With a refreshingly different attitude to philanthropy, Positive View has created and launched a new approach to the visual arts.
For us, this concept has been sixteen years in the refining:
A Positive View started as a personal philanthropic photography project hosted by the Saatchi Gallery in 1994, when all the donated works were sold by Sotheby's to support the Chickenshed Theatre Company for children with learning difficulties.
Diana, Princess of Wales, was that project's Royal Patron. And in 2010, when the concept was revisited, her son Prince William became Royal Patron in his turn. On this occasion, through media partnerships and a charity auction at Christie's, over £500,000 was raised to fund an innovative photography project at Crisis, the UK's leading homeless charity.
By focusing on international contemporary photography of the highest level, each exhibition and gala auction attracted major media coverage, including extensive colour features in national and international weekend supplements, art publications and consumer magazines. The Positive View exhibitions were also covered widely through broadcast channels and across international digital platforms. It was by merit of the extraordinary calibre of exhibited work that these projects received five-star ratings from many of the industry's most highly regarded critics.
On the basis of this impressive brand awareness, Positive View, was formally launched as a charity in its own right during 2012.
Lord Palumbo has been Chairman of Positive View since February 2014.
Peter Palumbo has been Chairman of the Trustees of the Serpentine Gallery since 1994. He became Chairman of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Lord Palumbo was Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth from 1992-2007, and he is Adviser Emeritus to the Board of Governors of Whitgift School, Croydon. Since 1977 he has been a Trustee of the Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. From 1978-1985 he was a Trustee of the Tate Gallery; and from 1986-97 he was Chairman of the Tate Gallery Foundation. He was a Trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery Foundation from 1981-1987. Lord Palumbo was Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1989-1994 and a Trustee of the Natural History Museum from 1994-2004.
Lord Palumbo has wide interests in the Arts as a patron and a collector. He has both collected and commissioned contemporary paintings and sculpture, and he has a broad knowledge of the art market and of artists, collectors and dealers worldwide. He has acquired houses in the United States, by Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, and, in Paris, by Le Corbusier. Lord Palumbo is a member of the Conservative Party Arts Consultative Group; and he contributes to arts debates in the House of Lords.
Lord Palumbo was raised to the Peerage by the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher, MP, (as she then was), in her personal Resignation Honours List, in 1991.
We know that a structured personal development programme using photography can create real change for disadvantaged young people – empowering them to acquire new skills whilst developing self-confidence and self-belief. The Positive View Education Programme is unique in supporting some of London's most disadvantaged young people in this way – creating positive futures for them, most especially those living on our most heavily deprived inner-city estates.
We stage important international exhibitions of contemporary photography which is committed to making photography relevant and accessible to all sectors of the community – from diverse educational, social, economic and cultural backgrounds. Crucially, each exhibition offers an extensive range of free educational activities, including talks, discussions, tours and workshops.
Our values ensure that our approaches are consistent with who we are and how we want to be viewed by others. We aim to be: pioneering, significant, celebrated, effective, life-changing, transparent and accountable.
DESIGN: A+B STUDIO
ROBERT CRESSWELL (FINANCE DIRECTOR)
SIMON ROBERTS. After The Typhoon.
ALISON JACKSON. 'Queen With Corgies'.
MILES ALDRIDGE. 'The Rooms ≠2'.
TOM STODDART. 'Woman of Sarajevo'.
RICHARD YOUNG. 'Sophia Loren- London,1982'
DOUGIE WALLACE. 'The Queen'.
NADAV KANDER. 'Noel Gallagher, 2015'.
SUSAN DERGES. 'Ascending Moon Bridge'.
Click above to view Dennis telling his own inspirational story, filmed by leading documentary filmmaker Mark Gostick.
This details his dramatic journey from involvement with gun and knife crime to the launch of his own charity Endz 2 Endz, which, with the support of the Positive View Education Programme, uses photography to change the lives of other young people involved with gun and knife crime on East and South London estates.
Positive View’s unique ‘Take Aim. Shoot.’ project uses photography, as part of a personal development programme, to empower disadvantaged young people to build self-confidence and self-esteem, whilst acquiring new skills – all leading to a positive and fulfilling future, and importantly a sense of community.
MARK GOSTICK. 'Dennis. Positive View Ambassador'.