14-18 NOW’s Waldman to head Art Fund
Jenny Waldman, director of the successful 14-18 NOW arts programme commemorating the First World, is to be the next director of Art Fund, the membership charity that supports museums and galleries and helps them to buy and display works of art.
She will succeed Stephen Deuchar in April.
Waldman was the creative producer of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, and from 1999-2011 she was public programmes consultant to the Somerset House Trust where she created the iconic ice rink and the highly successful outdoor concert and film seasons. She was made a CBE in 2017.
“She joins a thriving organisation with an expanding membership and ever-increasing influence in the UK arts and museums sector” said the Art Fund’s chairman Lord Smith, the former culture secretary Chris Smith. “Her experience of working with artists and museums, and her outstanding track record at a national level, will be invaluable as we take on the challenges of the future’.”
He said Lord Smith the Art Fund’s membership now stands at 159,000, up from 151,000 in January 2019, a rise of 5%.
“Art Fund plays a crucial role in supporting museums and galleries across the UK and the opportunity to build on the impressive work that Stephen Deuchar and his team have done over the past decade is inspiring” said Waldman.