Renowned curator of photography Kate Bush has joined the British Science Museum Group as head of the photography department and reportedly will lead an ambitious program of photography exhibitions for Media Space at the Science Museum and the National Media Museum. She will also lead efforts to develop a major touring program that brings the world-class national photography collection to a wider British and international audience.
Bush took up the newly created role at the end of July. She was previously head of Art Galleries at the Barbican Centre.
The announcement was made by Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group, who said: "In luring Kate to our group of museums, we are uniting the most inspiring advocate for photography I’ve met with one of the greatest photography collections in the world. Media Space has made an excellent start in raising the profile of the National Photography Collection; the next step is to ensure our exhibitions become an integral part of the top league touring circuit."
Building on the momentum of last year’s launch of Media Space, the new role will include forging strong relationships throughout the international photography community and securing key temporary exhibitions for the two museums in London and Bradford. It will also oversee an active acquisitions plan.
Kate Bush's successes at the Barbican included "Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s", which was shortlisted for Exhibition/Curator of the Year in the Lucie Awards for Photography, Los Angeles.
She was also Chair of the judging panel for the 2014 Kraszna Krauz Foundation Book Awards and has judged several major prizes including the Turner Prize and the Hasselblad Award.
She said: "I am thrilled to be joining a museum with such an exciting and energetic vision for the future. This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to create a world-class program of photography exhibitions in the beautiful new galleries in London, as well as Bradford and internationally. I can see tremendous scope in this role to develop new audiences and new approaches to the exhibition and study of photography. It's an extraordinary collection which demands to be better known and I am looking forward to working with the teams to achieve that."