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From Law to Art: Meet Yi Gao, Christie’s Education’s Programme Coordinator
November 6, 2020

Founded in London in 1978, Christie's Education is a specialist provider of live and virtual short courses and bespoke programmes in the fields of art history, connoisseurship, art business and art market. 

Yi Gao, Programme Coordinator, Christie’s Education Asia Pacific, speaks in this clip about their first CPD accredited programmeArt and the Law”, and in this article describes her career transition from corporate law firm to auction house, as well as how her experiences in both law and art inform her approach.

 

Could you tell us how you got into the arts, and what path led you to becoming a Programme Coordinator at Christie’s Education?
I studied law in Beijing and New York, and started my career as a corporate lawyer at the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. While I received the best professional training and learned a lot about business and finance, my long term passion for history and curiosity for different cultures led me to Europe to pursue further studies in art.

I enrolled onto the master’s degree programme in Art, Law and Business at Christie’s Education London, and immersed myself in art across Europe. To translate my passion into a career, I came to Christie’s Hong Kong, taking up the education role. While from time to time I miss advising Chinese tech companies on their initial public offerings, art fills my days with intellectual growth and joy.

 

How do you stay current in the art field?
I read widely, from industry reports, legal cases, to investigative articles, and have a growing library of art market books. I use online resources such as Instagram to discover exciting projects in the art communities of London, Berlin, New York and Tokyo.

But to spot the latest trends in art making, curating and collecting first-hand, I regularly visit exhibitions and art fairs and speak with insiders. I love brainstorming with my colleagues at Christie’s -  we share the latest news, connect the dots, and build these insights into our courses.

 

What recommendations would you make to others about learning about art in Hong Kong?
Developing an arts career in Hong Kong, the extraordinary people in our close-knit community are the best resources for my learning. They have guided me and our students on art appreciation and collecting.

The courses we offer at Christie’s Education in Hong Kong are a great way to get to meet these industry experts, and are also interesting and relevant. Our Art Business Essentials series offers an essential guide to the financial and legal aspects of creating, buying, selling and collecting art; One Day in the Auction World takes you behind-the-scenes at Christie's to understand the role of an auction house and the auction process; the Building Collections series is designed to offer an actionable framework for connoisseurship and collecting different categories of art; whereas Inside Look, a series of complimentary short talks led by Christie's specialists, explores the stories, history, and market behind artworks by some of the greatest artists from around the world.

Coming into art from law, I have been especially impressed by the power of art to bring people together. I am committed to making it more accessible through education, so that more people can share this transformative experience.

 

If you wish to join Yi and the faculty and alumni of Christie’s Education on their exciting art studies and journeys, please check out their upcoming courses and events at Christies.edu/Asia, or email hongkong@christies.edu to find out more.


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