Delfina Foundation

Alain Servais

Strategic advisor

Alain is a passionate collector of contemporary art and a frequent commentator on the art industry and market.

Alain Servais was selected by Artnet for their list of 200 Art Collectors Worldwide in both 2014 & 2015 and by BLOUIN ARTINFO for their list of The 50 Most Exciting Art Collectors Under 50.  Based in Brussels, Alain shows his collection in a former factory in an industrial area in the north of the city, which also offers residencies for visiting artists. 

Actively engaged in the issues of the art industry and market, Alain is an avid ‘information-sharer’ via twitter (@aservais1) and his email blog.  He also founded and designed the smartphone app European Art Tour (E.Art.T) and Registr’art, the service company to private collectors.  He is a member of numerous art juries and committees including Art Basel’s Council of Global Patrons.

Alain originally trained in investment banking in New York and London and was Head of International Bond Trading at Banque Dewaay in Brussels. He is currently an independent consultant to banks in the management of Asset-backed Securities and a member of the technical committee that introduced Belfox, the Belgian futures and options exchange.

Photo credit: Jean Leprini 

Calum Sutton

Strategic advisor

Calum is a leading communications specialist, and has helped build prestigious global cultural brands.

Calum founded SUTTON, a cultural communications agency, in London in 2005. Since then the company has opened offices in Hong Kong (in 2012) and New York (in 2014). He now employs a team of over 60 staff, who work on projects worldwide for inspiring individuals and world-class organisations including museums, galleries, art fairs, biennales, performing arts organisations, festivals, non-profit foundations and corporate supporters of the arts.

Prior to founding SUTTON, Calum was Head of Communications for the Saatchi Gallery, and was previously the Press Officer for Tate Modern.

Calum has a background in Art History with a BA from University College London followed by an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. 

Princess Alia Al-Senussi

Strategic advisor

Alia is an active member of the contemporary art world, with a special focus on arts and culture in the Middle East.

Princess Alia Al-Senussi graduated Brown University Magna Cum Laude in 2003 with a double concentration in International Relations (honors) and Middle East Studies. Alia holds an MA in Political Science from Brown University (2004) and an MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society from the London School of Economics (2005). Alia is studying towards her PhD with Professor Charles Tripp at SOAS (London) in the field of Middle East politics, focusing on the nexus of politics, national identity and art & culture.

Alia holds a variety of non-profit board and committee positions as well as taking an active role in promoting young patronage of the arts in London, and collecting in the Middle East. The majority of Alia's philanthropic is through chairing, founding, and/or running museum patrons groups.

 

Alia is Chairman of the Tate Young Patrons (and representative to the Tate Patrons board), co-chair of the Parasol Future Unit and founding International Co-Chair of the Chinati Foundation Contemporaries Council as well as a member of the Committee for the Serpentine Gallery Future Contemporaries group. Alia is a founding member of the Tate Committee for Middle Eastern and North African Acquisitions, the Board of Patrons of Art Dubai, the Board of 1:54 - The African Art Fair, and the Middle East Circle of the Guggenheim.

Alia is a member of the Board of Trustees (the Council) of the Institute of Contemporary Arts London. She sits on the Board of Trustees for the Global Heritage Fund as well as their partner organization in the UK. Amongst Alia’s professional commitments, Alia works as the VIP Relations for the Middle East and consultant for Art Basel and an Executive at Generation Three Family Partners, a multi-family office based in London and Zug, Switzerland, as well as a liaison to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for their art and sponsorship activities in the Middle East and an ambassador to Farfetch.

Mark Wallinger

Strategic advisor

Mark is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists and a former resident artist of Delfina Studio Trust. 

Mark Wallinger’s works include sculpture Ecce Homo (1999), the first artwork chosen to occupy the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, the permanent installation Via Dolorosa in the crypt of the Duomo in Milan, Sinema Amnesia (2012) outside the Turner Contemporary in Margate and State Britain (2007) at Tate Britain, for which he was awarded the 2007 Turner Prize, having previously been nominated in 1995.

Mark represented Great Britain at the 2001 Venice Biennale, and has held solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery in London, Tate Liverpool, Vienna Secession, Museum for Gegenwartskunst in Basel and Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

His work has recently been the subject of a major survey at the Museum de Pont in the Netherlands (2011) and his latest solo exhibition, SITE, took place in 2012 at Baltic, Gateshead. Recently his ballet, UNDANCE, was realised with Wayne MacGregor at Sadlers Wells (2011), and he was one of three artists commissioned for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 at the National Gallery in London as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Mark's work is displayed in the collections of many leading international museums including Tate, MoMA New York, and Centre Pompidou Paris. He is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths College and of the London Institute, an Honorary Doctor of The University of Central England and a member of the South Bank Board. He is represented by Hauser & Wirth.

Maryam Eisler

Strategic advisor

Maryam is a collector, patron and advocate of contemporary art.  She is the Executive Editor of several Thames & Hudson publications.

Maryam Eisler has played a leading editorial role on Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios (2012), Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces (2013) and more recently, London Burning: Portraits from a Creative City (2015); the latter explores the dynamics that have underpinned the city’s artistic scene at a critical time for its creative future.  She has written for various exhibition catalogues and international magazines including Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar Art, Art+Auction and Canvas among others.

Maryam is both a collector and a patron of the arts.  Her particular areas of artistic interest are Modern and Contemporary British, American and Iranian Art.  She has close affiliations with a number of institutions at the patron and board-level.

Maryam sits on the Board of Trustees of The Whitechapel Gallery.

At Tate, she is a member of the International Council and co-chairs its Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee (MENAAC).  She is a founding member of the Middle East Committee at the British Museum, a member of the Guggenheim’s Middle East Circle and a member of Photo London’s advisory board as well as a nominator for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize.

Maryam received her BA in Political Science at Wellesley College 89’, where she is currently a Trustee, and a MBA from Columbia University 93’.  She has previously worked in marketing at L’Oreal and at Estee Lauder.

Sheena Wagstaff

Strategic advisor

Former Chief Curator at Tate Modern, Sheena is Chairman of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Sheena Wagstaff is the Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She leads the Museum’s program of modern and contemporary art for the Met Breuer on Madison Avenue, in addition to the modern and contemporary galleries at the Met.

With a curatorial team representing a wide range of international expertise in the arts of the 20th and 21st century, she is responsible for building a collection that is distinct, reflecting the historic depth of the Met’s encyclopedic collections, while representing the work of artists worldwide who are making good art today, encompassing painting, sculpture, film, architecture, design, decorative arts, and multi-disciplinary installations.

For the Met Breuer, opening March 2016, she has initiated an international contemporary exhibition program, including art drawn from the Met's encyclopedic historic and geographic collections.

Before joining the Met, Wagstaff was Chief Curator of Tate Modern, London. Over the course of her career, Wagstaff has worked for Tate Britain, London; the Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.  She has curated numerous exhibitions, written/edited catalogues, and lectured widely.

 

Hammad Nasar

Strategic advisor

Hammad is Head of Research & Programmes at Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.

Formerly based in London, Hammad Nasar is a curator and writer. He co-founded Green Cardamom, a not-for-profit organisation that focused on art from South Asia and a commitment to exhibition-led enquiry. He was also a Fellow of the UK’s Clore Leadership Programme and Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, London. 

Hammad has lectured at, curated exhibitions for, and contributed to public programmes at numerous institutions internationally, including the Sindh Museum in Pakistan, the British Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, SOAS, and Whitechapel Gallery in the UK, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT), Asian Art Museum (CA), and the Pacific Asia Museum (CA) in the USA. He most recently organised an exhibition and symposium at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University (NY) entitled Lines of Control, part of an ongoing project that looks at the idea of partitions as a productive space—where nations are made.

He is currently Head of Research & Programmes at Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.

Maria Sukkar

Strategic advisor

Maria is an avid collector and supporter of art institutions including the British Museum, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chisenhale Gallery, Camden Art Centre, South London Gallery, HomeWorks and Beirut Art Centre, to name a few.

Maria Sukkar majored in Nutrition and Dietetics (M.Sc Clinical Nutrition) and had her private practice in Beirut, Lebanon before relocating to London in 2004 where she became involved in various cultural and artistic platforms. In the UK, she is part of the International Council at Tate and sits on its Middle Eastern Acquisitions Committee and its Photography Acquisitions Committee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Showroom.

Maria also sits on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Director's Circle and on the New Museum's International Leadership Council in New York. In 2012, Maria was also an Executive Committee member of the Art and Patronage Summit in London. She has been a nominator of the Prix Pictet for Photography since 2010 and is on Photo London's Advisory Board.

In addition to her commitment to the arts, Maria is a trustee of the St. Jude's Cancer Center for Children in Beirut and the GREAT Initiative in London. She is an active member of the Chain of Hope.

 

Luiza Teixeira de Freitas

Strategic advisor

Luiza is an independent curator, working with curatorial projects and with private collections.

Luiza Teixeira de Freita's work specially focuses on researching artists’ books and independent publishing projects.

Together with her father they direct the Teixeira de Freitas Collection that has developed a specific part in artists books, editions and ephemera in parallel to its main works.

Recent exhibitions include: An infinite Conversation at Museu Berardo, Lisbon (2014); Damián Ortega: Apestraction at Freud Museum London (2013); A man is walking down the street... at Cristina Guerra, Lisbon (2012); and The Exact Weight of Lightness at Travesia Cuatro, Madrid (2012).

Luiza Teixeira de Freitas lives and works between Lisbon and London.

Jon Snow

Strategic advisor

Jon Snow  is a journalist and television presenter.  He has been the face of Channel 4 News since 1989.

Jon Snow joined ITN in 1976 and became Washington Correspondent in 1984. Since then, he has travelled the world to cover the news – from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela, to Barack Obama's inauguration and the earthquake in Haiti. 

His many awards include the Richard Dimbleby Bafta award for Best Factual Contribution to Television (2005), and Royal Television Society awards for Journalist of the Year (2006) and Presenter of the Year (2009).

As well as presenting the programme, Jon writes Snowblog - a unique take on the day's events - and Snowmail - a preview of the evening programme's main stories.

Joana Schliemann

Strategic advisor

Over 20 years Joana's work in the arts included publishing, film, co-producing and marketing of cultural television, including the Southbank Show, in Munich, New York, Los Angeles and London.

Joana Schliemann is the author of Verrückt nach Troja (Crazy for Troy) a children’s biography of Heinrich Schliemann and founded her production company, Mind the Gap Productions, to focus on cultural 'gaps'. She was the Editor-at-Large at Brightwide, an internet platform featuring social and political films and connecting them to NGOs. On a project basis, Joana has worked with the Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Stockholm.

Joana has been a Programme Contributor for cultural diplomacy for the inaugural Edinburgh International Culture Summit and is a Senior Advisor for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. She initiated a two year lecture series to raise funds for Clic Sargent, featuring high profile speakers from the arts and politics.

Joana is a member of the International Development Council of the British Film Institute and a Trustee of the Kartika Soekarno Foundation UK and a WOW (Women of the World) Patron.

She has a BFA degree from Parsons, The New School for Design, NY and Paris, and read Ancient Indian Philosophy, Buddhism and Islam at the School for Oriental and African Studies, London.

Jane & Louise Wilson

Strategic advisor

Former residents of Delfina Studio Trust, Jane and Louise Wilson are internationally known artist collaborators working with photography and the moving image.

The work of Jane and Louise Wilson has often centred on abandoned buildings, which are imbued with the presence and ideology of the original occupants. Through carefully choreographed film installations, sound works and photography they have explored some of Europe’s least accessible sites including the former Stasi Prison in Berlin, the British Houses of Parliament and the huge Star City complex in Moscow, a key site of the Russian Space Programme. In 1999 they were nominated for The Turner Prize for the multi-screen installation Gamma.

They have exhibited nationally and internationally including the Carnegie International (1999), Korean Biennial (2000), Istanbul Biennial (2001), Guggenheim, Bilbao (2003), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2003), Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006), CGAC in Santiago de Compostela and Sharjah Biennial (2011).

More recently, exhibitions have included The Toxic Camera at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Ruin Lust at Tate Britain and Conflict, Time and Photography at Tate Modern.

In 2016, Jane and Louise will present a two person exhibition at MIMA, Middlesborough with future exhibitions including The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angelos in 2017 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2018.

Jane is a board member of DACS and Senior Tutor Moving Image at the RCA, London. Louise is a board member of the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art and Head of Photography at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Jane and Louise Wilson are represented by 303 Gallery, New York and Helga de Alvear Gallery, Madrid.

Helena Kennedy QC

Strategic advisor

Baroness Kennedy is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues. She is a member of the House of Lords.

Helena has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. Helena has used many public platforms – including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997 – to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. 

She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.

Helena is currently on the board of the Independent newspaper, which she has done since 1998 and is a member of the Media Standards Trust. She has been a trustee of the British Museum since 2005. And she is also a trustee of the Booker Trust, which administers the famous literary prize. She is a patron of many charities, including Poets in the City, Safe Hands, Medical Aid for Palestinians, the Civil Liberties Trust and the Patients Association.

May Calil

Strategic advisor

May is involved in a select number of non-profit arts organisations. She is the Chair of the Young Patrons of the Royal Academy and sits on the board for Chinati Contemporary Council.

May studied History of Art at Cambridge University (Kings College) and went on to do a Masters at SOAS in Islamic Art and Architecture. May has spent over 8 years working in arts development and has held posts at the Wallace Collection, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Tate before founding May Calil Consultants. 

With her years of experiencing working in and with institutions both as a fundraiser and donor, May offers clients a unique perspective.Clients include Artist Rooms Foundation, Chisenhale Gallery, Frieze, Cass Sculpture Foundation and Create London. 

May is Chair of the Young Patrons of the Royal Academy and sits on a number of boards including The Chinati Contemporary Council and Chisenhale’s Development Board. She previously sat on the Board of Trustees of Auto Italia.  She is an avid collector of contemporary art and has strong relationships with young artists and galleries. 

Maria Muller

Strategic advisor

Maria Muller is the deputy director, external relations for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Maria was formerly the Director of Development at the British Museum, and Head of Corporate Fundraising and Deputy Head of Development at London’s National Gallery.

She is also an advisor for Beyond Borders Scotland.

Rana Sadik

Strategic advisor

Rana Sadik, Collector and Director of MinRASY projects, Kuwait.

Rana Sadik is a Board Member of the Welfare Association, a Board Member of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, and Bidoun.  She is also the director of MinRASY PROJECTS.  An avid supporter of cultural projects, Sadik’s interests are academic, artistic and curatorial.  

Sadik is a life-long resident of Kuwait.  She recently conceived a four part public space project in Kuwait thematically exploring Palestinians in Kuwait. This culminated in a museum project – Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence.