The Courtauld Scholarship Fund
STUDENTSí STORIES: Valerie Whitacre
I am incredibly grateful to have received the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Scholarship, which afforded me the opportunity to earn my MA at one of the most prestigious art history institutions in Europe.
My time at The Courtauld not only improved my intellectual skills, but also gave me the opportunity to meet other professionals in the visual arts community and to begin networking while very early in my studies. I felt an early advantage at graduation, having already built relationships with and benefited from the insights of those much more accomplished than myself.
After graduating from The Courtauld, I undertook several internships and temporary posts. These included working on a private London photography collection, assisting gallerist Zelda Cheatle in organising a conference at The Courtauld Institute of Art, collaborating with the Sony World Photography Organisation, and training with Philippe Garner in the Christie’s Photography Department in London.
Each of these experiences introduced me to many different facets of the art world. With the guidance and encouragement of each of my employers, I was also able to benefit from their expertise in vintage photography. In particular, Courtauld alumnus James Hyman, gave me the chance to work with him on his growing photography programme, which began as an extension to his exhibition and sales focus in Modern British Art.
Since 2008, I have worked with James to exhibit at multiple international photography fairs, including AIPAD and Paris Photo. More recently, we have succeeded in bringing the vintage photography programme and his Modern British Painting programme to the ‘haut-niveau’ art fairs including Masterpiece London and Frieze Masters.
Without the generosity of the Jungels-Winkler Scholarship, I would not have been able to pursue an advanced degree in art history. It was the scholarship— and the prestige of the institution with which it is affiliated— that led me to my current path, and to which I owe much of my success to date.
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