Annual Fund 2017/18 - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Annual Fund 2017/18

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The Impact of Donations


This year, The Annual Fund raised over £150,000 enabling us to continue the philanthropic vision of our founder, Samuel Courtauld.

The Annual Fund was created to continue an unbroken commitment towards our founders’ belief in the power of art as central to the human experience. Our 412 donors who supported this year’s campaign have helped us to make a real difference in furthering our mission to increase access to the arts for all.

Thanks to our incredibly generous donors, The Courtauld was able to raise £151,579.77 for the Annual Fund. This is over £20,000 higher than we’ve ever achieved before, and we hope to remain on this path with the continued assistance from all of our supporters who give gifts of any size, ranging from £5.00 to over £5,000. Every gift, whatever size, is significant to us and we are immensely grateful to you all for your support.

We would particularly like to voice our appreciation to our wonderful alumni, who composed of over 53 per cent of donors. The Courtauld Friends average gift size rose from around £165 in 2014/15 to an astonishing £333 in the 2016/17. We look forward to building on this significant engagement in 2017/18 with our alumni. Furthermore, the Samuel Courtauld Society total gifts made a magnificent jump from under £28,000 to over £35,000. These are just a few signs of the generosity and support provided by our wide base of donors. From parents of students to Courtauld staff members, every donation means a great deal and allows us to continue providing an excellent institution to teach and promote The Courtauld values.

Please will you help us make an even greater impact in 2018?

Your generosity allows The Courtauld to maintain its high standard of excellence and supports Courtauld’s core activities such as:

  • Scholarships for promising students
  • Conserving important works of art
  • Outstanding exhibitions
  • Ground breaking research
  • Projects in our specialist libraries
  • A public program which enables learners from all backgrounds to participate.

The Courtauld brings together world-class teaching and research in the history and conservation of art, combined with a remarkable art collection and Gallery program. We are unique in the UK in doing this.

At the heart of The Courtauld lies the will to provide access to the arts for all whilst striving for excellence. The Annual Fund plays a vital role in supporting these activities. The campaign for 2017/18 has already begun, and continues until the end of July – you can donate online or send a cheque.

Thank you very much.

Professor Deborah Swallow
Märit Rausing Director

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Austeja Mackelaite received a scholarship supported by the Annual Fund to undertake her PhD in Netherlandish artists. This would not have been possible without the generosity of all those who support the Annual Fund.

I’m originally from Lithuania and, at the age of nineteen, I was offered a place on The Courtauld BA course. As a Courtauld undergraduate I became fascinated by early modern Europe and wanted to pursue research at postgraduate level, but the cost of living in London made it difficult for me to see how I could afford to continue my education. However, thanks to a scholarship supported by the Annual Fund, what seemed impossible has become a reality and I’m now completing my PhD under the supervision of Professor Joanna Woodall.  My thesis investigates the Netherlandish artists who travelled to Rome during the Reformation period, recording their experiences through sketches and drawings. Thanks to the scholarship I received, I was able to follow in the footsteps of those Masters including a year in Italy studying their drawings in Italian collections and the ancient statues and monuments they depict.  I’ve benefited hugely from the outstanding teaching at The Courtauld in the History and Conservation of Art and am proud to be part of its global community which means I can share my research with audiences all over the world. I was recently invited to speak at an important international conference in Canada on Sixteenth Century Society.  The Courtauld has given me access to a world-class education and exceptional resources. The Annual Fund supports all these activities and I would encourage you to support it. Every gift, no matter the amount, helps.

Thank you very much indeed.

Austėja Mackelaitė
Courtauld PhD Student and Scholar

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Dr Barnaby Wright, Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art (BA, MA, PhD 1996 – 2004) shares this impact of philanthropy on the Gallery during his ten years as a curator.

As a curator at The Courtauld for over ten years, it’s been thrilling to witness The Gallery flourish.The programme has expanded and been seen by a record number of visitors. This would not have been possible without philanthropic support. Nowhere else in London can you encounter the best works by Botticelli, Manet and Auerbach under one roof and the largest collection of Cézannes in the UK – not to mention a gallery dedicated to master drawings, and many other treasures. Courtauld students benefit first-hand from these exceptional resources as do learners from all backgrounds who participate in our public programme.

Iconic works are displayed in a magnificent yet intimate setting but it’s also a place to make discoveries; visitors often leave with a new favourite artist. In recent years, a series of research-led exhibitions has extended to projects with contemporary artists and been highly acclaimed. I’m proud that they prove so popular (regularly featuring in the top ten best) whilst also embodying the scholarly excellence that defines The Courtauld.

The ambitions of The Courtauld outweigh its small team and none of this is possible without our unparalleled network of supporters. Your commitment is essential and deeply appreciated.

Dr Barnaby Wright
Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art

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Undergraduate Hannah Dixon explains how The Courtauld's widening participation programme helped her discover Art History and encouraged her to go to university.

Hi, I’m Hannah Dixon, an undergraduate in History of Art at The Courtauld.

I was lucky enough to find out about The Courtauld’s Art History Summer University from my art teacher at school. The programme offers sixth form students at non-selective schools like mine a chance to find out more about Art History and what it might be like to study it as an undergraduate.  I was very excited to be accepted on to the programme which gave me a glimpse of the Courtauld community and university life. The experience cemented my love of Art History and encouraged me to think about life after A-levels.  I decided to apply to study it and you can imagine how thrilled I was when I was offered a place at The Courtauld!

I’m now in my third year here. My BA studies have given me a broad insight into a wide range of periods and styles in art, from classical to contemporary, and the theory-led courses introduced me to entirely new aspects of the field. Having been taught by specialists and attended lectures by leading academics and art historians from all over the world, this feels like the best institution to have studied in. Alongside all this is the beautiful Courtauld Gallery with its renowned collection – an invaluable resource for my studies – and the specialist book and image libraries.

The many opportunities that I’ve been offered inspired me to become a widening participation ambassador for The Courtauld. Working on programmes for 16 -19 year olds, I help spread the word about the courses we run for young people to introduce them to Art History.  With your gift we can continue to offer innovative and engaging projects, helping us connect with students all over the UK who would not otherwise experience the enriching subject of History of Art.

Thank you very much.

Hannah Dixon
3rd Year BA and Student Ambassador

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Alumnus and Chairman of The Courtauld Association, Stuart Lochhead has remained involved with The Courtauld since he graduated in 1994.

Studying at The Courtauld shaped every aspect of my life. I know, too, from fellow alumni that it has led many others on their own successful career paths. Thanks to an exceptional education in Art History and Conservation, many Courtauld students go on to become future leaders in their specialist fields, thus underpinning the museum and gallery sector all over the world. That’s why I feel it’s important to give back.

From providing scholarships and research grants to giving access to students in urgent need access to a newly newly-created hardship fund, the Annual Fund is essential in ensuring that The Courtauld continues to thrive.

One of the things I like most is the feeling that I belong to a community – made up of Courtauld alumni, friends, patrons and donors and of course students, staff and researchers. As part of this community, I hope you will join me in strengthening the position of this unique institution through a gift to the Annual Fund.

Thank you very much.

Stuart Lochhead (BA 1994)

Chairman of the The Courtauld Association

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Please donate now

  • Donate online
  • Send a cheque made payable to: ‘The Courtauld Institute of Art Fund’
    The Annual Fund Campaign
    The Courtauld Institute of Art
    Development Dept.
    Somerset House
    London WC2R 0RN.
  • Call 020 3751 0547 to make a donation by credit or debit card over the telephone.
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