Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, is to join the Trust as a Patron and key supporter for the Renaissance of the Guildhall.
The Guildhall Trust is delighted to announce that Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, is to join the Trust as a Patron and key supporter for the Renaissance of the Guildhall.
A painter, sculptor and printmaker, Le Brun was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011, the youngest to be elected since Lord Leighton in 1878. Born in Portsmouth in 1951, Le Brun trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art, London. In his early career he was a double prize winner at the John Moores exhibitions 1978 & 1980, also showing in the Venice Biennale 1980 and the ground breaking Zeitgeist at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin in 1982.
He has since exhibited extensively worldwide and his work can be found in many major museums and private collections, as well as in the public realm with sculpture in London and St Helier.
Le Brun served as a trustee of Tate 1990-1995, The National Gallery 1996-2003, Dulwich Picture Gallery 2000-2005 and as a founding trustee of the Royal Drawing School 2003-2016. He is currently a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and now also offers his support as a Patron to The Guildhall Trust as it embarks on an ambitious programme of Renaissance.
The Renaissance programme of restoration and renovation of the Guildhall supports the Trust’s vision to become one of the country’s leading cultural organisations inspiring, entertaining and transforming lives. To be completed in two phases over the coming years, the exciting project will ensure that the Guildhall is a welcoming and accessible cultural hub for the community with improved customer facilities, dynamic social spaces and improved Concert Hall and Backstage areas.
New Patron, Christopher Le Brun, welcomed the Renaissance plans saying, “Growing up in Southsea I was aware of two great symbols of the city – HMS Victory and the wonderfully grand Guildhall. Standing as if alone in the Square the Guildhall had the scale, confidence and architectural resonance appropriate to a city that has played a major part in the history of this country. HMS Victory has been restored – now it’s time for the Guildhall”
Le Brun is the latest supporter of the Guildhall’s ‘Time to Make it Happen’ campaign, where members of the public are being urged to show their support to make Renaissance happen by adding their name to a growing list of supporters, demonstrating the passion that there is for the Guildhall and its future. Add your name online today. #TimeToMakeItHappen #SupportYourGuildhall
Image of Christopher Le Brun is copyrighted by Cat Garcia