Stephen Deuchar to Resign as Director of UK’s Art Fund in 2020

Stephen Deuchar to Resign as Director of UK’s Art Fund in 2020

After ten years at the helm of the UK’s Art Fund, Stephen Deuchar announced that he will be stepping down as director on March 31, 2020. Deuchar joined the organization following his tenure as the first director of Tate Britain in London from 1998 to 2010. The chair of the charitable organization’s board of trustees, Lord Smith of Finsbury, called Deuchar an “inspiring director who has led Art Fund through perhaps the most successful decade in its history.”Under Deuchar’s leadership, the Art Fund doubled its membership through the introduction of the National Art Pass, increased its grant giving in range and volume, provided UK museums with more than $50 million for the acquisition of artworks, saved the Wedgwood Collection of more than 80,000 artworks, ceramics, manuscripts, photographs, and documents amassed by master potter Josiah Wedgwood—which it donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum—and commissioned new contemporary artworks, including Rachel Whiteread’s Tree of Life for the Whitechapel Gallery, Katrina Palmer’s Coffin Jump at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Jeremy Deller’s Peterloo monument in Manchester.Deuchar also oversaw the reorganization of Art Fund’s staff, structure, and offices, which moved to its new headquarters in Granary Square in 2014, and the establishment of Art Happens, a crowdfunding platform that UK museums can use free of charge. The initiative has successfully raised funds for projects at thirty-eight institutions. Currently, Art Fund is working on the development of a new service that will inform its members of hundreds of cultural events taking place in museums across the UK.Commenting on his directorship, Deuchar said: “I have relished my time here, but after ten years I want to try new things, both in the culture sector (for example I have recently joined the board of the British Council) and beyond, and I look forward to these fresh opportunities immensely. I realize that as a place to work the Art Fund will be hard to match: it’s a great institution, with a fine chair and board of trustees, and a senior management team and staff of exceptional talent. I feel privileged to have been entrusted with leading us through a phase of significant development and modernization.”
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