On 26 April 2018 Trustees of the Hermitage Foundation UK moved on from their meeting – at which they discussed ongoing and new projects, and the appointment of a new Executive Director – to the annual Gala Dinner. This year the dinner was held in the Raphael Gallery of the Victoria and Albert Museum and as usual funds raised go towards the Hermitage 20/21 project.
In his speech, the Hermitage's Director, Mikhail Piotrovsky, asserted the importance of cultural links in difficult political times.
Three Directors: Gabriele Finaldi, Tristram Hunt, Mikhail Piotrovsky
Guests of honour were Anish Kapoor and Emilia Kabakova; those attending included Tristram Hunt (director of the Victoria and Albert Museum), Gabriele Finaldi (director of the National Gallery) Desmond Shawe-Taylor (Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures), David, Marquess of Cholmondeley, Inna Bazhenova (owner of The Art Newspaper), Moscow collector Stella Kesaeva, entrepreneurs David Iakobashvili and Mikhail Friedman, Russian-British physicist Sir Konstantin Novoselov and performance artist Taus Makhacheva.
Professor Piotrovsky approves as Geraldine Norman (outgoing Executive Director of the Hermitage Foundation UK), Anish Kapoor and his wife Sophie Walker, Hermitage Foundation Trustee Brian Allen, Chief Executive Janice Sacher and Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures Desmond Shawe-Taylor enjoy the proceedings.