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Victoria and Albert Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation announce the creation of a new post


Panel of 15 tiles. Persian earthenware, fritware. Iran, 13th-15th century.

The V&A Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation are delighted to announce that Dr. Moya Carey will become the Iran Heritage Foundation Curator, Iran Collections, in the Asian Department of the V&A. This new curatorial role is one of a series of positions created as part of Iran Heritage Foundation's new programme of developing strategic partnerships with major academic and cultural organisations.

"Dr. Carey brings a wonderful combination of expertise, imagination and an in-depth knowledge of Iranian art and culture," said newly appointed Iran Heritage Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Ladan Akbarnia. "Coming from a curatorial background myself, I am particularly excited about this important position and I look forward to supporting Dr. Carey in her new role."

Of Dr. Carey's appointment, Mark Jones, Director of the V&A, said: "The V&A and Iran Heritage Foundation have a long history of collaboration. The appointment of Dr. Carey was made possible through a generous grant from the Iran Heritage Foundation and will enable the V&A, for the first time, to devote the resources of a full time curator to its considerable Iranian collections."

About Dr Moya Carey

Dr Carey earned her doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2001. Since then, she has worked for a number of organisations with important Iranian collections, including the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection in Geneva, the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin and the British Museum in London; she has also taught at university level at Aga Khan University, SOAS, and at the Sotheby's Institute and Birkbeck College.

About the Iran Heritage Foundation

The Iran Heritage Foundation is a UK registered charity and the leading supporter of Iranian studies in the UK. It promotes academic research through fellowships, grants, scholarships and publications. In association with museums and leading institutions, the Iran Heritage Foundation organises exhibitions and convenes conferences on the history and contemporary culture of Iran.

Since its inception in 1995, the Iran Heritage Foundation has organised or supported 40 conferences, 36 multi disciplinary events and exhibitions, and 62 film and performing arts festivals and events. It has facilitated the study and understanding of Iran's history and contemporary culture through 59 academic and travel grants, 65 cultural and academic publications, and 7 university fellowships. Previous events include 'Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran' at the British Museum, 2009; 'Iran: New Voices' at the Contemporary Iranian Theatre, Film and Video Art Festival, Barbican, 2009; 'Iranian Contemporary Art and Culture' - the first ever exhibition of contemporary Iranian art in Europe - at the Barbican, 2001; and 'Women: The Heart of Iranian Cinema' at the Film Festival and Conference, BFI, 2002.

About Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A is the world's greatest museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A's collections, which span over 2000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform. The V&A has one of the most extensive and renowned Middle East collections in the world with an extensive Iranian component.

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