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DACS appoints artists Adham Faramawy and Simon Patterson as Board members

Artists Adham Faramawy and Simon Patterson to join our Board, and Janette Parris is reappointed
Vanessa Giorgo

DACS welcomes artists Adham Faramawy and Simon Patterson to our Board, and congratulates Janette Parris on her reappointment.

The DACS Board plays a pivotal role in realising DACS' mission to transform the financial landscape for visual artists.

We are delighted to welcome Adham Faramawy and Simon Patterson to the DACS Board, who each bring unique perspectives, as both artists and DACS members. As part of the Board, they will ensure artists' voices continue to be at the forefront of our mission to transform the financial landscape for visual artists. And I am delighted to congratulate Janette Parris on her reappointment. She has proved an exceptionally diligent Director and we all greatly value her contributions.”

Margaret Heffernan
DACS Chair

Joining DACS' Board is a privilege and a responsibility. As an artist, I understand the challenges of our community firsthand. I applied for this role to be a voice for fellow artists and to champion their rights to ensure they receive the recognition and support they deserve.

Adham Faramawy

I applied to be an artist member of the DACS board, partly because I have been a beneficiary of Artist Resale Right royalties, but also because I have become increasingly aware of the importance of artists’ copyright - its impact is far reaching and little understood, and not just by artists.

Simon Patterson

I am delighted to be reappointed as a board member. DACS actively champions artists and safeguards their rights, and it has been a privilege to be part of its journey over the past four years. I look forward to further contributing to its mission and working alongside the rest of the Board.

Janette Parris

Biographical details of the new board members

Adham Faramawy works across media including moving image, sculptural installation, print, painting, and wall-based works engaging concerns with materiality, touch, and toxic embodiment to question ideas of the natural in relation to marginalised communities. Adham has screened and exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery, and Somerset House, London. They are a lecturer in fine art at both Goldsmiths and Oxford Universities, was a trustee at New Contemporaries and is currently a member of the Royal Academy Schools Committee.

Simon Patterson
studied at Goldsmiths’ College in London and took part in the seminal ‘Freeze’ exhibition of 1988. In 1992 he made his best-known work to date, The Great Bear, a reworking of Harry Beck’s classic London Underground map. In 1993 he showed a pair of Last Suppers at the Aperto of the Venice Biennale, in which the disciples took the formations of football team, with Jesus Christ in goal. He was nominated for the Turner prize in 1996. He has made numerous permanent and temporary works and has exhibited at major museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthaus Zurich; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, The Hayward Gallery, London; and Tate Britain, Liverpool and Modern.

Janette Parris
investigates the contemporary urban experience. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally for 25 years including TATE, The New Art Gallery Walsall, ICA, Kunsthaus Zürich, Hayward Gallery Touring, Art on the Underground, Royal Academy of Arts, Cardiff Story Museum for Museums At Night 2014, and in the site-specific exhibitions 'Everyday Heroes' at the Southbank Centre and on Southend High Street, for the Focal Point Gallery’s annual Bridge Commission. Recent exhibitions include Emplotment at the Ludwig Museum Budapest, Poor Things at The Fruitmarket Gallery and Life Is More Important Than Art That’s Why Art Is Important at the Whitechapel Gallery. Parris is the founder of Arch, an established comic exhibited in the British Library’s Comics Unmasked in 2014.

Find out more about over Governance and the DACS Board.