Gormley named most influential art and design figure

Artist Antony Gormley, whose One & Other commission for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth launched this week, has been named the most influential and powerful person in art and design in an industry poll.

Gormley was elected the most influential ‘established’ art and design figure in this year’s Hospital 100 poll, which was voted on by members of the Covent Garden-based Hospital Club, and by other members of the creative industries.

Alasdhair Willis, founder of Established & Sons, is second, with Alan Wogan, managing director of Jotta magazine third, artist Raqib Shaw fourth, and Nicholas Serota, director of Tate Modern, fifth.

In a separate ‘emerging’ category, Francesco Pedraglio, director of London project space Form Content, comes top, with Nick Hackworth, director of gallery Paradise Row, second. Artist Matthew Stone comes third, graphic designer Kate Moross fourth, and Jackson Boxer, who runs exhibition space Hats Plus, fifth.

The organisers of the Hospital Top 100 say the rankings are based on ‘genuine current contribution and importance, not just the size of someone’s celebrity status, profile, bank balance, titles or past reputation’.

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