Somerset & Wood are hiring!

Art Researcher / Writer

Freelance, part time (2 days per week), paid

We are looking for enthusiastic freelance researchers/writers to join our small team. The role will predominantly involve researching and writing sales listings for our website. The ideal candidate will be a confident and versatile writer, able to produce copy to a set brief. Please note that the role will involve working in-house at our offices in Holt near Bradford on Avon. Holt is a semi-rural location and own means of transport is essential.

Main duties

Researching works of art and artists

Identifying artwork age and style, and assessing relative value

Writing accurate and engaging sales copy for publication on our website

Condition reporting

Writing copy for weekly company newsletter

Knowledge, skills and experience


Educated to degree level in Art History

Fluent in written and spoken English

Good, broad art-historical knowledge

Strong writing and research skills

Meticulous accuracy and attention to detail

Competence in basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, online research, data entry)

Conscientious and flexible approach

Ability to work well in a small team


Knowledge of 19th/early 20th-century British art

Good British general knowledge

Experience of writing for web

Experience of writing sales and marketing copy

Commercial art experience

Summary Terms and Conditions

Hours and pay will be flexible and can be discussed in more detail at interview.

This position would be an excellent introduction to the commercial art industry for a suitable candidate who is looking for a flexible post in which they are able to utilise their writing and research skills.

Note that successful first round candidates will be sent a short written exercise for completion and return before being asked for interview.

Applications by CV and covering letter are to be sent to Olivia Nicholls at

The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 31 January 2018


Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applicants individually.