The Supreme Court Arts Trust

The Supreme Court Arts Trust

The Supreme Court Arts Trust (SCAT) was registered as a charity in 2016 to promote public education on the connection between art, law and justice in the context of the UK and the Commonwealth legal systems.

Supreme Court exhibition area

The SCAT intends to act as a platform for the presentation of historical, current, and thematic case-studies of legal subjects to a wide public audience.

It will build on the UKSC's track record of successful summer exhibitions, which have taken advantage of the considerable footfall of visitors at a period when the court is not sitting (typically c.20,000 in the months of August and September). The SCAT's aim is to make the summer exhibitions a 'destinational' activity, attracting impressive exhibit loans and reaching a wide audience with creative and thought-provoking content related to subjects of law and justice.

The SCAT has recently appointed a part-time curatorial consultant to help achieve these aims, working with the Trustees to attract sponsorship and other support to enable them to come to fruition. In the longer term (approx. 2-3 years), it is hoped the curator will oversee the commission of new art work documenting the life of the Supreme Court for future generations.

The SCAT Trustees provide a high level of experience in a range of relevant disciplines, including curatorial and exhibition design, fundraising, financial oversight and governance, and legal affairs. The Trustees are: Sir Anthony Salz (former Executive Vice Chairman, NM Rothschild and former senior partner, Freshfields) as Chair, Dinah Casson (Casson Mann), Sir Christopher Frayling (former Chair of the Arts Council for England, former trustee of V&A and Tate Britain, and former Rector of the RCA), Elsie Owusu (formerly of Feilden and Mawson, the conservation architects who were responsible for the refurbishment of the UKSC building between 2006 and 2009) and Sharon Witherspoon (formerly of the Nuffield Foundation).

The SCAT meets quarterly, and is supported by the UKSC's Director of Corporate Services, who acts as the Trust's Secretary.

At present, the SCAT is not seeking proposals for future exhibitions, but is focusing on building a funding pipeline and developing several ideas already under consideration. SCAT can be contacted via artstrust@supremecourt.uk.