Tennae Maki


The basis of my PhD research centres on visual artists as business practitioners and economic policies directed at making the art world more transparent. This project is largely informed by empirical data and is rooted in establishing a connection of precedents as a means to create a cohesive model of artist-entrepreneurship. I am also interested in foundations and trusts, established by artists as means to further their influence in the art market, and the relationships these institutions have with government systems.

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 entrepreneurship
  • cultural policy
  • post Capitalism and labour
  • art market history


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