Note to former students

CAFS is always delighted to hear of the activities of former students and to be notified of change of address. Whilst it is not possible to thank everyone individually, we do appreciate your efforts to keep us informed. We are also happy to receive information about alumni with whom we have lost touch. Please continue to keep us up-to-date with your movements, address and email address, telephone and fax numbers.

Call for Publications by Former Students

Please send the Editor, Jane Ferguson, a note of your publications which have appeared during the last 12 months, from August 2002 to the end of July 2003, for publication in the next issue of the CIA News, due out in October 2003.We much appreciate receiving the notifications of books, articles and reviews.

Honorary Fellows of the Courtauld Institute

We are delighted to report the recent election of three Honorary Fellows: Professor Eric Fernie, Jennifer Fletcher, Sir Nicholas Goodison

Sebastiano Barassi, MA 1998, has been Curator of Collections at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge since 2001.

Sue Barnard, MA 2000, is Education Co-ordinator, Barbican Arts Centre, London

Simon Bradley, PhD 1996, became an editor at Yale University Press in 2002.

Steve Ferris, formerly Brown, BA 1979, became a teacher at Cottenham Secondary School near Cambridge in 2000. He also paints and is writing a novel.

Claudia Campana, MA 1994, was appointed Head of the History of Art Department of the Art School and Lecturer at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago in 2001.

Suzanne Cotter, MA 1995, was appointed Senior Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford in February, 2002.

Jane Davidson, MA 2002, was appointed Assistant Curator at the Aukland Art Gallery in New Zealand in November, 2002.

Kirstine Dunthorne, née Brander, MA 1969, has been Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Swansea Institute of Higher Education since 1991.

Guy Edwards, MA 2002, has been teaching English at Sanda University, Shanghai, China since September, 2002.

Camilla Gray, DipCons 2000, is a paintings conservator and artist.

Julia Harrison, BA 1987, is the interior architect and project manager in her own design consultancy.

Jane Heffron, nee Rippeteau, PGDip. 1991, is Manager of editorial and production for research analysts advising investors for Citigroup.

Cecily Hennessy, PhD 2001, is Education Manager in charge of the summer school at the Courtauld Institute.

Nick Humphrey, MA 1991, was appointed Curator, Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion, V. & A. Museum in 1996.

Ludovic de Wavrin, MA 2002, has opened his gallery of contemporary art, the Galerie Ludovic de Wavrin, in Paris.

Oliver Urquhart Irvine, BA 1996, has been a bookseller with Maggs Brothers since 1999.

Jon Kear, PhD 1998, has been a lecturer at the University of Kent since 1992.

Victoria Leanse, DipCons. 1984, is Conservator, Guildhall Art Gallery.

Inge Linder Gaillard, PhD 2000, was appointed Assistant Curator, Magasin — Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble.

Simon Martin, MA 2002, was appointed Assistant Curator, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester in June 2002.

Hayden Proud, MA 2000, was appointed Curator of Historical Collections of Painting and Sculpture at Iziko Museums of Cape Town, South Africa in 2002. Iziko Museums of Cape Town has been created by the amalgamation of 15 state-funded museums in the city.

Catherine Putz, PhD 1999, was appointed Head of Systems and Administration, Learning and Interpr-etation Division, V. & A. Museum in April, 2002.

Alastair Roberts, MA1998, is Strategy manager at Channel 4 Television.

Penelope Ruddock, MA HofD 1973, retired from the post of Curator, Museum of Costume and Assembly Rooms, Bath in July 2002.

Joanna Selborne, PhD 1992, has been Acting Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Courtauld Gallery, since May 2001.

Rupert Shepherd, PhD 1997, was appointed Ruskin Project Manager at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in October 2002.

Rachel Sloan, MA 2002, has been an assistant English teacher at the Academie d’Orléans-Tours since September 2002.

Letitia Treves, MA 1996, is Director and Senior Worldwide Specialist in Italian Paintings at Sothebys.

Keith White, MA 1998, was appointed School Administrator, School of Humanities, Kings College, London in May 2002.

Sally Woodcock, MA 1988 and DipCons 1992, has been a paintings conservator at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London since 1997.

Gwen Yarker, MA 2000, was appointed Curator, Art, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich in 2002.

CAFS Careers Seminar

Each year the Courtauld Association of Former Students (CAFS) sponsors the Careers Seminar for students at the Courtauld, which takes place at the end of the university’s careers day in January. Current students have the opportunity to meet former students working in a variety of fields at various stages in their careers. This year we were fortunate to hear from Jane Martineau, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Emily Cole, Will Palin and Robin Simon. Jane, who is now a freelance exhibition curator presented the pros and cons of working with galleries and museums. Her splendid slides demonstrated the highlights, as well a some of the more frenetic moments, of freelance curating. Desmond Shawe-Taylor compared the two facets of his career, first in academia and now as the Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. He gave a realistic assessment of the difficulties in finding good jobs in museums and emphasized the importance of getting one’s foot in the door

Both Emily Cole and Will Palin are recent graduates, who read English before coming to the Courtauld to do an M.A. Emily is now with English Heritage, which happily had been her long-term goal. Will talked about his first jobs, all part-time and not particularly lucrative, which enabled him to meet people in architectural conservation. His current job, Assistant Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum, requires skills he never knew he had but is learning quickly. Robin Simon, Chairman of CAFS, talked about his work as an academic, then as an art critic and editor, first of Apollo and now of The British Art Journal. The message from all the speakers was that a positive attitude, a willingness to do boring jobs at first, and an open mind makes all the difference, as does networking with fellow former students.

We then convened for a glass of wine, a chance to chat informally, to exchange ideas and to wish all the students the best of luck.

PAULA HENDERSON — Honorary Secretary, CAFS


COURTAULD ASSOCIATION OF FORMER STUDENTSInvites you to a party in the Courtauld Gallery to meet the new Director Jim Cuno and celebrate the new independent status of the Institute 17th June, 2003 6.30-8.30pm tickets £10
Tickets in support of CAFS

CAFS Party

Individual invitations will be sent out. If you know of anyone who you think may not hear of the party, please let us know.

For further information please contact Jackie Sullivan, Development Office, Courtauld Institute. Tel. 020 7848 2143, email:

Staff News

Aileen Ribiero, Head of the History of Dress Department, is Costume Consultant for the exhibition Whistler, Women and Fashion at the Frick Collection, New York, April 22 to July 13.

Book Sale

We welcome second-hand books once again. The sale will start on June 17, before the CAFS party, when staff, students and former students will have the first pick of the books.

If you have books you no longer have space for, please send them to us any time after the beginning of June. Collection can be arranged if the quantity of books is substantial.

We are looking for volunteers to help with sorting, pricing, and manning the book sale. If you have some time to support the Institute, while finding some book bargains, please contact us.

For further information please contact Jackie Sullivan in the Development Office, tel. 7848 2143, email:

The Michael Kitson Scholarship Fund

Donors to the Michael Kitson Scholarship Fund gave a total of £9,000 last year, enabling us to award three scholarships to British students taking MA courses this year. Samuel Bibby is taking Dr. Patricia Rubin’s course on the Italian Renaissance, Charlotte Burns is studying Art and Cultural Politics in Germany 1890-1945 with Dr Shulamith Behr and Freya Gunzi is taking the course in Picturing the Victorian City with Dr Caroline Arscott.

This year we are hoping to raise £9,000 again in order to offer three scholarships for the year 2003/04. Half way through the year, donations have reached £4,900. Please help us reach our target. A gift form is enclosed with details of how to give, or contact Sophie Hussey, Development Manager on 020 7848 2518 or by email

We are most grateful to everyone who has given to the Michael Kitson Scholarship Fund so far this year, particularly those who are and have been giving a regular gift.

Friends Events
In response to numerous requests for more events we are pleased to offer four different events to our Friends in the summer and autumn 2003.

The visit to Sir John Soane’s Museum is almost fully booked so please let us know soon if you would like to come.

Julian Agnew has invited all the Patrons, Associates and Supporters for drinks and a Private View of the current exhibition in his Gallery in June.

In the autumn the Friends have organised two walking tours in support of the Conway Library. Two experts from the Conway have offered to share their extensive knowledge of sculpture and architecture with us. All profits will go to the Conway.