Cool and collected: an expert’s guide to Mayfair’s modern art

Mayfair, London

Cool and collected: an expert’s guide to Mayfair’s modern art

Put your collecting cap on and make space on your walls, as art consultant Claire McCaslin-Brown opens up London’s contemporary gallery scene beyond the big-name exhibitions.

Leading you from the Royal Academy to her favourite galleries and the city’s most exciting sales, Claire will share the lowdown on where to go and who to know if you’re in the business of art collecting. You’ll make the most of Claire’s expert insight and insider connections, chatting to auction aficionados and discovering artists to watch, and leave completely clued-up on selecting contemporary masterpieces.

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Claire McCaslin-Brown

Your insider

Claire McCaslin-Brown

Art consultant

With an illustrious background as a contemporary art advisor and top-tier roles at London’s art schools and auction houses under her belt, Claire McCaslin-Brown is perfectly positioned to unlock the inner circles of the international art scene. Combining a little marketing and investment savvy with an insider understanding of contemporary art, Claire launched her consultancy in 2016, sharing her wisdom with would-be collectors and specialising in guiding first-time forays into the art world. By dint of her years of art-buying experience, she has a discerning eye for artists to watch and a matchmaker’s ability to pair purchaser and masterpiece.

Head behind the scenes of Mayfair’s modern-art world courtesy of a collecting connoisseur, touring glitzy galleries and splurge-inducing auction previews.

2 hours and 30 minutes
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 10:30 and 13:00
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Where you'll go
Claire will meet you at the Royal Academy, the capital’s heart of art curation and collection. Then it’s on to an array of Mayfair’s greatest galleries – including along Cork Street, the historic career-starter of heavyweights including Francis Bacon, Max Ernst and Paul Klee. Afterwards, you’ll head to Sotheby’s (or another auction house, if Claire knows of an especially interesting sale elsewhere) for a house-specialist-guided preview of upcoming sale items.
What you'll learn
Claire kicks things off at the Royal Academy with an introduction to the practice and history of art collecting. She’ll then lead you through Mayfair’s illustrious gallery scene, sharing collecting tips, tricks and art-world anecdotes along the way. Her cherry-picked gallery stops will showcase a globe-spanning spectrum of international influences and artistic media, from paint and sculpture to video. But if you happen to have a penchant for a particular form or style, Claire can tailor the tour’s gallery stops to your interests. Afterwards, you’ll head to Sotheby’s or another prestigious auction house, where a house expert will guide you through a preview of an upcoming sale and talk you through the role of auctions in collection building.
Experience location
You’ll meet Claire at the Royal Academy; we’ll send the precise details in your booking confirmation.