Although no specific qualifications are necessary to run an art gallery, you might want to extend your knowledge of the art world by studying a course in a subject such as art, art history and art management. Many local colleges offer this type of course at various different levels.
If you don't want to embark on a lengthy programme of study, but feel that you would benefit from some training in specific areas, contact the following organisations for information about training that's available:
- the Fine Art Trade Guild
- local business support organisations, including your local council
- local colleges
Picture framing and restoration services
There are several qualifications of relevance to those wishing to undertake picture framing and restoration work. Restoration services can include both picture restoration and frame restoration. Qualifications include City & Guilds awards, certificates and diplomas in Creative Techniques, higher level qualification diploma in Creative Arts and the Guild Commended Framer qualification awarded by the Fine Art Trade Guild.
The Fine Art Trade Guild sells two helpful publications - 'Starting up a gallery and frame shop' and 'The artist's guide to selling work', both of which are available to buy from the Guild's website.
There are also various vocational training options and qualifications available to people working in the retailing sector. Visit the City & Guilds website for more information on general retail training courses. The website includes a qualifications search tool.
Learndirect is a free service which can advise on training and personnel development. It can provide details of qualifications and skills relevant to your type of business, give you an outline of appropriate training courses and advise where to go for such training in your area. Visit the Learndirect website or telephone 0800 101 901
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides background information and job profiles for a very wide range of careers and helps users to find details of skills requirements, relevant occupational training courses and available qualifications. Visit their website to find out more.