The Barns-Graham Trust

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) was one of the foremost painters working in St Ives after moving there in 1940. Her paintings, alongside those of her contemporaries (including Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo) that comprise the St Ives school, contributed greatly to the development of Modernist British painting in the mid to late twentieth century. Since 1960 she divided her time between her homes in St Ives and St Andrews, affirming herself as much a Scottish as Cornish artist. The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust was established by Wilhelmina in 1987, and came into effect following her death in January 2004. It was created to secure her life’s work and archive for future generations.

The Barns Graham Charitable Trust appointed Iridescence to provide a strategic overview of the trust and its activities, to evaluate whether or not it was meeting its objectives and to determine a secure financial strategy for the organisation’s future.

Following our work, Geoffrey Bertram, Chairman of the Trust commented: “Iridescence provided a detailed critical assessment and suggested a range of options which could help the trust improve levels of funding. Their review has helped the trustees determine what is, and what is not, worthwhile to pursue, and where the trust could be doing things better. Overall, their insights have been very important in saving the trust time and money, and are the foundation on which future decisions are being made”.

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