The Art Fund congratulates former Director, David Barrie, for CBE award

  • 8 January 2010

Independent charity The Art Fund congratulates David Barrie for being awarded a CBE.

Mr Barrie was awarded the prestigious honour for services to the visual arts in the January New Year Honours list.

David Barrie had served as Director of The Art Fund for 17 years and stepped down in May 2009.

Under his Directorship, The Art Fund gave almost £55 million to help secure over 400,000 works for 447 public collections all over the UK.

Some highlights from Mr Barrie’s time as Director include the saving of the Becket Casket for the V&A in 1996, and the last minute campaign to save Botticelli’s Madonna and Child for the National Gallery of Scotland in 1999.

In 2001, he fronted The Art Fund’s long campaign to secure free admission to all national museums which came to a successful conclusion in 2001. He also led The Art Fund’s centenary celebrations in 2003.

Other key achievements made during his time at The Art Fund include: the campaign to save the Macclesfield Psalter in 2005; the commissioning of James Turrell’s Deer Shelter for Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2006, and the campaign to save Turner’s Blue Rigi in 2007; the campaign to secure Dumfries House and its contents in 2007; the launching of Art Fund International in 2007; the acquisition of Anthony d’Offay’s ARTIST ROOMS collection of post-war and contemporary art for National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in 2008, and the sponsorship by The Art Fund of ARTIST ROOMS On Tour, announced in January 2009.

Stephen Deuchar took up the post as The Art Fund’s new Director on 4 January 2010, having previously been Director of Tate Britain.