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2018 Patron

Art UK is delighted to appoint Cornelia Parker RA as the first Art UK Annual Patron.

The British sculptor and installation artist is the first of a series of Annual Patrons, drawn from the art and museum world, who we will appoint to help promote our work as the digital platform for the UK’s publicly funded art collections.

Having an artist as our Patron underlines the importance of our work, which includes showcasing the art of some 40,000 artists.

Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker

'I am hugely honoured to have been asked to be Art UK’s first Annual Patron. Their work to raise the profile of less well-known artists in UK public collections has immeasurable value. I am so happy they are now turning to sculpture and look forward to supporting them in 2018!' – Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker RA is well known for her large-scale, often site-specific, installations. Her engagement with the fragility of existence and the transformation of matter is exemplified in two key works: Dark Matter, a suspended reconstruction of a garden shed blown up for the artist by the British Army, and Heart of Darkness, the formal arrangement of charred remains from a forest fire.

For the Metropolitan Museum NY annual roof commission 2015, she created Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) a reconstruction of Hitchcock’s Psycho house made from an old red barn.

Parker works in a variety of mediums and has collaborated with institutions such as HM Customs & Excise, Royal Armouries, Madame Tussauds and HM Prisons. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010. In 2017, she was the official General Election artist appointed by the Speaker’s cross-party committee.



Charles Gregson (Chairman)
Non-Executive Chairman, Nex Group plc

Vicky Barnsley (Howard), OBE
Executive Chairman of Castle Howard Estate Ltd, and Trustee of English Heritage

Rana Begum

Bob and Roberta Smith, OBE

Camilla Eden-Davies
Group Account Director, WCRS at The Engine Group

Professor David Ekserdjian
Professor of Art History, University of Leicester

George Entwistle
Former Senior Executive, BBC

Clare Lilley
Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Bob Lisney, OBE
Trustee, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association

Thomas Marks
Editor of Apollo magazine

Graham Southern
Founding Director, Blain|Southern

Kim Streets
Chief Executive, Museums Sheffield


Senior Management

Andrew Ellis Director

Katey Goodwin Deputy Director


Advisors and steering panel

The Art UK Advisory Board and Steering Panels, comprising representatives from national and regional museums, the BBC and other organisations, play a key role in guiding the Art UK team.



Art UK Advisory Board

Jonty Claypole Director, BBC Arts

Alison Cole Independent Consultant, formerly on the ACE Executive Board

Caroline Collier Consultant and coach; former Director of Partnerships and Programmes, Tate

Simon Groom Director, Scottish National Museum of Modern Art

Sarah Levitt Formerly Head of Arts and Museums, Leicester City Council

Avril Martindale Intellectual Property Rights Partner, Freshfields

Sarah Phillips Head of History of Art, Godalming Sixth Form College

Dr Mia Ridge Digital Curator, The British Library; former Chair of the Museums Computer Group

Kathleen Soriano Independent curator, broadcaster and Chair of Liverpool Biennial

Iain Watson Director, Tyne and Wear Museums and Galleries


Art UK Steering Panel

Tom Bilson Head of Digital Media, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Nigel Blackamore Senior Curator, Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery

Lucinda Blaser Senior Product Manager, National Gallery

Emma Chaplin Director, Association of Independent Museums

Adrian Cooper Director, Intelligent Heritage; Art UK Technology Advisor

Graham Davies Digital Programmes Manager, National Museum Wales

Christopher Ganley Digital Content Manager, National Galleries Scotland

Kevin Gosling Chief Executive, Collections Trust

Martin Grimes Web Manager, Manchester Art Gallery

Rebecca Hill Exhibitions and Collections Coordinator, Gallery Oldham

Susanna Hillhouse Collections Manager, National Trust for Scotland

Anra Kennedy Content and Partnership Director, Culture24

Lauren Marshall Hall Manager and Audience Development Officer, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York

Kim Mawhinney Head of Art, National Museums Northern Ireland

Judith Nichol Knowledge Partnerships Manager, BBC

Christopher Parry Museum Community Officer, Merthyr Leisure Trust

Alex Pilcher Front End Developer, Tate

Anne Pritchard Senior Curator: Historic Art, National Museum Wales

Tessa Quinn Digital specialist

Gabriella de la Rosa Lead Editor, Curatorial Content Online, National Trust Collections

David Saywell Head of Digital Programmes, National Portrait Gallery

John Stack Head of Digital, Science Museum

Mona Walsh Head of Digital Communications, National Gallery


Sculpture Steering Panel

Professor David Ekserdjian (Chairman) Professor of Art History, University of Leicester

Professor Malcolm Baker Distinguished Professor, University of California, Riverside (on sabbatical in London)

Ann Compton Honorary Research Fellow History of Art, University of Glasgow; Project Originator, Director and Editor (Mapping Sculpture); Research Consultant (Mobilising Mapping)

Richard Deacon Sculptor

Dr Patrick Elliott Senior Curator, National Galleries of Scotland

Katherine Eustace, FSA Editor, The Sculpture Journal; Trustee, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA)

Donald Johnston International Department Head of Sculpture, Christie’s

Lisa Le Feuvre Head of Sculpture Studies, Henry Moore Institute

Bob Lisney, OBE Trustee, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA)

Dr Temi Odumosu, MPhil, PhD (Cantab) Art Historian, Independent Curator and Educationalist

Dr Rupert Shepherd FSA Collection Information Manager, National Gallery

Greg Sullivan Curator, British Art 1750–1830, Tate

Dr Marjorie Trusted, FSA Formerly Senior Curator of Sculpture, V&A; Co-Investigator (Mapping Sculpture)

Dr Jeremy Warren Formerly Collections and Academic Director, The Wallace Collection

Robert Wenley Head of Collections and Learning, Barber Institute of Fine Art

Jonathan Wood Research Curator, Henry Moore Institute; Project Partner (Mapping Sculpture)

Professor Alison Yarrington Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor of Art History, The University of Hull; Principal Investigator (Mapping Sculpture and Mobilising Mapping)


Audience Broadening Initiative Steering Panel

Lucie Fitton Head of Learning & Participation, The Audience Agency

Cliff Manning Participation and Engagement Manager, Children's Commissioner

Katie Moffat Head of Digital, The Audience Agency

Leyla Tahir ‎Digital Producer, Tate

Richard Turpin Head of Research, The Audience Agency


Art Detective Steering Panel (now retired)

Val Boa Curator, McLean Museum and Art Gallery

Adrian Cooper Director, Intelligent Heritage

Professor David Ekserdjian Professor of Art History, University of Leicester

Rupert Featherstone Director, Hamilton Kerr Institute; Assistant Director, Conservation, Fitzwilliam Museum

Dr Susan Foister Director of Collections and Deputy Director, National Gallery

Peter Funnell Curator of Nineteenth-Century Portraits and Head of Research Programmes, National Portrait Gallery

Andrew Greg Director, National Inventory Research Project; Honorary Research Fellow (History of Art), University of Glasgow 

Dr Bendor Grosvenor Independent Advisor

Dr Pat Hardy Head of Collections, Exhibitions and Displays at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art

Matthew Hargraves Curator for Collections Research and Head of Collections Information and Access, Yale Center for British Art

Professor Nigel Llewellyn Former Head of Research, Tate

Professor Robert Meyrick Head of the School of Art and Keeper of Art, Aberystwyth University

Ruth Shrigley Principal Manager: Collections Access, Manchester City Galleries


Permissions Portal Steering Panel (now retired)

Matthew Bailey Rights and Images Manager, National Portrait Gallery

Sue Barnard Relationship Manager Museums, Arts Council England

Ann Buky Licensing Consultant

Adrian Cooper Director, Intelligent Heritage

Bernard Horrocks Intellectual Property Manager, Tate

Naomi Korn Museum Copyright Consultant, Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy

Sarah Saunders Image Workflow, Keywording and Metadata Consultant, Electric Lane


Honorary trustees

Dr Frederick Hohler  Founder, Public Catalogue Foundation

Dr Alan Borg, CBE, FSA  Former Director, Victoria and Albert Museum

Robert Hiscox Former Chairman, Hiscox PLC

Charles Saumarez Smith, CBE Former Chief Executive, Royal Academy

Kate Trevelyan Former Managing Director, The Burlington Magazine