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WHY DO WE NEED THE USHER GALLERY TRUST?The Usher Gallery Lincoln is Lincolnshire’s premier art gallery, officially opened in 1927 following a bequest to the City by Lincoln jeweller James Ward Usher.The Mission of the Usher Gallery Trust is to enhance, enrich and preserve the collection of local regional and national cultural importance.The Usher Gallery Trust has been founded to achieve the following aims and objectives“To purchase for the Usher Gallery, for the benefit of the public painting, drawings, prints, sculptures, books, manuscripts, works of art that are of national scientific, historical or artistic interest or of interest by virtue of some association with the historic County of Lincolnshire and in accordance with the current approved collecting policy and financial provision for research, education and exhibitions.”Usher Gallery TrustTrustee Biographical StatementsRichard Harrison WoodChairmanRichard on gaining his Fine Art Degree in 1966 then worked in museums and art galleries for 33 years. His first appointment was at Lancaster, then Gateshead and finally as the Principal Keeper of the Usher Gallery. Whilst in the latter role he established the Usher Gallery Trust in 1993, and was its Honorary Secretary.In 2000 he went to work for the National Trust in Cambridgeshire at Anglesey Abbey and Gardens as Property Manager. Whilst there he was promoted to the role of General Manager, which included the management of the adjoining property, Wicken Fen, until his retirement in December 2010. In 2009 he was appointed as Chairman of the Usher Gallery Trust, and in 2011 he joined the Committee of the Friends of Lincoln Museums and Art Gallery. In 2014 he was appointed their Honorary Secretary. Richard had originally proposed the establishment of a Friends organisation on his appointment as Keeper of the Usher Gallery in 1971. Richard is a Patron of the Lincolnshire Artists’ Society.Phil BowmanThe first half of my working life was spent as a commercial Screenprinter, a profession that sealed my love of colour and solid form. I also joined the Lincolnshire Artists' Society during the 70s. In 2000 I left Screenprinting after 26 years to concentrate on my painting and teaching art, running workshops and passing on skills. I now run Gallery at St Martin’s where we feature changing exhibitions most weeks. I also have the luxury of having a studio ‘above the shop’ as it were. I am a Trustee of both the Usher Gallery Trust and The Sam Scorer Gallery. Sibyl BurgessSibyl studied Art History and History at the University of Nottingham and has had a long career in the arts, working closely with artists from most disciplines and exploring the use of creativity to bring about social engagement.She worked as Craft Officer with Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts, setting up a centre for designer crafts at Jews Court in Lincoln, then as Visual Arts Officer where she was responsible for a programme of touring exhibitions throughout the county and for managing a programme of visual arts grants. For 15 years she was Director of the Firebird Trust, a regional music organisation and major client of East Midlands Arts. Sibyl has worked as a freelance consultant, regionally and nationally, with a particular interest in arts in education, artist support and the evaluation of best practice. For many years she was a Governor of a secondary school with a specialism in the performing arts. She is a Trustee of the St. Hugh's Foundation which assesses applications and distributes grants to local artists of distinction. Sibyl was awarded the MBE in 2011 for her services to the arts in Lincolnshire.Patrick, Lord Cormack Lord Cormack, who is a Lincolnshire man, represented South Staffordshire in Parliament for forty years and returned to Lincoln when he left the House of Commons and moved to the House of Lords.He has been active in heritage issues all his life and has written several books. He founded the All Party Arts and Heritage Group, of which he remains President, in 1974. Since moving to Lincolnshire he has been very active as Chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust. He is a Deputy High Steward of the Cathedral and President of Heritage Lincolnshire and Vice President of the Lincolnshire Churches Trust.Janita EltonJanita was a student at Kingston College of Art and Design from where she gained her Diploma of Art and Design – Interior Design in 1967. She worked for the Interior Design Unit of the Department of the Environment until 1975, when she moved to Lincolnshire. She acted as a freelance designer with the Natural History Museum. At the start of 1979 she joined Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts, the Regional Arts Association as Exhibitions Organiser, where she was responsible for their programme of static, touring and mobile exhibitions.In 1984 she was made redundant and undertook a year-long business studies course before setting up her own Art and Design consultancy in 1985 to promote contemporary art and crafts throughout the eastern region of the UK. She worked on providing an art loan scheme which introduced works of art into the business environment. She worked with private clients on interior design schemes that often incorporated the commissioning of new works of art, and acted as an artists' agent to provide outlets for sale as well as venues for exhibitions.In 1989 she was approached by the Usher Gallery to assist them part-time with their exhibition programme. This post gradually became full time. During her time at the Usher Gallery Janita worked on regional, national and international exhibitions. She forged strong links with both nationally known artists and institutions, and co-curated several very successful touring exhibitions. Janita remained in this role until 2005 when she had to take premature retirement at the age of 58 (a year before Age Discrimination legislation was introduced). Three years of work in the voluntary sector followed until she joined the Environment Agency in 2008. She now works part-time with the Agency as a PA and also runs stress awareness workshops.Nick JonesNick graduated from North East London Polytechnic in 1982 having studied sculpture, including a residency to learn bronze casting at Syracuse University. Nick moved to Wales to set up a community project in Lampeter and then on to Lincoln to work for Lincoln Community Arts where he was involved with the first Lincoln Community Play and the development of the Lincoln May Festival, and specifically the spectacular May Day parades. Nick left LCA to take on the May Festival Coordinator's post and then as co -founder of Dancing Tiger toured Spain to research festivals and flamenco.As manager of the artsNK (North Kesteven) programme Nick managed the development of the extensive public realm programme leading to the creation and commissioning of over 200 public artworks and the development of Spires and Steeples and Ridges and Furrows Arts Trails across North Kesteven.As Director of Transported, the Creative People and Places programme in Boston and South Holland, Nick has relished the challenge of navigating the barriers to engagement by creating dynamic and purposeful projects that have created amazing artworks, festivals and arts experiences and is looking forward to bridging the creative community learning opportunities of the programme with the students and academic staff of the College of Arts and other schools within the University.Peter Moss Peter trained in ceramics and glass at Bournemouth College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, gaining a Master of Art (Hons) in 1968. He counts himself fortunate to have experienced a major period of change in art school teaching and to have encountered, and been encouraged by, influential artists and mentors. A career teaching in art colleges and universities followed, including Trent Polytechnic, Sheffield Polytechnic, and Lincolnshire College of Art and Design where in 1983 he became Vice Principal. He also taught part-time and was a Visiting Lecturer and External Examiner/Moderator at numerous colleges. He joined local and national arts and crafts groups and acted as trustee or consultant for local galleries and organisations, as well as national education/arts development and funding bodies in order to influence and take part in a broad range of art and creative industries, including but not exclusively:Fellow - Royal Society of Arts Professional Member - Craft Potters AssociationFellow - Society of Designer-Craftsmen (various roles since 1971 including Council Member, Licentiateship Assessor and Chairman)Lincolnshire & Humberside Arts – Visual Arts Consultant 1974-86Crafts Council Regional Nominee 1987-92 Lincolnshire Artists' Society – Member including President 1997-2015Contemporary Crafts Network (founder member) – since 1988St Hugh’s Trust Foundation – Trustee 1991-2015Eastern Arts Board Specialist Craft Consultant 1992-97Various North Kesteven District Council committees and initiatives including the Pearoom Centre for Contemporary Crafts and the National Centre for Craft and Design - since 1992Usher Gallery Trust - Trustee since 1993Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln – Trustee since 1999Heslam Trust – Trustee since 2004As an educator and mentor Peter has always encouraged young artists. Peter has continued to make and exhibit his own ceramics, as well as participating in workshops and arts projects. Robert ParkerRobert was appointed as the Lincolnshire County Council representative on the Usher Gallery Trust in 2013. He has represented the Lincoln Carholme division on the County Council since 1989. From 1993 to 1997 he was Leader of the County Council and during that time was Chair of the University for Lincolnshire Project Board which was instrumental in delivering what has now become the University of Lincoln. For 19 years he was a Civil Servant with the Department of Health and Social Security. After gaining a Masters degree in European Politics at Leicester University he then lectured in Politics at the Open University and the University of Lincoln until his retirement in 2016. Gavin StreetFollowing a year at Lincolnshire College of Art and Design, Gavin studied Fine Art at the University of Humberside, gaining a first-class degree in 1993. He then worked for two years at The City Gallery in Leicester before embarking on a Post Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management at City University, London. Whilst studying he worked at The Chisenhale Gallery and Battersea Arts Centre before becoming a Marketing Officer at The Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain) in 1996. In 2001 he returned to full-time education, earning an MA in Digital Moving Image at Metropolitan University, London.After running a successful animation company Gavin returned to Lincoln, taking the role of Marketing Officer at Lincoln Drill Hall in 2004. He is now Sales and Communications Manager at Lincoln Drill Hall.Hugh Edward Martin ThomsonHonorary TreasurerA highly experienced and resourceful Senior Manager with Barclays Bank, now retired, who has held financial and analyst roles as Branch Manager, Project Manager and Management Consultant; successfully operating full P & L responsibility, business turnarounds, site refurbishments and has devised and implemented large organisational mergers. Hugh has strong leadership and communication skills with considerable experience in operational management, data analysis and evaluation, people management and training, business change and project implementation. He possesses financial knowledge and expertise, analysis, lending and negotiating skills with a track record of achieving sales and income targets. Relationship-building with customers and staff to maximise profit and profit potential, business growth and to provide a quality service. Decision maker and team player. Hugh's interests extend to watercolour painting, foreign travel, history and languages. Ian Walter Ian was born in Lincoln within the sound of the Cathedral bells. He is a seventh generation valuer and auctioneer at JHWalter, a Lincolnshire property firm dating back to 1790. Ian joined the practice over 40 years ago. Since then, he has immersed himself in professional and Lincolnshire life. Ian has served the community in various capacities including as Chairman of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (The Lincolnshire Show) for four years at the time the EPIC building was built. And although not an artist, Ian is very engaged with the arts and enjoys collecting the work of Lincolnshire artists. He is President of the Lincolnshire Artists' Society and a Trustee of the Sam Scorer Gallery in Lincoln. For sporting recreation Ian still enjoys rowing on the River Trent from Newark Rowing Club, where he was once Captain. Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers, a Chartered Environmentalist and has an honours degree in Estate Management from the University of Reading. He has two grown up children; Ben (a Forensic Accountant) and Eliza (a Jeweller), who both live and work in London. His partner Saira Zaki also lives and works in London.Jennifer Wenham WhittonA life time interest in the arts was sparked by Jennifer's Head Mistress from her time at Spalding High School for Girls. She obtained both O and A Level History of Art, although went on to Bristol to read Law. Jennifer has extended her knowledge by travelling extensively and taking further art courses. She has spent much of the last forty years fundraising for charities and was a Trustee of her family trust. Jennifer has been a volunteer at the Cathedral for the last 36 years and is a keen amateur painter and collector of paintings.Malcolm Withers Malcolm was born in Kensington London and educated at St. Clement Danes Grammar School and Leicester University where he studied economics. Malcolm went on to work as a Fleet Street journalist specialising in finance and City reporting and later as a House of Commons political correspondent. In 1983 he moved to Lincoln and stood as the Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Lincoln. An enthusiasm for collecting art and antiques and an interest in building conservation and restoration developed in Malcolm's formative life and through the years he has restored and renovated a series of period homes. In 2005 Malcolm was invited to be a Trustee of the Usher Gallery Trust. He is also a member of the Georgian Society and the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.
“The Usher Gallery plays a vital role in showing not only the people of this County but also the nation the story of Lincolnshire’s artistic heritage. The Trust will provide a firm financial foundation and so safeguard the Gallery’s prosperity for many years to come. I am happy as Patron to give it my support and wish it every success”. Yarborough