Venice Biennale, American Pavilion, June 2009

Courtauld alumni of all generations have gone on to find remarkable success in any number of fields.  From their successes as museum directors, curators, academics and conservators, as well as lawyers, publishers, journalists, musicians, politicians and teachers, our graduates are proof that a Courtauld degree is excellent preparation for the future.

The film produced for the Campaign for the Courtauld features a number of Courtauld alumni discussing how their education has shaped their lives. 
View the film.

While the success stories of alumni could fill a book, examples of some of our most distinguished graduates are listed below:

Art critics and presenters

Gabriel Coxhead, Journalist, critic and curator
Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art critic and presenter
Nick Hackworth, Art critic and founder, Paradise Row
Tim Marlow, Presenter and Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Art
Brian Sewell, Art critic
Alastair Sooke, Art critic and presenter


Art dealers and gallerists

Brian Allen, Chairman, Hazlitt Gooden and Fox
Dany Ardouin, Director, Helly Nahmad Gallery
John Austin, Director, Austin Desmond Fine Art
Charles Beddington, Director, Beddington Fine Art
Jack Bell, Founder, Jack Bell Gallery
Kristine Bell, Director and Partner, Zwirner & Wirth
Josephine Breese and Henry Little, Directors, Breese Little Gallery
Sam Chatterton Dickson, Director, Lisson Gallery
Bona Colonna Montagu, Director, Skarstedt Gallery
Elizabeth Denny, Director, Denny Gallery
Emmanuel di Donna, Director, Blain | DiDonna
Mira Dimitrova, Director, Robilant + Voena
Marc Domenech-Tomas, Owner, Galeria Oriol, Barcelona
John Elderfield, Chief Curator, Painting & Sculpture and Consultant, Gagosian Gallery
Jeremy Epstein, Director, Edel Assanti Gallery
Romilly Eveleigh, Director, Regina Gallery
Paula Feldman Sankoff, Director of Sales, Victoria Miro
Sam Fogg, Owner, Samuel Fogg Ltd
Michael Goedhuis, Owner, Goedhuis Contemporary
Cornelia Grassi, Director, Greengrassi
Beth Greenacre, Director, Rokeby Gallery
Angus Haldane, Founder, Haldane Fine Art
Sara Harrison, Director, Hauser & Wirth, London
James Hyman, Director, James Hyman Gallery
Gilbert Guy Lloyd, Director, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd
Stuart Lochhead, Director, Daniel Katz Ltd
Alma Luxembourg, Partner, Luxembourg & Dayan
Patrick Matthiesen, Director, Matthiesen Fine Art Ltd
Lucy Mitchell-Inness, Director, Mitchell-Inness & Nash
Emmanuel Moatti, Founder, Moatti Find Art
Helly Nahmad, Owner, Helly Nahmed Gallery
Flavia Ormond, Owner/Director, Flavia Ormond Fine Arts
Tania Sutton, Director, Osborne Samuel
Joanna Thornberry, Director, Lisson Gallery
Emily Tsingou, Owner, Emily Tsingou Fine Arts
Leslie Waddington, Director, Waddington Galleries
Helen Waters, Director, Alan Cristea Gallery
Clovis Whitfield, Owner, Whitfield Fine Art Ltd
Max Wigram, Director, Max Wigram Gallery


Artists and architects

Ron Bloore, Canadian abstract artist and teacher (deceased)
Jeremy Deller, 2004 Turner Prize Winner; 2013 UK Representative, Venice Biennale
Giacomo Faludi, Architect (deceased)
Alan Halliday, Artist
Chris Kenny, Artist

Jeff Wall, Artist


Art historians and academics

Dawn Ades, Professor Emeritus, History & Theory of Art, University of Essex
Wendy Baron, Art Historian and Former Director, Government Art Collection
Kathy Battista, Program Director, Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute, New York
Alan Bowness, art critic, academic and former Director of Tate
Christopher Breward, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art & Vice Principal
Creative Industries and Performing Arts, University of Edinburgh
Norman Bryson, Art historian
Malcolm Bull, Lecturer, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford
Rafael Cardoso, Brazilian writer and art historian
Nigel Carrington, Rector, University of the Arts London
Peter Cherry, Lecturer & Head of Art History Department, Trinity College Dublin
T J Clark, Art historian
Robin Cormack, classicist and Byzantine art historian
David Cottingdon, Professor of Modern Art History, Kingston University
Ilia Doronchenkov, Chair, History of Art, European University at St. Petersburg
Tamar Garb, Professor of History of Art, University College London
Cesar Guillen Nunez, Research Fellow and Art Historian, Macau Ricci Institute
Jos Hackforth-Jones, Director, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London
Mark Hallett, Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Charles Hope, Art Historian and Former Director, Warburg Institute
Deborah Howard, Professor of Art History, Unviersity of Cambridge
Neil Jackson, Professor of Architecture, University of Liverpool
Wu Jinding, Pre-eminent Chinese archaeologist (deceased)
Mark Jones, Master of St Cross College, Oxford
Holger Klein, Department Chair and Professor of Art History, Columbia University
Edward Lilley, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol
Marco Livingstone, Art Historian and Curator
Lydia Matthews, Dean of Academic Programs, The New School of Design
Andrew Morrall, Chair of Academic Programmes & Professor, Bard Graduate Center
John Onians, Professor Emeritus of World Art, University of East Anglia
John Osborne, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Carleton University
Catherine Petitgas, Art Historian, lecturer and translator
Joachim Pissarro, Professor of Art History & Director of Galleries, Hunter College
Griselda Pollock, Art historian
Liz Prettejohn, Head of Department & Professor of History of Art, University of York
Lady Jane Roberts, Former Print Room Curator & Royal Librarian, Windsor Castle
Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith’s College, University of London
Mary Rozell, Director, Art Business Programme, Sotheby’s Institute, New York
Patricia Rubin, Director, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Magda Salvesen, Adjunct Professor, NYU; Curator of the Jon Schueler Estate
David Solkin, Dean and Deputy Director, Courtauld Institute of Art
Mary Anne Stevens, Art Historian and Curator
Ann Sutherland Harris, Professor of History of Art, University of Pittsburgh
Adriana Turpin, Academic Director, Institut d’etudes superieurese des arts
Alister Warman, Principal, Byam Shaw School of Art
Jonathan Woodham, Director,Centre for Research & Development, University of Bristol
Joyce Zemans, Co-Chair, Visual Arts Department, York University, Toronto


Arts organisation directors

Noah Charney, Founding Director, Association for Research into Crimes against Art
Andrew Derrick, Director, The Architectural History Practice
Emma Dexter, Director, Visual Arts, The British Council
Stephanie Dieckvoss, Director, Art Fairs London
Caroline Douglas, Director, Contemporary Art Society
Heather Ewing, Executive Director, Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), New York
Katya Garcia-Anton, Director, Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Jonathan Foyle, CEO, World Monuments Fund Britain
RoseLee Goldberg, Art historian and founder of Performa
Noah Horowitz, Managing Director, The Armory Show
Belinda Kidd, Chief Executive, Bath Festivals
Ezra Konvitz, Founder, ArtStack
Claire Marmion, Director, AIG Art Collection Management
Chris Pensa, Founder, Love Art London
Rebecca Davies, Chief Executive, LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antique Dealers)
Stacy Tenenbaum Stark, Executive Director, Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Ruth Ur, Director of Partnerships Europe, British Council


Auction house professionals

Richard Aronowitz-Mercer, Head of Restitution, Sotheby’s London
Denise Bethel, Chair of Photography for the Americas, Sotheby’s New York
Oliver Barker, Deputy Chairman, Europe; Senior International Specialist, Contemporary
Alexander Branczik, Senior Director, Head of Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s London
Laura Doyle, Doyle New York, Auctioneers and Appraisers
Diana Herzog, President, RM Smythe
Alexander Kader, Director and Head of European Sculpture, Sotheby’s London
Michael Macaulay, Vice President and Head of Evening Sale, Contemporary Art,
Sotheby’s New York
Claire McKeon, Vice-President for British, Irish and Sporting Art, Christie’s
Claude Piening, Senior Director, 19th Century European Paintings, Sotheby’s London
Christina Prescott-Walker, SVP & Department Director, Chinese Works of Art, Sotheby’s
Simon Shaw, SVP and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, Sotheby’s New York
David Silcox, President, Sotheby’s Canada
Jonathan Stone, Chairman, Christie’s Asia
Ralph Taylor, European Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Bonham’s
Aleksandra Todorovic, Director/Head of Research, Impressionist & Modern, Sotheby’s
Juan Varez, Managing Director, Christie’s Spain


Business and law

Erica Bolton, Founding Partner, Bolton & Quinn
David Freud, Entrepreneur
Lorna Harrington, Director, Barrett, Corp & Harrington Ltd
Georgiana Head, Founding Director, Georgiana Head Recruitment
James McDonaugh, Owner, Art Tours Ltd
Daniel McClean, Solicitor, Withers Worldwide
Martin Randall, Director, Martin Randall Travel Ltd

Calum Sutton, Director, Calum Sutton PR


Conservation experts

Aviva Burnstock, Head of Conservation and Technology, The Courtauld
Steven Gayler, Conservator, Modern Art Conservation
Lynne Harrison, Senior Conservator, The British Museum
Narayan Khandekar, Senior Conservation Specialist, Harvard University Art Museums
Thomas Learner, Head of Contemporary Art Research, Getty Conservation Institute
Sally Lescher, Director, Conservation Management Ltd
Alison Lister, Director and Principal Conservator, Textile Conservation Ltd
Ian McClure, Chief Conservator, Yale University Art Gallery
Ann-Marie Miller, Book Conservator, The British Library
Michael Alan Miller, Paintings Conservator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sophie Plender, Senior Conservator, National Portrait Gallery & Dulwich Picture Gallery
Lesley Stevenson, Senior Paintings Conservator, National Galleries of Scotland
Katherine Stonor and Sharon Tager, Founders & Directors, Tager Stonor Richardson
Joyce Townsend, Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate
Rachel Turnbull, Senior Collections Conservator, English Heritage


Entertainment and music industry

Simon Banner, Hollywood Film Producer
Edie Campbell, Fashion model
Shaun Davey, Composer
Vincent Price, Actor (deceased)
Atticus Ross, Musician, 2010 Academy Award, Original Soundtrack, The Social Network


Gallery, museum and heritage directors and senior curators

David Bagnall, Curator and Director of Interpretation, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Graham Beal, Director, Detroit Institute of Arts
Christopher Bedford, Director, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis
Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield
Bruce Boucher, Director, The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia
Fiona Bradley, Director, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Christopher Brown, Former Director, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Richard Calvocoressi, Director, Henry Moore Foundation
Thomas Campbell, Director and CEO, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Timothy Clifford, Former Director, National Galleries of Scotland
Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator for Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery, USA
Tarnya Cooper, Chief Curator, National Portrait Gallery
Suzanne Cotter, Director, Serralves Museum, Porto
Nicholas Cullinan, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum
Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain
Maurice Davies, Deputy Director, Museums Association
Anne D’Harnoncourt, Former Director, Philadelphia Museum of Art (deceased)
David Elliott, Former Director, Istanbul Modern Art Museum and independent curator
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, San Diego Museum of Art
Kaywin Feldman, Director and President, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Gabriele Finaldi, Director of Conservation and Research, Museo del Prado
Paul Greenhalgh, Director, Sainsbury Centre
William Griswold, Director, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Simon Groom, Director, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Christoph Grunenberg, Director, Kunsthalle Bremem
Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand
Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Athalsteinn Ingolfsson, Director, Museum of Design & Applied Art, Iceland
Nicola Kalinsky, Director, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Timothy Knox, Director, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Janet Landay, Executive Director, Association of American Museum Directors
Eric M. Lee, Director, The Kimbell Art Museum
John Leighton, Director General, National Galleries of Scotland
Knut Ljogodt, Director, Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromso
Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum
Simon Martin, Artistic Director, Pallant House Gallery
Ian McClure, Former Director, Hamilton Kerr Institute
Avenal McKinnon, Director, New Zealand Portrait Gallery
David McTavish, Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University Canada
Christopher Monkhouse, Eloise W. Martin Curator & Chairman, Art Institute of Chicago
Caroline Morey, Head of Arts Council Collections, Southbank Centre, London
Jessica Morgan, Director, Dia Art Foundation (from January 2015)
Frances Morris, Head of International Collections, Tate Modern
Bera Nordal, Museum Director, The Nordic Watercolour Museum
Karsten Ohrt, Chairman, New Carlsberg Foundation & New Carleberg Glyptothek
Dr Hans Ottomeyer, Director of Deutsches Historisches Museum
Ratan Parimoo, Director, LD Museum and NC Metha Gallery
Nicholas Penny, Director, National Gallery London
Carolyn Peter, Director and Curator, Laband Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Eliza Rathbone, Chief Curator Emerita, Phillips Collection, Washington DC
Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
Matthew Rowe, Director, firstsite Contemporary Visual Arts, Colchester
William Rudolph, Chief Curator & Curator of American Art, San Antonio Museum of Art
Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick, New York
Jennifer Scott, Incoming Director, Holbourne Museum of Art
Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate
Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, Royal Collection
Alan Shestack, Deputy Director &  Chief Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Laurence Sillars, Chief Curator, BALTIC Centre, Newcastle
Alexander Sturgis, Director, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Jean Sutherland Boggs, first woman to direct a national gallery (NG of Canada)
Luke Syson, Iris and B Gerald Cantor Chairman, European Sculpture and Decorative
Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Michael Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
Matthew Teitelbaum, Director, Art Gallery of Ontario
Simon Thurley, CEO, English Heritage
Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, Head of The Courtauld Gallery
Malcolm Warner, Executive Director, Laguna Art Museum
John Wilson, Director, Timkin Museum of Art
Matthias Winner, Director, Bibliotheca Hertziana
Ari Wiseman, Deputy Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation



Nicky Gavron, Deputy Mayor of London, 2004-2008
Nancy Lee Johnson, Congresswoman from 1983-2007, Connecticut, USA
David Madden, Former British Ambassador to Greece from 1999-2004
Claire Pillman, Director, Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Colin Roberts, Governor, Falkland Islands


Publishers, journalists and editors

Simon Bradley, Editor, Pevsner Architectural Guides
David Cohen, Editor/Publisher, Art Critical Online
Jacky Klein, Commissioning Editor, Phaidon
Anael Pigeat, Chief Editor, Art Press
Cristina Ruiz, Editor, The Art Newspaper
Anthony Rushton, Founder/Art Editor of Private Eye
Robin Simon, Founding editor, British Art Journal
Anna Somers Cocks, Founder Editor, The Art Newspaper
Peifen Sung, International Editor, Harper’s Bazaar Art
Sophy Thompson, Publishing Director, Thames & Hudson
Peter Trippi, Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur & Former Director, Dahesh Museum



Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Member of the Royal Family of Jordan
Narisa Chakrabongse, Member of the Royal Family of Thailand



Anita Brookner, Booker Prize-winning novelist and art historian
Nell Dunn, Writer
Lucy Ellmann, Novelist
Lavinia Greenlaw, Poet & novelist
Alexandra Harris, Writer, winner of 2010 Guardian First Book Award
Rosemary Harris, Children’s Book Author, Carnegie Medal Winner
Nicole Krauss, Novelist
Iain Sinclair, Writer and filmmaker
John Russell Taylor, film critic and author
Giles Waterfield, Novelist and art historian


Updated December 2014