Issue 119/12, 01.12.2019
Comings and goings in the museum world
London-based visual arts organisation Iniva has appointed Sepake Angiama as its artistic director. She has previously held positions at the Hayward Gallery, Turner Contemporary and most recently as curator of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019.
Southbank Centre’s head of public programming Tamsin Ace has joined the Geffrye Museum, London, as director of creative programmes and collections.
The London Design Biennale has recruited Victoria Broackes as director. A former senior curator in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s department of theatre and performance, she was head of the London Design Festival at the V&A from 2009 to 2018. Broackes will take over from Will Sorrell, who is relocating to Canada.
Frederick Hohler has stepped down as chair of the board of Watercolour World, an online collection of digitised watercolour paintings. The role will be taken up by Charles Saumarez Smith, who is the senior director of the gallery BlainSouthern. Hohler will retain his place on the board.
Catherine Goodman, Tony Hall and Stuart Roden have been appointed trustees at the National Gallery. London. Goodman is an artist, educator and the founding artistic director of the Royal Drawing School. Hall has been the director-general of the BBC since April 2013 and is a former chief executive of the Royal Opera House. Roden was chairman of investment management partnership Lansdowne Partners until January 2019.
The National Trust has appointed its first national curator for photography collections. Catherine Troiano will be responsible for 500,000 photographic objects spanning 250 venues. She joins the National Trust from the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she was the curator of photographs.
Polly Staple has been appointed director of collection, British Art, at Tate. She has been director of Chisenhale Gallery in London since 2008. Staple was formerly director of Frieze Projects (2002-06) and editor at large of Frieze magazine (2003-08). She will succeed Ann Gallagher.
The John Ellerman Foundation has named Sufina Ahmad as director. She was previously corporate strategy manager at the City of London Corporation.
John Procter has been appointed chairman of the Royal Armouries, which has three UK museums. He is the managing director of a national optical business and was a member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party from November 2016 to July 2019.