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.
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