The 10 most powerful women in the arts in the UK
10. Emily Eavis - Glastonbury, co-organiser
The daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has been sharing her father’s responsibilities for organizing the UK’s biggest music and arts festival since 2000. Eavis curates her own stage called The Park, where musicians such as Yoko Ono and James Blake performed in 2014, and also books acts for sought-after slots on the iconic Pyramid stage.
Prior to her role as the Royal Court’s first female director, Featherstone was the inaugural artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland and a BBC drama executive, creating original drama series such as Silent Witness. She is known for championing new writing talent and has said, “The notion of producing classics really bores me. What challenges me is being the first person to uncover a play.”
8. Amanda Sharp - Frieze Art Fair, co-founder
The co-founder of Frieze Art Fair has transformed London’s art scene into an essential stop on the global calendar. The fair, which features more than 170 contemporary art galleries, has more recently attracted a particularly fashion-forward crowd, which has led some to label it the world’s fifth fashion week. Two new branches, Frieze New York and Frieze Masters, were launched in 2012.
7. Amanda Berry - BAFTA. chief executive
The chief executive of BAFTA is acknowledged to have one of the most powerful jobs in British film. Since her appointment in 2000, she has transformed the Academy board, which was financially flailing at the time, to hold its own against its glitzy American counterparts during award season. She oversees BAFTA’s nine awards ceremonies as well as its charitable learning program that consists of more than 200 events each year.
6. Penelope Curtis - Tate Britain, director
Though 2014 was a year of mixed reviews for the director of the Tate Britain (a schedule of unsatisfactory exhibitions left critics calling for her to go) she undoubtedly holds one of the most high-profile positions in the male-dominated museum world. Appointed in 2010, she oversaw the £45 million redevelopment and rehang of the gallery, whilst simultaneously staging blockbuster exhibitions including Picasso and Modern British Art and LS Lowry.
5. Kanya King - MOBO Awards, founder