Tennae Maki

Tennae Maki


The basis of my PhD research centres on art production through the lens of value creation and generative capital. This project is largely informed by my interest in repositioning art as a natural resource for social innovation and commerce. It also builds upon my want in establishing a new framework for artistic autonomy and ownership through the perspectives of a global economy. 

Prior to my studies in Leeds, I worked for several galleries and artists in New York City for over a decade. It was there that I curated exhibitions, oversaw gallery operations, and collaborated with artist estates and collections. I also restored and catalogued decades of historic artist and writer interviews in partnership with university libraries at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

Research interests

  • artist autonomy and ownership
  • cultural policy
  • art production and value creation
  • art market history
  • digital sociology


  • BS (hons) Journalism
  • MA Art History, Criticism, and Theory