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June 25, 2021updated 28 Jun 2021 10:47am

RBC launches art programme with Masterpiece and Sotheby’s Institute of Art

By Patrick Brusnahan

Masterpiece has collaborated with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) on the Deconstructing the Art World for Emerging Artists programme.

Launching in September 2021, the programme is designed to build knowledge of essential commercial and art market concepts amongst the creative and artistic community. Aimed at the recently graduated from British art schools, emerging artists will learn how to navigate the art world and support themselves as creatives.

Furthermore, the art programme is sponsored by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which has benefitted more than 24,000 artists since launch in 2015.

Prue Thompson, senior director of marketing and client engagement at RBC Wealth Management International, said: “RBC has a long-standing commitment to the arts – bringing our purpose to life, helping the communities where we live and work prosper. The RBC Emerging Artists Project supports organisations focused on advancing the careers of artists who are helping to shape our societies and our culture. We are privileged to be working with Masterpiece and Sotheby’s Institute of Art on this exciting new initiative, particularly at such an incredibly disruptive time for the arts and education.”

Lucie Kitchener, managing director of Masterpiece, added: “Masterpiece has always been dedicated to supporting the next generation and we’re delighted that we are able to align our goals with RBC’s own commitment to emerging artists, in this our eighth year of RBC’s Principal Partnership. In collaboration with Sotheby’s Institute of Art as Educational Partner, Masterpiece and RBC have undertaken to provide top tier art market expertise to early career artists, free of charge, demonstrating their shared belief in the importance of accessibility and equal opportunities.”

Joe Watson, director of Lifelong and Continuing Education at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, continued: “A core purpose of Sotheby’s Institute of Art is to make the art world more legible for more people. In deconstructing its opportunities and complexities through this series of compelling short films we aim to enable and encourage artistic enterprise wherever it’s found in the world. We’re excited to be able to do so with such forward-thinking partners.”

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