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Careers in Arts and Culture

arts and culture
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for an online panel discussion about pursuing a career in arts and culture. You will hear from several professionals currently working in a variety of fields and positions within the arts and culture sector, such as cultural heritage consultancy, art historian, curator, bookstore and gallery founder, and restitution researcher. Our speakers will share information about their own career paths and provide advice for CEU students interested in the sector.

The panel discussion will take place on Zoom on December 9, at 5:30-7:00 pm. 

Please register in advance! The Zoom link to the event will be shared with you upon registration.


Anna Salaman

BA History of Art & English Literature, University of York, UK (1993)

MA Museum Studies, University of London, UK (1996)

Anna Salaman has twenty-five years of experience immersed in the heritage, cultural and visitor attractions sectors. She specializes in interpretation, learning and play, with past employments including Executive Director at Playeum (Singapore), Associate of Public Programmes at ArtScience Museum (Singapore), and public engagement roles at the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and V&A (UK). Anna is now a Cultural Heritage Learning Consultant and works as a freelancer in the UK and overseas. Current projects include leading on the interpretation content for a £29 million heritage project in North-East England, and as an Education Advisor for a series of interactive galleries for children in Shenzhen, China. Anna is experienced in training teams relating to learning and interpretation, including at Historic Royal Palaces, The Royal Collection and the Ashmolean Museum, UK. Anna is also a mentor for UK-based heritage venues undertaking major grant applications and monitors their progress during their implementation phase.

Anna’s main interest areas within the heritage and cultural sectors lie in creating relevant interpretation for a wide audience, audience development and community participation, children’s and young people’s learning and engagement, and in developing playful environments.

Beáta Istvánkó 

Art history (BA), Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Art theory (BA), Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Hungary

Contemporary Art Theory and Curatorial Studies (MA), Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Hungary 

Beáta Istvánkó is a Budapest based art historian and curator. After finishing her studies she worked as the project coordinator of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and the Studio of Young Artists' Association as well as curated numerous independent projects. In 2017 she founded the contemporary art publication store and gallery called ISBN books+gallery. ISBN is the first independent bookstore focused on contemporary art publications in Budapest, Hungary. Besides running the gallery she is working on her PhD research in the Art and Design Theory doctoral program of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (Budapest, Hungary). Recently she is one of the regular authors of the Új Művészet magazin in Hungary. 

Grazia de Colle

History of Art & Management, MA (Joint Honours), University of St. Andrews, Scotland (2008)

Art Business, MA, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London (2010)

Grazia is based in Vienna and a restitution researcher at Christie’s since 2016. In this role, she works as part of a team with colleagues in London, New York and Berlin, and is co-responsible for ensuring the auction house does not sell artworks looted or forcibly removed from collections during the Nazi-era (1933-1945). Following her studies in the UK, exactly 10 years ago, she did internships at Sotheby’s in restitution research in London and Vienna, which sparked her interest in this field. Having written her thesis about the development of the emerging contemporary art market in Turkey, she pursued another passion, and lived in Istanbul from 2011 to 2016. There she worked at a contemporary art gallery (Galerist), wrote for an art magazine (Art Unlimited) and newspaper (Cumhuriyet), and worked as the coordinator of a private collection museum/platform for artists (Elgiz). Collecting, writing and curating are ongoing interests of hers; digging into the histories of artworks and collections, and piecing together provenance chains, keep her on the go.