Hilary Kay

Curator & Presenter

The Art Appreciation Course is presented and curated by art and antiques consultant Hilary Kay. Hilary has brought together 12 passionate art specialists to present you with a course designed to provide you with a broad understanding of western art, its history and the world that surrounds it. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the authors will ensure that you find the course both fulfilling and enjoyable.

Hilary Kay is an art and antiques consultant, broadcaster, international lecturer and writer.

She is one of the most familiar faces on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow having joined this successful and long running programme as an expert in 1979. Hilary has featured in countless other television and radio programmes and, in 2010, she won BBC TV's Celebrity Mastermind.

Her career in art and antiques began in 1977 when she joined Sotheby's, rising rapidly to head of department; the following year she became Sotheby's youngest ever auctioneer when she took her first sale at the age of 21.

During her career at Sotheby's Hilary developed auctions in innovative areas of collecting including the world's first auction of rock memorabilia in 1981. She created and established the first expert training programmes within the company and worked extensively with Sotheby's education division, now Sotheby's Institute. She travelled regularly to Europe, North America and Australia visiting and advising both collectors and institutions. When she left Sotheby's in 2000 she held the position of Senior Director leading a group of departments including motorcars, horology, wine, arms and armour, coins, musical instruments and philately.

With an insight into the aspirations and requirements of corporations, institutions and individuals in the sector she left Sotheby's and established Art and Antiques Events, a company, which today provides art and antiques-centred pursuits to the corporate market and to private clients (hilarykay.com).

To further popularise the world of art and antiques she devised and produced a theatre show, which toured the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and North America.


Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews.

  • Mary

  • 17-Jun-2021

The UK Art Institute A Best Kept Secret

The course was outstanding in content. My tutor, Libby gave highly useful and thoughtful feedback making the experience one of...

  • Sue Greenhalgh

  • 16-Jun-2021

An exciting discovery!

When I retired from teaching, I was quite concerned that my life couldn't possibly be as stimulating and rewarding....and then...

  • Les

  • 16-Jun-2021

Enjoyable and thought provoking

I have enjoyed this course I've found it to be informative and thought provoking. The assignment feedback has been returned...

  • David Barber

  • 16-Jun-2021

Art During Lockdown

I very much enjoyed my two courses with The Art Institute: the main course and the advanced courses. These two...

  • Fiona Hawkins

  • 16-Jun-2021

Art Appreciation Course with The Art…

Art Appreciation Course with The Art Insititute The course was very efficently run. Each module was interesting and the module handbook...

  • Pam Mallalieu

  • 16-Jun-2021

I learned so much from this diploma

I learned so much from this diploma. I extended the time because I wanted to do more reading around each...

  • Professor Veronica Bishop

  • 16-Jun-2021

I thought I knew a bit about art. ....

Before I started this course I thought I knew a bit about art and was sure of what I liked...

  • Emma

  • 16-Jun-2021

Wonderful experience.

Completed the course during the first lockdown and was delighted to get the Diploma. If you take it seriously the...

  • Mrs Haig

  • 16-Jun-2021

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course…

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has greatly increased my understanding and appreciation of modern art which is...

  • Mrs Janet Holm

  • 16-Jun-2021

A life saver

I started the course in 2020 because I needed something new to focus on during lockdown. During the winter it...

  • Grace

  • 16-Jun-2021

If you have a love of art but have…

If you have a love of art but have lacked the knowledge or confidence to understand why a particular artwork...

  • penelope treadwell

  • 16-Jun-2021

A stimulating and enjoyable experience

I undertook this course because as an amateur artist I wanted to know more about the painters I admired. I...

  • Annalisa De Domenici Cohen

  • 16-Jun-2021

Art Institute student

I have always enjoyed and appreciated the beauty of art in all its forms, but having done this course it...

  • Mr. Simon Mighall

  • 16-Jun-2021

A wonderful course

A wonderful course, which though taxing, brings great enjoyment. Superb notes and brilliant tutors. I cannot recommend highly enough. I...

  • Mr David Wallington

  • 16-Jun-2021

Hugely rewarding course

This has been a boon for months of lockdown. The course has been stimulating, the feedback very prompt and helpful....