The Trustees of Modern Art Oxford have announced the appointment of Paul Hobson as Director of the gallery. He replaces Michael Stanley, one of the most dynamic gallery directors in Britain who died age 36 last year. Michael joined the gallery in January 2009 and during this time he delivered a vibrant and critically acclaimed artistic programme”.
Mr Hobson, brings significant knowledge, experience, skills and networks to the gallery having worked in the visual arts sector for more than twenty years. He will take up his position in September 2013.
On making the announcement today, David Isaac, Chair of the Modern Art Oxford Trustees said: `Paul is an excellent choice to lead Modern Art Oxford in this important phase of its history. The trustees and staff are thrilled with his appointment and are poised to work with him to shape the future of the gallery, and to ensure it continues to make a vital contribution to the development and understanding of contemporary art’.
Paul Hobson said: `I am delighted to have been appointed to lead Modern Art Oxford, especially as we approach our 50th anniversary in 2015. I look forward to working with the Board and the team to build on the gallery’s reputation for ambitious, bold and internationally acclaimed programmes that support artistic excellence to bring contemporary art to the widest audience, whilst ensuring the gallery’s robust and sustainable future.’
Paul Hobson joins Modern Art Oxford from the Contemporary Art Society, where he has been Director since 2007. Under his leadership, the charity strengthened its programmes and profile, and underwent an unprecedented period of growth and remodelling, enabled through a significant increase in income generation from public and private sources. Paul was the Interim Director of The Showroom gallery, London and for five years, the director of a private charitable foundation supporting new work by emerging artists. His previous positions include senior roles at the Serpentine Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts. Paul Hobson read Modern History at Oxford University and he has an MA in Aesthetics & Contemporary Visual Theory and an MA in Arts Management & Policy.