Power 100

Most influential people in 2021 in the contemporary artworld


Elisabeth Murdoch

Collector - Founder and chair of Freelands Group

93 in 2021

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Ludovic Robert c/o SISTER

Alongside its annual report, ‘Representation of Women Artists in Britain’, Murdoch’s Freelands Foundation has turned its sights (and money) towards a long-overdue research project into racial inequality in art education. Partnering with the race equality thinktank Runnymede Trust, Freelands Foundation aims to publish the report ‘on access to visual art for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse students’ in autumn 2022. The foundation has also committed £800,000 to two arts institutions, Wysing Arts Centre and the UAL Decolonising Arts Institute, which combined will support 120 artists from underrepresented backgrounds in presenting work at museums and galleries around the country. Alongside this, the non-profit supports another 15 organisations including the Arts Council, Open School East, and Create London, and has loaned £3m to the worldwide Arts & Culture Impact Fund. The Freelands Award, which gives a mid-career female artist a prize of £100,000, continues annually; this year, the prize is awarded to Jacqueline Poncelet.

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