The Art Fund’s director Stephen Deuchar is to step down in January after a decade in the role.
Deuchar joined the national art charity in 2010 after serving 12 years as the first director of Tate Britain. He was previously at Royal Museums Greenwich.
The Art Fund is a significant source of funding for museums and galleries in the UK. During Deuchar’s tenure, the charity introduced the National Art Pass, implemented a major fundraising operation and introduced several new grant-giving programmes, handing out around £40m to UK cultural institutions.
He was instrumental in the charity’s most successful ever fundraising campaign in 2014, when it worked with other stakeholders to raise £2m to save the Wedgwood Collection from being auctioned off.
Deuchar said: “I have relished my time here, but after 10 years I want to try new things, both in the culture sector (for example I have recently joined the board of the British Council) and beyond, and I look forward to these fresh opportunities immensely.
I realise that as a place to work the Art Fund will be hard to match: it’s a great institution, with a fine chair and board of trustees, and a senior management team and staff of exceptional talent. I feel privileged to have been entrusted with leading us through a phase of significant development and modernisation.”
Chris Smith, the chairman of the charity’s board of trustees, said: “Stephen has been an inspiring director who has led Art Fund through perhaps the most successful decade in its history. He will be greatly missed by all of us here, and by the museum curators and audiences across the country he has championed so energetically and effectively.”