Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture), Monash University 1997-1999.
Master of Arts Curatorship, Melbourne University, 2008-2010. Division)
Art Auctioneer and Art consultant, Leonard Joel Auctioneers. 2000-2002. Director, Port Jackson Press Australia, 2003 - 2019.
Director James Makin Gallery, 2003 – Current.
Member of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association, 2008- 2013.
Australian Commercial Galleries Association (ACGA) Victoria and Tasmania State Chair and National Board member, 2009-2010.
James Makin has over 20 years professional experience in the Australian contemporary Art-world. The founding Director James Makin Gallery, (2003) promoting excellence and innovation in contemporary art, holding diverse and exciting exhibitions, events, and forums to create opportunities for collectors and investors to meet with artists for discussion. The gallery holds between 10-14 curated exhibitions per year as well as attending domestic and international art fairs. Including. A capable public speaker and lecturer, Makin is available to speak on aspects of the art-world, such as collecting advice, valuations, artistic professional practice.
Through independent Advisory Makin also provides private and corporate services to many public, private and corporate collections. Makin is the art advisor to BHP and ANZ Banking group.