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Andrew has been Director of Art UK since 2003. He has responsibility for the management and strategic direction of the organisation and plays a major role in fundraising for the charity. He was instrumental in transforming the organisation from being a publisher of hardcopy catalogues of oil paintings in public ownership to being the digital platform for the nation’s art collection.
Developing partnership relationships has been a major focus for him including successful collaborations with the BBC, Oxford University Press, the Paul Mellon Centre, the Guardian and most recently Bloomberg Philanthropies. He sits on the AHRC’s Towards a National Collection Steering Committee and until recently was a Trustee of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Previously he worked at investment bank Robert Fleming, subsequently part of JP Morgan Chase, in London and Tokyo. In the distant past he read Economics at the University of Cambridge.
Art UK – Bringing together the nation’s art collection on one platform
The presentation will explore the benefits and challenges of bringing together the UK’s national collection of art on one digital platform. Art UK shows art by 50,000 artists, including approaching 10,000 living artists. Over 3,300 UK institutions are represented, making it one of the largest arts partnerships in Britain. Digitising at scale; building relationships with multiple collections; telling compelling stories about art and artists; running an art detective agency; supporting schools learning; providing a shared e-commerce platform for museums; planning digital volunteering and crowdsourcing opportunities; and involving museums in the platform’s governance – are among the topics that will be covered.