Hosted by
Riah Pryor

The Bigger Picture Podcast.

Special Guest
Melanie Gerlis

Special guest Melanie Gerlis of the Financial Times joins us to discuss her unique journey through the Art Market, the financialisation of the sector and what’s next for the industry.

“The people who were making money at that time were the bankers, the hedge funders, the private equity people- and I know the difference between those three things. It does help to be able to speak the language and to not to be frightened by it.”

From ten years at leading Financial Public relations firm, Finsbury, to today’s role at the forefront of art market journalism at The Financial Times (with a couple of books along the way!) Melanie Gerlis’ journey through the sector has not be typical.

Nevertheless, as we explored her multifaceted career, approach to working and tips for success, her learning is clearly useful to anyone interested in working within today’s art world. A fascinating overview of the market’s development across booms, crashes and technological advances.

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About the Guest

Melanie Gerlis became the weekly art market columnist for the Financial Times in 2016. She was previously Art Market Editor for The Art Newspaper (2007-2016), before which she was a financial communications adviser at Finsbury in the City of London (1996-2005). She has a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Her first book, Art as an Investment?, was published in 2014 and her latest book, The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride, was published in December 2021 (Lund Humphries).

About the Host
Riah Pryor is an investigative journalist and author specialising in the relationship between art and law, supported by her experience working at New Scotland Yard's Art and Antiques Unit. She previously worked at The Art Newspaper as Art Market Assistant Editor and continues to write for them on a freelance basis, in addition to report writing and editorial consultancy for a range of art market clients.
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