who are we

Art Acumen was established in 2009 with the purpose of providing a truly bespoke and high quality art consultancy service. We operate with a core team augmented by Associates, appointed on a project-by-project basis to advise and help deliver our bespoke art programmes.

Managing Director, Catherine Thomas has twenty years’ experience managing collections, delivering visionary art strategies and inspirational art commissions. Her creative talents and extensive knowledge of the art world are coupled with project management skills, a clear understanding of the artist’s creative process, and an understanding of the design, planning and construction processes.  Catherine leads on all projects and steers the company’s strategy and overall direction.

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Art Consultant, Jo Howe has over fifteen years’ experience managing corporate collections, advising clients on artwork rental programmes and producing audits for large collections.  Jo holds a BA in History of Art from The University of Bristol, and previous roles at Bonhams and art consultancies in London and Sydney. Jo heads up our corporate exhibitions’ programmes and manages our art audit and valuation work.

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Curator, Devon Nocera has a background in communications and brand partnerships with companies including Moët Hennessy, La Prairie and Vogue. Following her passion for art, Devon earned a Master’s degree in Art Business from Southerby’s Institute of Art where she wrote her dissertation examining the impact of artificial intelligence and the art world. She leads  on Art Acumen’s technology and arts projects and curates our ‘Creative Interlude’ publication.

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Creative Producer, Bev Milward  has a background in arts management and is an established practicing artist. She has extensive experience curating and delivering exhibitions and events across the arts, including established national exhibitions and festival performance. She leads on Art Acumen’s public art community engagement activities and delivers bespoke creative events for our public art programmes.

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Together with our art knowledge, creative approach, commercial acumen and project management skills our clients can be confident that we will deliver bespoke, engaging, high quality projects every time.

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our experience

Since 2009 Art Acumen has advised and delivered projects for major developers, institutions, FTSE companies, local authorities and private collectors. Fundamental to providing the right creative solution for them is our ability to understand and articulate their ideas. Our creative, open and professional approach ensures that our clients enjoy the experience of working with us every step of the way.