Six years ago, our founders Julia and Nina each ran their own arts recruitment business. But when a client mistakenly invited them both to the same meeting, instead of sizing each other up they became best of friends! Five years later they combined their business to form DRAW – and the rest is history.
Our small, but perfectly formed, team of five has decades of experience from inside both the art and recruitment worlds. We listen to our clients’ needs carefully and take pride in our quietly focused, fuss-free approach to finding you the very best people for the job – every time.
Meet the team
Julia started DRAW Recruitment with Nina Langford in 2016. Having spent 20 years in senior positions within large Recruitment and Staffing Businesses, including as the CEO of Recruitment Solutions Group. Julia decided to leave the corporate world behind to start her own business. She launched her first Fine Art Recruitment Business almost a decade ago and has not looked back since. Julia was quickly able to build up a loyal client base amongst Auction Houses and Dealerships and now has an expansive network all over the world.
Julia has worked with many leading regional and international auction houses and dealerships to help secure the right talent to grow their teams. Julia really enjoys dealing with small and mid-sized businesses and uses her past commercial experience to help clients find people with the correct skills, experience, and personality to genuinely make a difference.
Julia has a BA (Hons)Commerce and is a member of the CIPD, currently studying for level 5.
When not at work Julia is most at home in the great outdoors. You can often find her out walking regardless of the weather!
Nina has worked in the art industry since 2001 and with that knowledge, she founded Art//Work Recruitment in 2013. In 2016, Nina merged her company with Drummond Reed Recruitment to form DRAW.
Nina’s primary focus is on mid and senior-level roles, particularly in the commercial gallery and arts communications side of the industry. She has a wealth of experience working at a variety of organisations, including a major museum, an art shipping company, an art fair, and several commercial galleries.
Originally Nina wanted to study Art at degree level but decided to enrol in a Business Studies degree course at Nottingham Trent University instead. Now, fortunately, her career choice combines the two!
General Manager, Berlin Office
In 2018 Lisa joined the DRAW team in Berlin, where she is working with candidates, galleries, museums, and art dealers in the DACH region. With a career in the art world for over 20 years she has a deep knowledge of the art industry. Prior to DRAW she was the Managing Director for two international galleries in Berlin, working with some of the most exciting contemporary artists.
Partnered with a keen interest in working with people, Lisa completed an advanced academic training in strategic personnel management. She enjoys finding talented people and strongly believes that great staff is a crucial part of any successful business. She has a unique understanding of matching requirements and personality and is not shy to think outside the box.
Lisa earned an MA in Creative Curating at Goldsmiths College and is a former student at Christies Education. Lisa sometimes likes very early morning walks around one of the many lakes in Berlin.
At DRAW Kate’s area of expertise is anything ‘behind the scenes’ in the art world. Her searches primarily focus on fine art shipping, registrars, operations, logistics, and technical roles, where her personal experience and first-hand knowledge of the industry enable her to find the right candidates for the job.
Kate has worked in many areas of the art industry, starting her career in collections care at a museum, then moving to a role at a leading Fine Art Shipping company where she worked for more than a decade. There she coordinated shipping and logistics for art fairs, contemporary galleries, and national museum exhibitions.
Kate has also worked for a blue-chip contemporary gallery leading a large logistics project and as Fair Manager for one of the most successful and internationally recognised art fairs in London.
Consultant and Marketing Coordinator
Emma began working at DRAW upon completion of her MA in the Art Market and History of Collecting and various roles at the Royal Academy of Arts.
She wears many hats at DRAW, not only focusing on entry-level and junior searches she also implements the marketing strategy and is the social media guru. Emma works closely with DRAW’s German office and travels to the Berlin office when she can as the cinnamon buns on offer are superior to those available in London!
Lesley joined DRAW in 2022 with the aim of continuing to build relationships with candidates, auction houses, galleries, art dealers, and museums based in the United States. She has a background working in fine art auction houses, in both London and New York, with experience in research, cataloging, and client services. Most recently Lesley worked for an American university study abroad programme, where she helped interview and subsequently match students in internship placements at various London organisations.
Lesley earned her B.A. in Archaeology and History of Architecture from Cornell University, and pursued her M.A. in History of Art and Art World Practice at Christie’s Education. In her spare time she volunteers at various small arts & heritage organisations in London.
Administrator and Researcher
Rob joined DRAW in November 2021 with experience in a variety of front of house and client facing roles, as well as in art handling and as a studio assistant. At DRAW, he is responsible for a variety of administrative duties, such as registering new candidates, but he also supports the team across a range of other project such as research and junior level searches.
Rob’s passion is painting, which he studied at an independent atelier, and continues to practice in his own time.