Somerset House appoints exhibitions director

Somerset House has appointed the Hayward Gallery’s senior curator, Cliff Lauson, as its new director of exhibitions.

“This revived role will play a major part in shaping the artistic vision for Somerset House” said Jonathan Reekie, director of the Somerset House Trust, “ensuring that our distinctive profile as a world-class venue that attracts critical acclaim and reaches new audiences continues to grow in London, nationally and internationally.”

Somerset House has a range of galleries that Lauson will be responsible for programming including Embankment Galleries, the three Terrace Rooms, and the East Wing and West Wing Galleries as well as installations in its courtyard and around the site.

Lauson, who worked at Tate Modern and the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver before arriving at the Southbank in 2009, said: “Somerset House is a brilliant and vibrant cultural hub, with a range of compelling spaces and a plethora of in-house artistic talent. More than ever, we need empowering artistic connections to inspire and question society, and I very much look forward to working with the team and numerous creative collaborators to produce an open, innovative, and relevant cultural programme.”

He takes up the role in March.

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