The generosity of The Courtauld’s Annual Fund donors helps shape the work that we do. This report offers some examples of how donations are used to benefit The Courtauld Institute of Art.
Donations from our alumni and other supporters ensure that each new generation of Courtauld students enjoys a world-class education, enhancing all of the work that takes place within The Courtauld, the Gallery and beyond.
As a result of your support, The Courtauld continues to thrive. This newsletter comes with our heartfelt thanks for your donations to the most recent Annual Fund appeal.
HOW MUCH WAS DONATED IN 2011/12?
For the academic year beginning on the 1 August 2011 and ending on the 31 July 2012, The Courtauld Annual Fund received donations from 370 supporters. A total of £105,854.63 was received. This total includes tax reclaimed from Gift Aid of nearly £10,000 (£9,703.50) and £11,595 donated across just a few days as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2011, a special matched funding opportunity designed to encourage and reward online donors, in which we are participating again in December 2012.
Allocation of Annual Fund gifts
Donors have the option to direct funds to an area of interest within a range of categories. Contributions have been allocated as follows:
GREATEST NEED £90,085.33
Thanks to the support of donors to The Courtauld Annual Fund who allocated their combined gifts (totalling £90,085.33) to wherever the need is greatest, together with a group of Annual Fund supporters who requested their donations (totalling £2,059.88) benefit teaching and research, The Courtauld has received £92,145.21. This sum has been used to commission and complete the first phase of a ‘space utilisation study’, carried out by John McAslan and Partners, one of the UK’s leading architectural practices. One of the practice’s most significant recent projects is the extensive redevelopment of London King’s Cross railway station, making the McAslan team well placed to work within the context of The Courtauld’s Somerset House home, a Grade 1 listed building.
In the short term, the space utilisation project will improve student provision, in order to continue to attract the very best students. Looking further ahead, the project will allow us to make working conditions better and to attract and keep the very best scholars and academics. The project will also ensure the long-term care of The Courtauld Gallery collections, by improving storage and display.
Since 1989, when The Courtauld moved from its former premises in Portman Square to the North Wing of Somerset House, The Courtauld Gallery, Book Library and the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre have undergone substantial refurbishment. Space has also been created for the Research Forum and its extensive programme of conferences and seminars in the history of art, conservation and museum studies.
The Courtauld wishes to build upon what has already been achieved, bringing spaces used for academic activity, students and conservation up to the best possible standards. Over the years, spaces have been reallocated to suit evolving needs but with the introduction of the space utilisation study, The Courtauld will take a strategic view of the potential for The Courtauld to grow within our existing spaces and, if so, by how much.
Many Courtauld students would not be able to complete their studies were it not for the generosity of Annual Fund donors. In 2011/12, three postgraduate students were supported with the help of The Courtauld Annual Fund.
Francesca Whitlum-Cooper, a British student, continues her PhD research on “Itinerant Pastellists: Circuits of Movement in Eighteenth-Century Europe” under the academic supervision of Dr Katie Scott. She expects to complete her PhD in 2015.
Serena Martucci di Scafrizzi, a PhD student from Italy in the Wall Paintings Conservation Department, completed her second year of research on “Mamluk Wall Painting from 1250 to the end of the Bahri Dynasty (1381)”, supervised by Professor David Park. She hopes to complete her PhD next year.
Lily Foster, an American student, completed her MA in the History of Art with a special topic “Modernism in Britain 1890 – 1970”, under the tutelage of Professor Lisa Tickner. She now hopes to pursue curatorial work or a career in museum administration.
The Book Library’s Special Collections consist of a number of bequests from former members of staff and scholars who have been associated with The Courtauld. Thanks to generous funding from the Foyle Foundation, now augmented by Annual Fund contributions, we have secured two dedicated Special Collections Librarians who will unite more recent bequests with the existing rich and unique library. This will create an unrivalled study collection, available for students, scholars and visitors alike.
Annual Fund conservation supporters have this year made a contribution to our first conservation project in Georgia. This will be undertaken on wall paintings at the rock-cut monastery of Vardzia. Dating from 1184-86, the paintings feature a wide range of subjects and are of an extraordinary technical sophistication. However, the paintings are in alarming condition and require a delicate conservation process to be carried out.
THE COURTAULD GALLERY £963.76
Annual Fund donations in support of The Courtauld Gallery have contributed to a special display of nine etchings by Lucian Freud. The etchings were given to the Gallery by Freud’s close friend and fellow artist Frank Auerbach. The display will be in place until 13 January 2013, showcasing this significant addition to the Gallery’s 20th-century holdings.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE COURTAULD