After three years at the helm of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Nathaniel Hepburn will be leaving at the end of September to take up a new position as Director (Chief Executive) of The Charleston Trust.
During his tenure, he has overseen many landmark developments in the museum’s continuing evolution since its 2013 re-launch. Exhibitions including Underground: 100 Years of Edward Johnston’s Lettering for London, The Animals of David Jones and currently Eric Gill: The Body, as well as commissions of contemporary artists such as Cathie Pilkington, Mark Hearld, Bob and Roberta Smith, American artist David Wolske and have seen the museum open up to wider audiences. The innovative The Village of Type featuring the ArtFund crowd-funded the Big Steam Print celebrated the contemporary relevance of Ditchling’s artistic heritage. Earlier this year Nathaniel led a partnership of nine Sussex museums to stage the successful Sussex Modernism exhibition at London’s Two Temple Place. Along with a significant expansion of the museum’s permanent collection, the organisation has received four Arts Council England grants as well as attracting over a £300,000 in grants during this period.
Nathaniel Hepburn said:
It is with mixed emotions that I leave Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft; it is a wonderful time in the development of the museum and I am proud to have contributed to its continuing progress by overseeing this most recent phase. Ditchling was a place of important artistic innovation, and I am delighted that the museum is now full of life, excitement and creation. I would like to thank all of the staff, volunteers, funders, supporters and the museum’s wider community for all their support and friendship over the last three years.
Nick Pinks, Chairman of Trustees said:
We would like to thank Nathaniel for his hard-work, enthusiasm and energy at Ditchling. He leaves the organisation in a stronger place with a committed professional team, a newly developed 10-year strategy and very exciting upcoming programmes soon to be announced. We look forward to working with Nathaniel in his new role at Charleston.
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft will launch recruitment for a new Director in the coming weeks.