Note to former students

CAFS is always delighted to hear what former students are doing and to be notified of change of address. While it is not possible to thank everyone individually we do appreciate your efforts to keep us informed. We also appreciate information on the whereabouts of former students who have fallen through our database net. Please continue to keep us up-to-date with your activities, some of which are listed here.

Call for publications by former students, 2000-2001

Please send the Editor, Jane Ferguson, a note of your publications which have appeared during the last 12 months, from August 1999 to the end of July 2000, for publication in the next issue of the News, due in October 2001. Thanks go to all those who have already sent us a list of books, articles and reviews.

Martin Barnes
, MA Museum Studies, 1994, has been Assistant Curator, Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings, Victoria and Albert Museum since 1995.

Purissima Benitez Johannot, MA 1992, is Assistant Curator, Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva and on the editorial board of Arts et Cultures magazine in Paris.

Mary Rose Beaumont, BA 1975, has taught Modern Art Studies at Christie's Education since 1980 and joined the Humanities Department of City and Guilds of London Art School in 1997.

Ilaria Bignamini, PhD 1988, is Research Associate at the Department of History of Art, University of Oxford, combining art history with classical archaeology as a specialist on reconstruction of past excavations. She is a fellow of the British School at Rome and a Collaborator of the Vatican Museums.

Beatrice von Bismarck,
MA 1983, has been Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Leipzig since 2000.

Anna Buruma, MA, History of Dress 1995, is Archivist at Liberty plc.

Rafael Cardoso Denis, PhD 1995, is Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Rio de Janeiro.

Heather Caven, BA1998, has been appointed Loans Officer at at the Royal Library and Print Room, The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle.

Judith Cligman, née Timms, MA 1981, is Deputy Director (Policy), Heritage Lottery Fund.
June Coubrough, née Seymour, BA1948, retired in 2000 as a free-lance lecturer for NADFAS and is a life member of the society.

Alan Cummings, BA1982, Dip. Cons.1985, is Professor of Conservation, Royal College of Art, and was appointed Pro-Rector of the RCA/ V&A Conservation Course in September 2000.

Annette Davies-Jones, née King, PGDip.1991, Dip.Cons.1994, has been a paintings conservator at Tate Modern since April 1999.

Ena Gardiola, MA 1998, is a consultant to the Sculpture Department, National Gallery of Art, Washington. She received an MA in Museum Administration from New York University and a BA in International Business from the European Business School.

Alan Halliday, BA1973, PhD Oxon 1981, has been a painter since 1979, He had a one-man show at Collins and Hastie, Park Walk, London in November, 2000.

Deborah Hedgecock, MA1992, was appointed Assistant Curator, Stevenage Museum in July 2000.

Amy Huntington, MA 1997, was appointed Senior Producer, Sotheby' in 1998.

James Hyman, PhD 1995, curated the exhibitions Picasso at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam in 1999 and Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Auerbach in London, 2000.

Neil Jackson, MA 1977, was appointed Hoffman Wood Professor of Architectural Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds in October 2000. He was elected FSA in 1998.

Peter Jennett, BA1991, MA 1992, was appointed Head of Learning Resources, Wimbledon School of Art in July 2000.

Marc Jordan, MA1978, was appointed Managing Director, Acoustiguide in 1999, and was appointed to the London Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2001.

James Lawrence, PGDip.1998, is a teaching assistant and PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Art and Art History.

Michael Liversidge, BA1969, Senior Lecturer in History of Art, will retire as Dean of Arts, University of Bristol in July 2001.

Edward Maeder, MA1975, was appointed Chair of the Curatorial and Curator of Textiles at Historic Deerfield Inc., Massachusetts in January 2000.

Rebecca Milner, MA History of Dress 1998, has been a curatorial assistant at the Victoria and Albert Museum, since July 1999.

Susan Morris, MA1979, PhD 1984, is Researcher in Old Masters, British 18th and 19th century painting at Richard Green Gallery, London.

Kirsten Piacenti, nee Aschengreen, MA1953, retired as Director of the Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti in 2000 has been appointed Director of the Stibbert Museum, Florence.

Clare Richards, BA1980, is a television producer/director with her own production company Pillarbox making social interest documentaries.

Colin Roberts, Mphil1982, has been in the diplomatic service since 1989 and was stationed in Tokyo in January 2001.

Maria SaYotti Dale, MA1988, is Curator of Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin.

Christina Shearman, MA 1989, is Account Co-ordinator at in New York.

Rupert Shepherd, BA1989, PhD 1997, was appointed Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the History of Art, University of Sussex in October 2000. He is working on the collaborative research project 'The Material Renaissance: Costs and Consumption in Italy, 1300-1650'.

Glenn Sujo, MA1976, is a free-lance artist, lecturer and curator. His exhibition Legacies of Silence opened on April 5, 2001 at the Imperial War Museum, London.

Joyce Townsend, Dip.Cons. 1972, PhD 1991, is a senior conservation scientist at Tate Britain.

Juan Varez Benegas, MA1990, is Managing Director, Christies' in Madrid. He joined the office in 1991.

Ben Whitworth, MA 1997, has worked at the Victor Franses Gallery, London since December 1999.

Knowledge and Experience: Pass it on!
Over the coming months the Institute will launch a portion of the website devoted to the career development of our graduates and alumni. This "electronic bulletin board" will connect potential employers with our highly qualified student body, and offer a forum for alumni to talk about their professional experiences - from the academy to the auction house.

If you or your organization would like to advertise employment or internship experiences please send us an e-mail at

Careers Seminar 2001

The 2001 careers seminar took place on January 24 as the last event in a day devoted to considering the future lives of present students. It has become a fixture in the academic year, largely due to the continued generosity of former students in giving up their time to talk about their careers. Chantal Ashley, David Ekserdjian, James Hall, Richard Hewlings and Beatrix MacIntyre gave talks embued with useful information, tips and the recurring message that the career path can take many surprising turns. The response from the students was most enthusiastic and the turn-out was good thanks to the efforts of the teaching staff who had publicised the talks in their seminars.

Jane Ferguson, CAFS

Founder of History of Dress celebrates her 100th birthday

Stella Mary Newton, who founded the History of Dress course in 1965 and ran it until 1975 celebrated her 100th birthday on April 17. We offer her hearty congratulations. If any of her former students wish to send her greetings, they can do so through the CAFS office, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN.

Staff Movements

Jim Hearnshaw

On standing down from being Secretary and Registrar at the Institute Jim is working on a part-time basis as Consultant, Courtauld New Developments with particular responsibility for developments in the South Building. He is still to be seen in the Institute from time to time.

Rose Walker

The Director has designated the post of Academic Registrar as a Head of Department. This is to reflect the importance of the post and the Academic Office within the Institute and reflects the competence with which Rose and her team operate.

Tez Quirke, Secretary and Registrar