D.R.A.W. Recruitment

About us

The perfect fit

D.R.A.W. was formed in 2016, bringing together two of the most respected talent agencies in the global art market – Drummond Read Recruitment and Art//Work Recruitment.

With over 20 years’ combined experience, we have a thorough understanding of the art, auction and luxury sectors in the UK and abroad including America and the Far East. Our extensive database gives clients access to the finest, best qualified candidates in the industry.

The team at D.R.A.W offers a professional, yet personal service in Permanent Recruitment, Temporary/Contract Recruitment, as well as Talent Sourcing and Headhunting based on our clients’ specific criteria. We pride ourselves on strong, long-standing relationships with clients, always striving to find the perfect fit for their business.

At D.R.A.W we specialise in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Auction Houses
  • Galleries and dealerships
  • Museums
  • Insurance Companies and banks
  • Restoration and conservation
  • Art advisory and private collections
  • Artists’ studios
  • Luxury brands, high end and designer
  • Online businesses

Draw from our database

We have an impressive database of over 10,000 candidates, covering a wide range of professional groups including:

Auction Houses

  • Fine Art Consultants
  • Auctioneers
  • Salesroom Managers
  • Specialist Cataloguers
  • Valuers
  • Junior Cataloguers
  • Sale Room Porters
  • Specialist Removers and Packers
  • Administrators
  • Shipping Specialists
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Foreign Language Speakers/Interpreters
  • Jewellery Specialists including FGA, DGA, GIA, RJ Dip MIRV registered valuers

Galleries and Dealerships

  • Gallery Managers
  • Sales/Dealers
  • Curators
  • Researchers
  • Gallery Assistants
  • Registrars
  • Art Technicians
  • Import/Export Managers
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Digital Marketing Specialists
  • Front of House
  • Personal Assistants
  • Bookkeepers

Insurance Companies/Art Advisory and Banks

  • Client Account Managers
  • Fine Art Appraisers/Surveyors
  • Fine Art Loss Adjusters
  • Fine Art Underwriters
  • Personal Lines Claims Managers

Restoration and Conservation

  • Studio Managers
  • Restorers of Furniture
  • Paintings
  • Ceramics and Glass
  • Metalware
  • Stoneware
  • Textiles
  • Musical Instruments
  • Gilding and Painting Techniques

What we do...

We offer a range of services, including permanent recruitment, temporary/contract recruitment, as well as executive and international search.

Permanent recruitment – Finding the right permanent staff is our key strength; we have placed hundreds of candidates in all kinds of roles and at all levels. We recruit on a contingency basis, so there’s no fee unless we fill your vacancy.

Temporary/Contract staff – Organisations take on temporary staff for many reasons. Anything from an extra pair of hands to help at a fair or exhibition, to cover for maternity or sick leave. Or perhaps you’re testing our a new service, and want to see how it goes before employing someone full time.

Changes to business structure also mean that more companies are using consultants and specialists for particular projects. This could be on an occasional, short- or long-term basis, where specific expertise is needed.

Executive and international search – We offer a discreet and highly effective global executive search service for director level and highly specialised roles.

The proof

Here’s what our clients say about us

“We had been looking for a General Valuer for some time and had been unsuccessful in finding the right candidate through traditional advertising. Drummond Read understood the brief and Julia tackled this tricky search with determination. Drummond Read presented us with some excellent candidates, which resulted in a key appointment for our business earlier this year. Julia has also helped us find a Toys and Collectables Specialist and a Pictures Cataloguer”

Jeremy Pattison, Managing Director Auctioneer and Furniture Specialist, Tennants Auctioneers

“We have used a number of recruitment consultants specialised in the art world before but have only ever been totally satisfied with the services of Drummond Read. Julia’s understanding of our needs was obvious from the start and her care and attention during the process of recruitment was very reassuring.”

Stuart Lochead, Managing Director, Daniel Katz Ltd

“I have been using the services of Art//Work Recruitment for the past 3 years. In this time Nina Langford has assisted us in effectively placing excellent staff within our galleries. Nina has always presented me with quality candidates, been very professional and most importantly been discreet and sensitive to our requirements. I would highly recommend Art//Work Recruitment to any company looking for quality staff.”

Robert Holzberger, Director of Operations, Victoria Miro Gallery

“With her art world background Nina quickly understands our specific requirements when undertaking a recruitment project and provides valuable input into defining the candidate profile. From working together she has gained a good feel for the culture of the organisation and consequently the quality of the CVs we receive is a close match to our needs which leads to an efficient and streamlined process. She is thorough in her approach, always available and keeps in touch after successful candidates have been appointed. I have no hesitation to recommend her to other organisations.”

Tim Jones, Director of Finance and Administration, Hauser & Wirth

“Nina has sourced a number of excellent candidates for us over the past three years. Her first hand experience of the commercial art world coupled with a intuitive yet rigorous approach means she consistently presents shortlists of the highest calibre. I would recommend her services to any organisation wishing to build a great team.”

Cassie Vaughan, Director of Operations, Timothy Taylor

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