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Claudia's first toy was a sheet of bubble wrap. Playing on the floor of her parents' shop surrounded by paintings, she was born into the world of art. Her parents opened the Hollywood Road Gallery, London, in 1980 and art has been their way of life ever since. 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 this 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 advisory 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, tutorials and workshops. By partnering with organisations such as Bow Arts Trust, Wimbledon Art Studios, Visual Artists Ireland and Hamilton House, Claudia helps to foster thriving artist communities. Other affiliations include Jackson’s Painting Prize (Judge 2022), Spike Island and VASW, where she will be running workshops in Autumn 22. 

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