The venerable Mayfair dealership The Fine Art Society, whose Bond Street premises are currently undergoing stage two of a refurbishment, has announced two youthful appointments to its board of directors.
The subtle new-look to TFAS personnel sees established
staffers Annabel Thomas and Emily Walsh become executive directors
of the firm that was founded in 1876. They join Patrick Bourne,
Simon Edsor, Gordon Cooke and Peyton Skipwith, although the latter
is expected to follow Andrew McIntosh Patrick into semi-retirement
later this year.
Mr McIntosh Patrick (deputy chairman) and Mr Skipwith (deputy
managing director) have both been with TFAS for over half a century
and together - overseeing ground-breaking exhibitions of Victorian
art and design - provided style and academic excellence to London's
most idiosyncratic gallery.
Annabel Thomas joined TFAS in 1997 having started her career in
advertising and public relations, working for several years in
Bahrain for an international publisher and exhibition organiser.
Her forthcoming exhibitions include Edgar Hubert, Paintings
1941-1969, in March and Roger Law, Recent Work in April.
Based in Edinburgh, Emily Walsh has worked at Bourne Fine Art for
seven years, joining the gallery after graduation from Edinburgh
University with a degree in History of Art. The Fine Art Society
plc acquired Bourne Fine Art 18 months ago. When Patrick Bourne
moved to London to become managing director of the new company,
Emily took over the running of Bourne Fine Art.
The Fine Art Society's gallery at 148 New Bond Street, with its
façade designed by E.W. Godwin, is undergoing a major makeover. The
first stage, completed last year involved opening up and extending
the staircase to the lower gallery and reinstalling a fire surround
by Faulkner Armitage which had been on loan to the William Morris
gallery in Walthamstow since the 1950s. The second phase, currently
underway, entails both the refurbishment of the main galleries and
the return to retail space of the lower-ground level that in recent
times had been a stockroom. The gallery re-opens on March 15 with
exhibitions of Emily Young, Edgar Hubert and Joseph Southall.
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