We are incredibly grateful for the support we receive to the Annual Fund. From £5 to £5,000, every gift counts and makes a huge difference.
Philanthropy now comprises nearly a third of The Courtauld’s annual income and it is key to our success worldwide. The more financial support The Courtauld receives, the better equipped we are to develop new international initiatives and increase our global profile. This in turn helps to attract the highest quality students and secure loans for exhibitions from the best collections around the world.
Thanks to your support, The Courtauld occupies a more prominent position on the world stage than ever before.
How much was donated in 2013/14?
For the academic year beginning on the 1 August 2013 and ending on the 31 July 2014, The Courtauld Annual Fund received donations from 503 supporters. A total of £107,942 was received. This total includes tax reclaimed from Gift Aid of £12,227.
Every year, we give donors the opportunity to decide what area of our work they wish to support. Here is how the funds raised in 2013/14 were allocated:
GREATEST NEED £91,467
We are very grateful for unrestricted donations to the Annual Fund, as they provide The Courtauld with the flexibility to spend the money where the need is greatest.
This year, donations given to the greatest need were allocated to supporting our digital media team. In our fast paced digital world, The Courtauld website is very often the first point of contact for those who wish to study or visit The Courtauld and it enables us to connect and engage with new audiences globally. Donations supported the maintenance of our current digital assets and the development of exciting new plans for our website.
One important area of our website which has been developed over the last few years and requires ongoing funding is The Art and Architecture database. This is available for anyone to browse online and it includes the complete collection of over 7,000 digitised drawings, our collection of paintings and a selection of prints, as well as photographic material from the Conway Library. The Art and Architecture database is an excellent resource which allows global access to our world-class collections, including items not normally on display.
Greatest need donations also contributed to running The Courtauld’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE is a vital resource for our students, giving access to all course materials online, as well as covering all other areas of student support.
We must ensure that our digital resources are fit for purpose to support The Courtauld’s vast range of activities, if we are to maintain our global status. Therefore we have been working over the past year on how we can improve our digital offer, making sure our website is easy to navigate for a specific purpose, but is also engaging and inspiring, so that visitors will be encouraged to explore and learn more about The Courtauld. More news to follow over the next few months – watch this space!
Many Courtauld students would not be able to complete their studies were it not for the generosity of Annual Fund donors.
In 2013/14, Austėja Mackelaitė received support from the Annual Fund scholarship. Austėja did her BA History of Art at The Courtauld, graduating in 2010, and has now just completed the first year of her PhD.
Austėja’s PhD investigates the importance of ancient sculpture to Netherlandish artists who travelled to Rome during the sixteenth century, with the explicit goal of studying Classical art, and used drawing as a way of recording their daily encounters. Austėja’s research analyses these surviving sketches as instances of the Northern artists’ evolving attitudes towards Antiquity, and situates them within the broader historical context of the rediscovery of ancient art both North and South of the Alps.
During her first year, Austėja has also worked in The Courtauld’s Prints and Drawings room and has helped to organise the sixth Early Modern Symposium, titled The Intelligent Hand, 1500 -1800. In the 2014/15 academic year she has been selected as a scholar in-residence by the British School at Rome, so she will be moving to the Eternal City for 9 months.
TEACHING AND RESEARCH £3,386
THE COURTAULD GALLERY £1,107
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The Courtauld Institute of Art
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