Curator’s Column: Mark Waugh on Art360

Mark Waugh joined DACS in 2014, bringing along extensive experience of the cultural infrastructure in the arts in the UK and internationally. The organisation under the leadership of Gilane Tawadros refocused its mission to bring artists back to the centre of the ecology of rights management for visual art. The founding of Art360 Foundation was a natural culmination of work responding to a crisis amongst artists and their heirs, who were finding it hard to navigate the key challenges of how to safeguard an artistic legacy.

The Art360 App has been developed by Art360 Foundation with the support of DACS to ensure that as many artists and artists’ estates as possible can benefit from the research and knowledge accumulated through the support offered to artists through the groundbreaking Art360 Project. The project has supported more than 35 artists and artist estates in a range of legacy work including: archiving, digitising, photography, archiving and the creation of inventory records, and was funded via charity auctions and Arts Council England, The Art Fund, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Hollick Family Trust and The National Archives.

The next major project following the launch of the app is the roll-out of bursary support for Scottish artists and estates with the support of Creative Scotland, National Galleries Scotland and P F Charitable Trust. Art360 Foundation is also collaborating with the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton on Space, Light and Time: Edward Woodman, A Retrospective, which will take place from 24 November 2018 to 2 February 2019 and a publication by Artbooks of Edward Woodman: The Artist’s Eye, edited by Gilane Tawadros, Judy Adam with text by Gilane Tawadros and Woodrow Kernohan.

The AHRC Research in Film nominated documentary on the work of Edward Woodman is available online at

Image courtesy of Beverley Heath-Hoyland, Estate of John Hoyland. Photographed by Brian Benson for DACS © Brian Benson, 2016