The Richard Thomas Foundation was established in 2009. The aim of the Foundation is to “foster and promote the advancement and improvement of general education in all aspects of contemporary art and the development of public appreciation of such art, in particular but not exclusively by enabling performances of new contemporary art to be brought to a wider public”.
The Foundation started by supporting a series of contemporary classical music concerts at the Louise Blouin Foundation in West London, from which evolved the current policy of commissioning work.
The Foundation has supported a number of works of innovative contemporary art, with a particular focus on promoting interdisciplinary performance art. So far the Foundation has commissioned various pieces from contemporary classical and other composers; provided support to recordings and other commissions; and provided more general support to a variety of performance and dance companies mostly in London, Berlin and Amsterdam.
The Foundation is the sole shareholder of the record company Junk Ibu Limited.
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2009 — 2024
Grants the Trustees make in general need to meet the following criteria:
- the purpose of the grant is to result in the public performance, dissemination or exhibition of a new piece of contemporary art (“the work”)
- the work must be capable of being performed or shown in public
- the work should be high quality and have the potential to be significant within its field
- the work should be capable of longevity (eg through being recorded, written down, or through being scored or notated for further future performances)
- for artists, the award of the grant should stretch their creative boundaries beyond their current artistic scope
- venues in receipt of a grant must provide access to the work for the disadvantaged (eg subsidised or free tickets for the unwaged)
- grant recipients where relevant must commit to have the work performed in public by a specified date
- grant recipients may be requested by the Trustees to give a public talk to accompany the performance of the work
Helen has a lifetime interest in dance. A former teacher and lawyer, she is now a patron of the Royal Ballet School and the Rambert Dance Company. She has previously been a freelance reviewer of dance for various titles.
John E McGrath
John has spent his career working in contemporary theatre and performing arts. John was appointed Artistic Director of the Manchester International Festival from November 2015. Before that he was for seven years the inaugral Director of the National Theatre of Wales. He advises the Arts Council of England and the British Council. In 2005 he was awarded the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Cultural Leadership Award.
Following a career as a diplomat in which Nick sustained a close engagement with the arts, he became Chief Executive of the Rothschild Foundation. For government he delivered the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo – now The Hive at Kew Gardens – and the 2015 GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai. His special love is music – he was a boy chorister and is a pianist – and he has enjoyed close relationships with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic in particular.
Richard has a longstanding interest in supporting contemporary art, music and dance. His career has included leading professional service firms, being an occupational psychologist, and being a policy official at HM Treasury. Between 2002 and 2012 he was trustee and latterly chairman of the national charity Pilotlight, from which he brings his knowledge of charity governance and organisational structures. In 2012 he founded the commissioning circle for the Manchester International Festival. In 2016 he became the inaugral chair of the dance company, New Movement Collective.
Richard Thomas Foundation
Registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales Charity No: 1136375
Registered Address: 32 The Pryors, East Heath Rd, London NW3 1BS
Trustees: N.S.Archer J.E.McGrath C.R.V.Thomas H.E.Webb
Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid tax relief for UK taxpayers. Download Gift Aid declaration form
Bank: National Westminster Bank, PO Box 2BA, 69 Baker Street, London W1U 6AT
Accountant and Independent Examiner: MHR Consultancy
Junk Ibu Limited
Company Registration No: 09476006 (England & Wales)
Registered Address: Ferneberga House, Alexandra Road, Farnborough, GU14 6DQ
Directors: S.A.Guild C.R.V.Thomas J.K.Zeußel