Dame Vivien Duffield puts £3 million into new art projects across the UK


The foundation supported by leading Jewish philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield is to support 10 new art projects to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Clore Duffield Foundation will back a school art room – its first such project – as well as other educational facilities in museums, galleries and with performing arts groups.

Donations for the new projects will total more than £3 million and bring the total number of Clore learning centres to 50.

New centres will be set up in Northern Ireland, at Tate Liverpool, at the Royal Academy of Arts and across Britain.

Dame Vivien - recently named as number four in the JC’s list of the community’s 100 must influential figures - said: “We never set out to have this many learning spaces – we just funded what we cared about.

“But when we looked back over the years we realised what had been achieved and what it represented in terms of our arts education investment all over the UK, particularly for children.

“We pay for the bricks and mortar but what we really care about is the people who use our spaces, day in, day out, and the transformative power of the arts within their lives.”

Dame Vivien’s foundation continues the work of her father, Sir Charles Clore, a highly successful Jewish British businessman. It has donated almost £85m to charitable causes in the past decade.

Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate director, said: “These Clore donations represent significant investment in the country’s arts education infrastructure, for the purpose of enriching the lives of all children and young people.

“It is so important to have philanthropists – and game-changers – like Vivien Duffield lead the way in backing the arts in young people’s lives.”

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