the rare opportunity to get behind the scenes and meet curators, technicians, artists, gallery directors and collectors and ask the questions you have always wanted to know about the art world, curating an exhibition programme or working with artists. By the end of the course, you’ll have gained a thorough understanding of the contemporary art scene in London and have the confidence to further develop your interests in this exciting world.

What’s included: all teaching, and entrance charges where applicable

What’s not included: your meals/ refreshments, travel in London (we use public transport to get around). We will be walking to and between venues, please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for changeable weather (rain, sun and everything in between!). Please bring snacks, water, a notebook and pen.


10% discount available for City & Guilds of London Art School students, alumni and staff. Contact to receive the discount code.

‘All of the visits were very interesting and as a whole the course gave a great insight into the different facets of the art world in London, many of which I would never have discovered on my own. The tutor was also very interesting, full of insights and knowledge from first hand experience. And it was a great group of people- a chance to meet a really diverse group with a shared interest in art.’  Jane

‘This was a much needed,  fascinating, informative and inspiring course. It should be offered as part of any art graduate course to help artists navigate the mysteries of the art world and it’s eco system. I am so grateful to Laura Wilson for devising this eye-opening course and would gladly take part in any future courses she has to offer.’  Francesca

‘We were the beneficiaries of Laura’s long dedication to her practice, learning and experiencing different eco systems of the art world through Laura’s knowledge and contacts.’  Sam


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