The Courtauld Insitute of Art held the first Scholarship Reception on Thursday 15 March in the Courtauld Gallery. Present were the individuals, trusts, foundations and companies who supported scholarships along with the beneficiaries. The celebration provided an opportunity for the scholars to personally thank their donor and for the donors to hear how their scholars were benefitting from their support. Nearly 70 guests attended, including donors, scholars and their families, board members, faculty and staff.

Dr Deborah Swallow, Director, thanked the donors for their generosity, which this academic year has supported 40 scholarships from a fund of £300,000. Dr Swallow reported that we are on track to increase the annual scholarship fund to £400,000 next academic year; that this was made possible both by continued support from our present donors and new donors such as the Sir Geoffrey Agnew Scholarships, Apax Partners, the Headley Foundation, Kilfinan Scholarships, Doris Pacey Charitable Foundation and Christian H. Thum.

A highlight of the evening were the speeches made by Professor John House; scholarship donor Norman Kurland, and Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher scholar, Christopher Platts. All three speakers spoke passionately from their personal perspectives about the importance of scholarships at the Courtauld.

For further information on how you can support scholarships please contact Kate Knight on Tel: 020 7848 2194

Donors and beneficiaries of scholarships


The Courtauld’s staff – academic, teaching, curatorial and administrative – are the lifeblood of the Institute, and it will come as no surprise that staff costs represent just over half our expenditure. Therefore, gifts towards posts is one of the key ways in which the Courtauld can be supported. We are delighted to announce that the Courtauld has been the recipient of three generous new gifts to support three posts – a major gift of endowment to support the Head of Libraries in perpetuity, an annual gift from The Schroder Foundation to support the Curator of Paintings for three years, and a gift from the Friends of the Courtauld to support the Gallery Conservator for one year. Posts can be named after the donor, and donors have the opportunity to meet and follow the progress of the individual they are supporting. Antony Hopkins’ (Kilfinan Librarian) first task since his arrival has been to oversee the major improvements to the library, Caroline Campbell (Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings) has been focusing on the catalogue for the forthcoming Cranach exhibition, and Graeme Barraclough has been conserving an important late work by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Cupid and Psyche, that was given to the Courtauld in 2004. Friends of the Courtauld will have an opportunity to learn more about his work during the year of their support.

The Courtauld is immensely grateful to these donors for their generosity and vision in making these important gifts. For more information about supporting posts please contact:
Emma Davidson, Director of Development
Telephone 020 7848 1045


It is well known that the Courtauld was founded through the generosity of Samuel Courtauld and Lord Lee. Their gifts and others that followed have enabled the Courtauld to educate outstanding students of art history and conservation. This year the Courtauld is resourced as follows: government grant 36%, tuition fees 17%, annual philanthropic gifts 23%, endowment income 9% with the remainder consisting of a small range of other income. Therefore, like all other higher education institutions in the UK, depends on philanthropic support in order to sustain its ranking amongst the best universities in the world.

Since the Courtauld became a self governing college, the cost of a student attending the Institute has been funded in part by the generosity of donors. In fact every student’s education has been made possible through the generosity of past and present benefactors.

The Courtauld’s endowment generates income (the capital must remain invested) and annual gifts serve as vital source of continuing support. Those making annual gifts to the Courtauld enable the Institute to maintain small class sizes. They also ensure that resources such as the libraries, galleries and collections remain at the disposal of students and researchers. Annual gifts include those to scholarships, student travel grants, academic projects, support of posts, and the upkeep of libraries, all of which are critical to attract the best and brightest minds to the Courtauld.

The Courtauld encourages alumni, parents and friends to renew their ties to the Institute by making annual gifts. Annual gifts play a crucial role in helping maintain the Insitute’s excellence, strengthening our ability to serve our students. Every gift makes a difference.

For information on how you can make an annual gift please contact Kate Knight on 020 7848 2194 or email


Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler’s Scholar, Lily Mitchem with Director Deborah Swallow and Timothy Standring, SHAHF Chairman, at the National Arts Club, New York

November saw our second visit to the US. More than 600 of the Courtauld’s 5,000 alumni are from the US, with many working in the museum world. The high point of this visit was a major event at the National Arts Club in New York for alumni with over 100 former students attending. Dr Deborah Swallow and Professor John House addressed the alumni, with Professor House stressing the importance of maintaining the unique opportunities that are offered Courtauld students.

Sotheby’s held a reception for over 25 of our American Friends, following their Impressionist Sale, giving Friends an opportunity to view rarely seen Impressionist paintings including those by Pissarro and Monet. Professor House gave the group a fascinating talk about a selection of the paintings.

The visit was also an opportunity to make new friends and thank current donors for their generosity, including the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, which recently made a three-year commitment to scholarships for US students.

In February Dr Deborah Swallow returned to New York for the College Arts Association (CAA) conference. Alumna Magda Salvesen (MA 1968) generously hosted an event for those alumni participating in the conference from across the US, which was attended by over 40 alumni.