Jenni Lomax to leave Camden Arts Centre in 2017
23 November 2016
After 26 years at Camden Arts Centre, Director Jenni Lomax has announced her intention to step down in July
Jenni Lomax today announced her intention to step down from her role as Director of Camden Arts Centre in July of next year. She recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of her directorship and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Centre with a series of dialogues between artists, prominent curators and theorists at venues across London.
Jenni Lomax said: “It has been an amazing privilege over the past 26 years to work with so many artists, colleagues, supporters, friends and neighbours! All of whom have helped make Camden Arts Centre a special place and joy to work in. Leaving is a big step but I am very much looking forward to pursuing personal projects and hope to be able to use my many years of experience to benefit the future of the arts and education.”
John Gill, Chair of Camden Arts Centre's Board, said: "Jenni Lomax has created a centre, where art is made and exhibited, that has the respect and affection of artists and public alike. Her visionary leadership, and her skill as curator and educator, has established the reputation and influence of Camden Arts Centre internationally. The Centre's distinctive programme is justly celebrated for its integrity and originality, and exhibiting artists have praised her care and encouragement and the skill and expertise of her staff. Jenni's leaving will be a significant moment for Camden Arts Centre and for her personally, and we wish her every happiness and success in her future activities."
Camden Arts Centre will be looking to recruit a new director in the spring of 2017.
Notes to editors:
Jenni Lomax has been the Director of Camden Arts Centre, London, since 1990, where she has established a forward thinking programme of international exhibitions, artists’ residencies and education projects, all of which have artists and their ideas at the core.
In 1993 she was awarded the Arts Council of England/Prudential Award for Individual Achievement in the Arts and in 1994 Camden Arts Centre was awarded the Prudential Award for the Arts (for Excellence and Creativity, Innovation and Accessibility in the Arts). She led the organisation through a major building refurbishment scheme which was completed in early 2004. She was awarded the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2007 and received an OBE for her services to the Visual Arts in 2009. Before Camden Arts Centre, Lomax developed and headed up the Community Education and Public Programmes at the Whitechapel Art Gallery during the 1980s. Throughout her career she has been involved in an advisory capacity with many arts, education and charitable organisations and has been a member of selection and judging panels for numerous awards and exhibitions including The Turner Prize, Arts Foundation Award, the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Nissan Art Award.
Since 1990, Jenni Lomax has established an internationally acclaimed programme of exhibitions, residencies, education projects and public events.
Over the past 26 years the Centre has introduced London audiences to significant artists from abroad; Karin ‘Mamma’ Andersson, Marlene Dumas, Mary Heilmann, Hilma af Klint, Kerry James Marshall, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Kara Walker are among those whose exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre were the first in the capital.
The Centre has presented reassessments of important artists such as Bas Jan Ader, Hanne Darboven, Peter Lanyon, Kenneth and Mary Martin, Pino Pascali, Franciszka and Stefan Themerson and Shelagh Wakely.
Numerous UK artists who’ve exhibited at the Centre such as Martin Creed, Emma Hart, Runa Islam, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley and Simon Starling have gone on to receive international acclaim. Its residency programme has also seen notable artists including Enrico David, Anne Hardy, Roger Hiorns, Mike Nelson, Eva Rothschild and Nicole Wermers.
Under Lomax’s directorship, education has been placed at the heart of the programme. Working closely with contemporary artists, the Centre has developed a variety of innovative projects through which people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to engage with the process of making art.
Camden Arts Centre is a Grade II listed premises, originally constructed as Hampstead Central Library and designed by the architect Arnold Taylor. Hampstead Arts Centre (renamed Camden Arts Centre in 1967) was created in 1965 providing the local community with classes in painting, life drawing, pottery, printing and basic design. The first exhibition was held a year after the Centre was established. In 2004 a £4.5m refurbishment designed by Tony Fretton Architects greatly enhanced the building with the addition of the café, garden and full visitor access.
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