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Annual Fund 2009

Annual Fund 2009



The Courtauld Annual Fund was established in The Courtauld’s 75th anniversary year to contribute to The Courtauld’s £10m operating budget.  The Courtauld receives 35% of this budget from government sources but those sources have not kept pace with the rising costs of maintaining academic excellence.  Philanthropic sources provide a significant one-third of the budget, playing a critical role in helping The Courtauld fulfil its mission.



We are delighted to report that despite the difficult financial climate, Courtauld supporters were more generous than ever.  The 2009 appeal attracted a total of £49,448 in donations.  This sum will also attract additional matched funding from the Higher Education Funding Council of England (or HEFCE) of around £16,500 which will be directed to The Courtauld’s endowment fund.

The Courtauld is hugely grateful to all Annual Fund donors who included alumni, parents, staff, board members, as well as individuals already giving through membership programmes.

The Courtauld’s Director, Professor Deborah Swallow, allocated the contributions as follows:



Unrestricted donations are hugely valuable and the majority of supporters allocated their gift to this category.  A sum of £13,000 was allocated to student support – specifically for the work of The Courtauld’s Academic Support Officer and the Student Counsellor.  These two roles provide critical support for those students who feel under particular pressure during their course and require special help during the year.

The Courtauld’s home has now been at Somerset House for twenty years and keeping the teaching and research environment up to standard for staff, students and visiting academics in an historic building is a constant challenge.  Remaining funds were allocated to: essential repairs and purchases including remedial work on the only lift in the Institute which is in constant use as main access to the lecture theatre; replacement of damaged old lighting cables in the libraries to improve working lighting; the fitting of solar film to glass ceiling panels to reduce the build up of heat in the Student Café which is constant use; a change of critical UPS batteries for the IT servers to ensure that essential data is protected; and a major piece of work on the historic fabric in the vestibule between the Institute and the Gallery.



Funds were allocated to The Courtauld Gallery’s partnership with Buckinghamshire New University and this enabled a student from the university on the Conservation, Restoration and Decorative Arts course to undertake the complex conservation of an 18th century William & Mary marquetry chest of drawers in The Courtauld’s collection.  The remainder supported the costs of acquiring three new guilded frames for the public display of drawings from the collection.  The drawings had conservation treatment by Katherine Lockett (Conservator of Works on Paper).



The funds allowed The Courtauld to fill key areas in its collection of catalogue raisonné of major artists.  Volumes purchased were Gerd Woll’s four-volume work on Edvard Munch (each volume deals with a specific period of Munch’s creative life from 1880 to 1944) and Guy-Patrice Dauberville’s beautiful two-volume Renoir: catalogue raisonne des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles.



This sum contributed to the student travel budget, which enables students to visit key collections and works with their tutors as part of their studies.



We are delighted to report that the Annual Fund 2008 scholarship award of £3,000 has been made to Alexandra Burnett for academic year 2009/10.   The Annual Fund 2009 award of £539 will be made in 2010 for 2010/11 academic year.


“I am studying MA Curating the Art Museum with Martin Caiger-Smith in the hope of working in a curatorial field in the future. Since graduating from the University of Kent in 2008 with a First in History and Philosophy of Art I had been working for the V&A Museum of Childhood. I knew I really wanted to study at The Courtauld having heard such good things about the curating course and The Courtauld as a whole from friends who are former students.

Receiving a scholarship allowed me to accept a place on the course, and has given me the opportunity to study with likeminded people and gain important professional curatorial skills. Thank you!”

Alexandra Burnett – Courtauld Annual Fund Scholar 2009/10


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