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Art360: The Gift and its Legacy

  • Goldsmiths, University of London London, SE14 6AD United Kingdom (map)
Henry Moore


Since 2008, public funding for the visual arts in the UK has declined significantly to meet austerity targets across national and local governments. This has led to the dramatic transformation of traditional funding models. Philanthropy and sponsorship is now actively sought, while organisations in the sector are introducing revenue-based business options in order to remain viable. 

Hosted by DACS Foundation and Goldsmiths, University of London, 'Art360: The Gift and its Legacy' will explore two emerging trends in this new funding environment. Artists and artists' estates are increasingly supporting the visual arts as champions and donors themselves, while galleries and collectors are beginning to gift artworks from their private collections to the nation. 

The conference is the first public event of Art360, exploring best practice around capturing, curating and disseminating knowledge about the crucial importance of safeguarding the cultural heritage of British artists. Chaired by Richard Noble, Head of the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, it will bring together museums, galleries, artists, funding bodies and donors to examine and provoke discussion around the importance and long-term impact of donations.


Programme and speakers

10.00  Registration and refreshments

10.30  Welcome

  • Keir McGuinness, Chair, DACS Foundation
  • Richard Noble, Head of the Department of Art, Goldsmiths

10.35  Keynote: The Artist’s Legacy and Establishing an Artist’s Foundation

  • How has the legacy of the gift of Henry Moore changed in the last decade?
  • What is the role of the artist foundation?
  • Speakers: Rudy Capildeo, Senior Solicitor, Goodman Derrick LLP and Mary Moore, co-founder of the Henry Moore Foundation

11.00  Session one: The Contemporary Gift for National Benefit (Part one)

  • Goldsmiths Gallery: Artists as Philanthropists
  • Speakers: Michael Craig-Martin, artist and Richard Noble, Head of the Department of Art, Goldsmiths

11.30  Refreshment break

11.45  Session one: The Contemporary Gift for National Benefit (Part two)

  • How does the Art Fund inspire public participation in gifts for national benefit?
  • How are the works the Art Fund saves for the nation exhibited?
  • Speakers: Natasha Howes, Senior Curator, Manchester Art Gallery; John Leslie, Exhibition Project Manager, National Portrait Gallery and Sarah Philp, Head of Programmes, Art Fund

12.15  Lunch

13:15  Session two: Working with Collections and Archives

  • Is the opportunity of working with collections and archives a gift?
  • Speakers: Emily Butler, Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator, Whitechapel Gallery; James Green, Director, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Dr. Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections, The National Archives

13.45  Session three: The Legacy Lessons

  • How can artists create a living legacy?
  • What is the hierarchy of stakeholders in an artist’s legacy?
  • Speakers: Christine J. Vincent, Project Director, The Aspen Institute (via FaceTime) and Mark Waugh, Head of Research and Innovation, DACS

14.15  Refreshment break

14.30  Panel discussion and Q&A: How has the art market impacted on the politics of the gift?

  • Chair: Mark Waugh, Head of Research and Innovation, DACS
  • Speakers: Ann Gallagher, Director of Collection (British Art), Tate; Dr. Simon Sheikh, Senior Lecturer in Curating, Programme Manager, Goldsmiths; Dr. Kirstie Skinner, Director, Outset Scotland; and Dr. Loretta Würtenberger, Director, The Institute for Artists’ Estates, and author of forthcoming publication ‘The Artist’s Estate: a Handbook for Artists, Executors, and Heirs’

15.15  Conclusions: The Future of the Artist’s Legacy

  • Chair: Richard Noble, Head of the Department of Art, Goldsmiths
  • Speakers: Keir McGuinness, Chair, DACS Foundation and Gilane Tawadros, Chief Executive, DACS

15.45  End

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Top image: Henry Moore in his studio Perry Green c. 1953-54, with working model plasters for Upright Internal External Form (r.) and the elmwood carving in progress (l.) © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015.

All other images taken at the Art360: The Gift and its Legacy. Photography © Brian Benson, 2016.