THANK YOU: ANNUAL FUNDS HELP THE COURTAULD EXCEL
The reduction of the government’s teaching grant that goes directly to support the teaching of undergraduate students is confirmed and, like all other universities, the Courtauld has responded by reviewing its finances and operations to establish the way forward.
Philanthropic support for the Courtauld has, therefore, never been more important or more gratefully received.
It is because of the generosity of its alumni and friends that the Courtauld continues to thrive. This newsletter comes with huge thanks for your support of the most recent Annual Fund appeal 2010/11.
HOW MUCH WAS DONATED IN 2010/11?
By 31 July 2011, the Courtauld Annual Fund had received donations totalling £107,717.36 with Gift Aid. Across the 2010/11 academic year, an amazing 496 donors supported the Courtauld Annual Fund, with half the donors being Courtauld alumni and the remainder from generous friends.
Donations attracted £35,851.66 in matched funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England which will be added to the Courtauld’s endowment.
Allocation of Annual Fund gifts
Our supporters have the option to direct funds to an area of their personal interest in a range of categories. Contributions have, therefore, been allocated as follows:
GREATEST NEED £93,278.01
The gift of unrestricted funding to an area of greatest need at the Courtauld is invaluable. The majority of our supporters allocated their gift to ‘greatest need’. This year the Courtauld’s director, Professor Deborah Swallow, proposed that donations in support of greatest need together with £1,092.46 designated for teaching and research be allocated to the Courtauld’s Slide Library.
The Courtauld Slide Library collection contains more than 200,000 slides covering a range of subjects from painting, sculpture and architecture to illuminated manuscripts, prints and decorative arts. The library itself is an essential and invaluable resource used by Courtauld academics for teaching and research purposes as well as by students. Annual funds contributed to a programme of digitising the Slide Library’s collection which is now well advanced, preserving the images for future generations.
Since 1989, when the Courtauld Institute of Art moved into its new home in Somerset House, the Slide Library collection has easily doubled in size. It remains the largest art history slide collection in Britain, if not Europe, and houses important sub-collections gifted from donors such as the British Council from the 1960s to 2002. The library is now housed beside the Courtauld’s Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre in the eaves of the East Wing roof. As well as housing multiple wooden bureau cabinets fitted to hold glass and plastic mounted slides, the library is now home to two specialist slide scanners which are in almost constant use to scan slides to create a digital image and then crop, treat, sharpen and catalogue the digital file.
Scholarship donations from the Annual Fund are currently supporting Francesca Whitlum-Cooper to allow her to take up her PhD place. Francesca graduated with a degree in English Literature from Cambridge and has studied at the Courtauld under the tutelage of Professor David Solkin. She was awarded an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York where she assisted with an exhibition of eighteenth-century pastel portraits and the PhD proposal she put forward will see her work on itinerant pastellists.
Annual Funds directed to the libraries contributed to opening the Book Library (and IT Centre) during the evening and on Saturdays during term-time, allowing access for Courtauld students, academics and other approved Reader cardholders alike who are unable to visit the Book Library in daytime hours during the week.
Annual Fund donors who elected to support the Courtauld’s libraries also assisted in the purchase of new material such as Color Moves – Art & Fashion by abstract painter and colourist Sonia Delaunay as well as Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 which collects the Chinese artist’s online entries into a printed compilation.
THE COURTAULD GALLERY £1,982.50
Between March and June 2011, The Courtauld Gallery renovated the rooms on the first floor and prepared a fresh display of the collection. Annual Fund gifts directed to the Gallery were allocated to this project. During the project, floors were sanded, walls painted and new panels introduced to give in-depth information about highlight paintings and encourage a closer look.
The whole team worked tirelessly to ensure that the refurbished rooms look their absolute best. Curators, conservators and many others adjusted paintings, added new labels, cleaned cases and installed lights. Annual Fund donors are encouraged to pop in when they make their next gallery visit.
The Department of Conservation and Technology allocated their Annual Fund donations to support student research projects. Recent projects have included an investigation of water sensitivity in oil paint swatches from the middle of the 20th century to the year 2000, and an investigation of selected 19th – 21st century paintings, studying moisture gradients and the development of efflorescence.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE COURTAULD