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Claudia spent her early months nestled in a drawer at the Hollywood Road Gallery, London. Growing up surrounded by the paintings of her parent's 'local picture shop', she was introduced to the world of art — a place that felt unstuffy and full of life. 


Claudia worked as a musician and performing artist before joining the family trade in 2011. From the workshop to office to front-of-house, Claudia's learned the ropes from her mother, Catharine, and in 2015 they became partners.

During her years co-running the gallery, curating shows, exhibiting at fairs, sourcing artworks and nurturing artists, there was one thing in particular people rang the bell for — advice.

Whether it was a collector seeking recommendations, or an artist wanting feedback, Hollywood Road became the unofficial ‘art advice bureau’. Claudia's supportive spirit and wealth of knowledge kept people coming back for more, and in 2017 she launched a daughter advisory service for the gallery collectors.


With the growing number of requests from artists, Claudia felt the urge to create a new kind of art advisory: one that helps the people who create art, just as much as those who collect it.


Today, Art & People supports the professional development of artists all over the UK, as well as in Europe and North America, whilst helping new and seasoned collectors to buy, frame and hang art in their homes. By coaching and curating at the same time, Claudia is able to create new connections and opportunities, bringing it all full circle.

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