Antony Snow, the urbane UK chairman of Hill and Knowlton seems to be
collecting trusteeships like other people do air miles.
Snow has just been appointed a trustee of the V&A Museum adding to an
already impressive list of commitments which includes the Royal College
of Arts, the Monteverdi Choir, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the National
Art Collections Fund.
Taking time off to pop into the office and return my call, Snow tells me
that his links with the art world go back to 1976 when he fled the UK
for America and a stint as director of the newly established Corning
Museum of Glass
‘It was a PR exercise for Corning which wanted to celebrate its one
hundredth anniversary, says Snow. ‘Not that it was all Corning glass -
we had glass from ancient Egypt, from all over the world,’ he says.
Does this mean we can expect to see the V&A adopt a more aggressively
commercial approach to its exhibits - perhaps a display on rugs
sponsored by H&K client the government of Turkey?
‘I think every museum has to think about commercial aspects very
carefully these days,’ says Snow warming to his subject
We have been warned.