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Dr Thomas Flynn

Visiting Lecturer


I'm an art historian specialising in the history of the European art markets and professional practices of the global art market. I hold a BA Honours degree (First Class) in Art History from the University of Sussex, a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art and a doctorate from the University of Sussex. My academic interests include sculpture history; museology and the historical development of museums; art crime; issues in cultural heritage; and the globalisation of the art market.

I am a former Henry Moore Foundation post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex and have written journalism for numerous international art publications. I'm the author of The Body in Sculpture (Everyman Art Library, 1998), and co-editor (with Dr Tim Barringer) of Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum (Routledge, 1997). 

I have written monographs on a number of British contemporary sculptors and have contributed chapters to edited volumes on art crime, risk in the international al art markets and cultural heritage ethics. My most recent book is The A-Z of the International Art Market (Bloomsbury, 2016), a student guide to the terminology used in today's art markets. 

More information on my professional activities can be found at my personal website at I also run a sculpture agency ( and have a Provenance Research partnership with Angelina Giovani, MA (

I am a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Areas of specialism

  • Art History
  • Sculpture History
  • History of the European Art Markets
  • Professional Practices of the International Art Market
  • Museology
  • Cultural Heritage Ethics
  • Contemporary Art


  • BA (Hons) First Class, Art History, University of Sussex
  • MA, Design History, Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum Joint Course
  • D.Phil, University of Sussex

Professional membership

Member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) 


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