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 4.6 out of 5 based on 38 reviews.

  • Mr Julian Berg

  • 29-Jul-2021

The modules are so well devised that…

The modules are so well devised that both a complete novice and someone well versed in art appreciation can gain...

  • Eve Showell

  • 17-Jul-2021

I have learnt so much and everything…

I have learnt so much and everything fits into a timeline. This course has been amazing! Wonderful modules and support...

  • Kathryn Turner

  • 14-Jul-2021

I am thoroughly enjoying working…

I am thoroughly enjoying working through the modules of this fascinating course. Since retiring, I now have more time to...

  • Sabine Reyersbach

  • 05-Jul-2021

The course was superb

The course was superb. The modules well written and very informative. The assignments really made you think about what you...

  • Ms Patricia Chadderton

  • 04-Jul-2021

This has been an incredible experience…

This has been an incredible experience .I knew very little about Art Appreciation and found the course content to be...

  • Mrs L

  • 01-Jul-2021

The Art Institute on-line art appreciation course

I wanted an online course that would provide an overview of the major themes and influences in art and, at...

  • Michael Sessarego

  • 30-Jun-2021

I thought that the course was excellent…

I thought that the course was excellent and the feedback was very useful. The course introduced me to a number...

  • Sarah

  • 29-Jun-2021

Lockdown distraction

Decided to do this course at the start of lockdown 3 in the UK and it's been an absolute joy...

  • Sarah Buck

  • 28-Jun-2021

Back to basics

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to this point in the course. The course content for each module is fascinating and...

  • Natasha

  • 24-Jun-2021

Art Institute review

I appreciated the professionalism of the course and your academic approach.

  • Linden

  • 23-Jun-2021

Absolutely wonderful

I found the The Art Appreciation Course totally inspiring and enjoyable in every respect. It is very well structured overall...

  • Michael Coates

  • 23-Jun-2021

I enjoyed doing the course very much

I enjoyed doing the course very much. I found it to be efficiently managed and the comments from my tutor...

  • Michele Barrett

  • 21-Jun-2021

Diploma of Art Appreciation

I thoroughly enjoyed the supported learning, doing this Diploma at my own pace. Each module is expertly written in a...

  • 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...