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STORY

Claudia has been surrounded by art all of her life. Thanks to her art dealer parents, who opened the Hollywood Road Gallery, London, in 1980, art has been a part of everyday living. After enjoying nearly a decade working in the music industry as a songwriter and performing artist, Claudia joined the family trade. From the workshop to front-of-house she learned the ropes, eventually partnering with her Mum, Catharine.

Over her years co-running the gallery, Claudia curated countless fairs and exhibitions with hand-sourced artworks from the UK, Europe & South America. Vibrant, varied works paired with bold, often vintage, frames became their trademark. Loyal followers of the gallery started to request their signature style for their own homes and in 2017 Claudia launched an advisory service for the gallery collectors. It was during these very personal projects that she realised how much she wanted to make people feel at home with art. 

Meanwhile, the gallery bell kept ringing. As well as the collectors it was artists seeking guidance. Claudia's understanding of the life of an artist, coupled with her knowledge of the business, kept people coming back for more and Hollywood Road became the unofficial ‘art advice bureau’. With artist nurturing so key to Claudia's ethos, it felt vital to expand the service to help the people who create art, just as much as those who collect it.

 

Today, Art & People supports the professional development of early-mid career artists with one-to-one coaching and workshops with studio groups such as Bow Arts Trust and Wimbledon Art Studios. Claudia continues to curate people’s homes by sourcing artworks from her growing community, and helping collectors to buy, frame and hang art that they love - bringing it all full circle.

Art & People is a Bristol based art advisory service founded in 2019 by Claudia Kennaugh