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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 Trust Trustee Biographical Statements Ian Walter - Chair 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. Matthew Field - Honorary Treasurer Phil Bowman The 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. 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 Elton Janita 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 Jones Nick 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. Robert Parker Robert 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. Jennifer Wenham Whitton A 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.
usher gallery trust
“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
Registered Charity No.1020311