Steven Parissien is leaving Compton Verney after almost a decade at the helm. Image: Compton Verney

Compton Verney director steps down

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 10.09.2018
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The director of Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire, Steven Parissien, is stepping down in November after almost a decade in the role.

During his tenure, Parissien oversaw a number of significant changes at the gallery, including the conservation and restoration of elements of the gallery's Grade II Capability Brown-designed grounds, and the construction of a new visitor centre.

Visitor numbers almost doubled during his time in the role, and last year the gallery became one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations.

Under Parissien, the gallery's education and learning team also developed an extensive outreach programme for schools, children's centres, care homes and other local groups, with a focus on enabling under-engaged and under-represented groups to access high-quality artistic experiences.

Parissien curated several of the gallery's temporary exhibitions, including Turner and Constable (2013), Britain in the Fifties (2016) and the upcoming autumn exhibition, Whistler and Nature, which opens on 20 October.

Parissien said: "I've loved my time here, and can look back on my record with a good deal of pride and satisfaction. It has been challenging, but it has been a privilege and great fun. Compton Verney is a vibrant place, with dedicated and exceptionally talented staff, a diverse programme of engaging exhibitions that appeal to all, and a wide range of activities for the local community.

"I'm sad to leave, but I feel now is the right time to immerse myself in a new environment with fresh challenges."

The gallery is in the process of recruiting a new director.

Parissien has been appointed executive director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada.

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Mark Barrett
Student / MA Transformer, University of East Anglia
11.09.2018, 21:54
When I am older and more experienced, I hope I have the privilege of doing a plush job like that.