Newcastle native Anita Zabludowicz received an OBE in 2015 for her services to the arts. She and her Finnish husband Poju founded the Zabludowicz Collection, a philanthropic organisation that includes a continually growing contemporary art collection and a programme of international exhibitions, events and artists’ residencies. Housed in a former 19th-century Methodist Chapel in Chalk Farm, North London, in March it will bring together artists from the Collection who use photography to question fact and fiction for the exhibition, You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred.
HOTSHOE: How did you start buying art and at what point did you realise you were building a collection?
AZ: My husband Poju and I made the decision to collect art in 1990, we decided that I should first research and learn, and then take it slowly from there. 23 years later, I am still learning and discovering every day.
H: What was the first work