Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016
London Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council England
Julie Lomax joined Arts Council England in 2003 and is currently the Director of Visual Arts for the London region. In this role she is responsible for a portfolio of 62 (2010/11) visual arts organisations that receive £18.1m regular funding. These organisations range from large-scale organisations the Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, and Artangel to studio spaces, ACME and SPACE, agencies working in digital and media arts such as Electra, Furtherfield and Nowhere; live art organisations such as the Live Art Development Agency; and organisations developing inter-disciplinary practice such as Arts Catalyst. In addition to this Julie has the overview on Visual Arts investment through the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts programme.
Julie originally trained as an artist, graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1987 gaining a degree in Fine Art. Julie has over 10 years experience in arts management primarily working with artists and arts organisations to realise work and working in the public sector. Julie is an occasional lecturer in Artists’ Professional Development at Higher Education Institutions across London.
Julie is currently a panel member for the Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, Olympic Park art commissions and is a steering group member for Art on the Underground. Julie was nominated as one of the 30 most powerful people in the art world on the 2010 Times Newspaper Art Power list. Julie sits on the board of Artes Mundi and is a visual arts Fellow of RSA.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives.
As the national development agency for the arts, we support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digitial art, carnival to crafts.
Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.
Between 2008 and 2011 we will invest in excess of £1.6billion of public money from the government and the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.
Work of the Visual Arts Unit in London
The work of the Visual Arts Unit is organised around two main areas:
Production - artists’ workspaces, production facilities, professional development, artists’ sales and public realm.
Presentation/distribution - galleries and commissioning agencies, marketing/audience development, visual arts education, publishing, touring and curatorial development.