British Council Appoints New Director for Architecture Design and Fashion

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Sarah Mann will replace Vicky Richardson as the new Director of Architecture Design and Fashion at the British Council.

Mann joins from the National Trust where she was Program Lead for London developing a contemporary strand to a portfolio of historic properties.

Previous accomplishments include programme Manger for a three year season of arts projects for the British Council called Connect ZA and a ground breaking series of exhibitions at Somerset House including SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Fair, Maison Margiela 20 and Tim Walker: Storyteller.

A department which has provided inspiration for me for from the beginning of my career.

As Director of Architecture Design Fashion, Sarah will lead on the British Council’s work producing, commissioning and coordinating a diverse array of projects linking designers and cultural institutions around the world, which range from showcases of international architecture and fashion in the UK to major international touring exhibitions and the British presentation at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Mann said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Architecture Design Fashion team at the British Council, a department which has provided inspiration for me for from the beginning of my career.”

Richardson is leaving to work on exhibition and writing projects, and to continue research she began as part of a recent Master’s degree in History. Under her leadership, the department has seen considerable growth in opportunities for British designers for overseas.

In addition to spearheading successful international showcases at London Fashion Week and London Festival of Architecture her team have turned the British Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale into an important opportunity for research as well as a showcase for the best of British architecture.



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