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Vanessa Branson
Arts in Marrakech Festival
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Vanessa Branson

Company: Arts in Marrakech Festival
Title: Founder
Location: -, United Kingdom
Fields of operation: Art, Design, Culture

Vanessa Branson founded the Vanessa Devereux Gallery (1986 -91) in Portobello Road, London where she showed a number of emerging artists including William Kentridge's UK debut exhibition. Between 1999 and 2004 Prue O’Day and Vanessa curated the Wonderful Fund collection at the Museum of Marrakech, involving 15 people investing in the fund with which Prue and Vanessa purchased works of contemporary art to reflect the pulse of the times. The idea was that ownership would be shared but that the purchasing would be done by the curators. Over the next five years, the pair visited artists' studios, galleries, degree shows and art fairs in America and Europe looking for a spectrum of work as broad as possible. It was then exhibited at the first Arts in Marrakech Festival. Vanessa and her partner own and run Eilean Shona, a tidal island on the west coast of Scotland. In 2005 she became the President and Founder of the Arts in Marrakech (AiM) Biennale, a Festival bringing together visual arts, literature and film in Marrakech. Vanessa is trustee of the British Moroccan Society, as well as a Trustee of Virgin Unite and a champion of ecological and social issues around the world.