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Visual arts gallery Modern Art Oxford announces new Director

  • Date: 19 April 2013
  • Area: South East
Paul Hobson

Paul Hobson. Credit: Matthew Blaney and Contemporary Art Society, 2009

Arts Council England National portfolio organisation Modern Art Oxford today announced the appointment of Paul Hobson as its new gallery Director.

Paul will start his new role in September 2013. He is currently the Director of Contemporary Art Society. Paul will bring over 20 years of experience in the visual arts sector to the gallery, including programme development, fundraising and income generation. He has previously held senior positions at The Showroom Gallery, Serpentine Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts.

Modern Art Oxford is a major visual arts exhibition space with an established international reputation, focusing on one person, group and touring shows of contemporary artists from Britain and around the world.

Past shows and commissions include Susan Philipsz, who won the 2011 Turner Prize, Roman Ondak, Howard Hodgkin, Graham Sutherland, Shezad Dawood, and John Gerrard - to name a few. The gallery is also supported by an innovative learning and engagement programme and evening and weekend programme of live art, music and film.

Modern Art Oxford is planning huge celebrations for its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Cate Canniffe, Interim South East Regional Director, Arts Council England says: 'We are delighted to learn of the appointment of Paul Hobson as the new Director of Arts Council England National portfolio organisation Modern Art Oxford. Paul's leadership will contribute to the gallery's international and national reputation for exciting programmes.'

David Isaac, Chair of the Modern Art Oxford Trustees said: 'Paul is an excellent choice to lead Modern Art Oxford in this important phase of its history. The trustees and staff are thrilled with his appointment and are poised to work with him to shape the future of the gallery, and to ensure it continues to make a vital contribution to the development and understanding of contemporary art'.

Paul Hobson said: 'I am delighted to have been appointed to lead Modern Art Oxford, especially as we approach our 50th anniversary in 2015. I look forward to working with the Board and the team to build on the gallery's reputation for ambitious, bold and internationally acclaimed programmes that support artistic excellence to bring contemporary art to the widest audience, whilst ensuring the gallery's robust and sustainable future.'

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke St  Oxford OX1 1BP