Every January CAFS organises a Careers Seminar for current students, to hear former students talk about their careers. Most of the speakers have chosen work in art or architectural history; some have gone into other fields. Actor, William Chubb (MPhil 1981), was an excellent example of the latter and spoke first, as he was co-starring in 'Whose Life Is It Anyway?’. He continues to do research into works of art and deal in the art market when he has time.

The second speaker was Laura Bolick (M.A., 2000), a book designer and editor at Yale University Press. She described her role in the production of a book from initial editing to final decisions on the jacket and marketing. Laura’s first job had been with a photo library, which she felt had been useful for publishing, and helped establish contacts. Oliver Irvine (B.A., 1996) gave an amusing account of a seemingly unpromising and unpaid internship in the Books and Manuscripts Department at Christies. A passion for books was kindled, which eventually led to antiquarian booksellers, Maggs Brothers.

Dr. Martin Postle (M.A. 1981) spoke of the various directions his career had taken, from academic teaching to his present position as head of British Art at Tate Britain. His advice was to keep an open mind and to take on almost any work at the beginning in order to gain experience. Professor John Wilton-Ely, who graduated in 1963, emphasized the importance of a broad background: "versatility makes one more employable". During his career, John has headed a small museum, taught in academic institutions, organized exhibitions and been Director of Sotheby’s Education; he is now a freelance lecturer.

Each year has subliminal themes. This year one of those themes was a passion for objects, often stimulated by experience in the commercial art world. Another was how varied a career in art or architectural history is likely to be.

Following the talks, current students pursued many of these ideas with the speakers at an informal reception held in the foyer.


Paula Henderson, Hon. Secretary of CAFS