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Prince of Wales awards UK's leading arts philanthropists

Those who received medals from Prince Charles included Lord Rothschild, Delfina Entrecanales, and Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker

Delfina Entrecanales receiving her medal from Prince Charles. Photo: Paul Burns, © Arts & Business

Prince Charles awarded five medals to arts philanthropists at a ceremony at St James’s Palace on 11 December. The ceremony took place shortly before the Prince of Wales was due to leave for South Africa, to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Among this year’s recipients is Lord Rothschild, who supported the recent campaign to save Titian’s two Diana paintings for the National Gallery and National Gallery of Scotland. He also helped fund the restoration of Auckland Castle in northeast England, which houses the Zurbarán paintings of “Jacob and his Sons”, 1640s. The Rothschild Foundation has donated to London’s Courtauld Institute, the British Museum and Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. It is also supporting a plan to establish a Migration Museum, which might take the form of an exhibition in shipping containers that would travel around the UK.

Delfina Entrecanales, who moved from Spain to Oxford during the Spanish civil war, was honoured for providing studios for artists through her Delfina Foundation. In recent years, she has supported artists from North Africa and the Middle East. Her donations to the arts total around £20m.

Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker, who now live in Salzburg, have mainly supported music, but last year they donated nine British paintings to the Tate, including works by Jacob Epstein, David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj, Lucian Freud, Rachel Whiteread and Peter Doig. Although their value was not announced at the time, the paintings are worth around £12m.

The two others who received the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy were Lady Bernstein (for supporting dance) and Philip and Christine Carne (for helping young people go into drama and music).

The awards, initiated in 2008, are run by Arts & Business, an organisation that promotes sponsorship. Its director, Philip Spedding, opened the proceedings by pointing to a massive regional imbalance: London receives £41 per head in individual giving to the arts, whereas the rest of England gets less than £1.

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Normally I do not like extremely rich people, but if they gif their money away in the form of art, I love them!

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