About Us

The Hyman Collection is the private collection of Claire and James Hyman. It began in 1996 and consists of over three thousand artworks, from across the world, in all media.

Highlights of the collection include:

  • Anya Gallaccio's most famous work, Red on Green, a floor of ten thousand fragrant English tea roses laid on a bed of their stalks, which has been exhibited across the world.
  • Zhang Huan’s sculptures made from the ash of incense sticks burned in Buddhist Temples.
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson’s major four screen film installation, Pent Up.
  • Spitting Image original life-size puppets of Margaret Thatcher and her government ministers.
  • Bill Brandt. One of the most important collections in the world

In the last fifteen years the collection has focused on international photography from its origins to the present. In particular, the Hyman Collection seeks to support and promote British photography through acquisitions, commissions, loans and philanthropy. The collection includes artists working in photography as well as documentary photographers, and historic as well as contemporary photographs. It has an equal number of works by male and female artists and seeks, especially, to support the work of contemporary women photographers.

2015
The Hyman Collection launches www.britishphotography.org as an education resource based entirely on British photographs in the collection.

2018
The Hyman Collection donates 125 photographs to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, USA

2018-19
The Hepworth Wakefield stages Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection.

2019
The Hyman Collection donates 100 photographs to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, UK.

2020
The Hyman Collection announces the first of a series of commissions, Heather Agyepong’s new series Wish You Were Here.

Dr. Claire Hyman

Claire is a Specialist in Oral Surgery. She qualified in dentistry from Manchester University in 1995 and went on to gain her Fellowship in Dentistry at The Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 1998. In 2000 Claire was accepted as a Specialist in Oral Surgery. She is an active member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons. For the past 16 years Claire has worked as an Oral Surgeon for the Royal Free NHS Trust.

Dr. James Hyman

James is an art historian and art dealer. He received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute (University of London) and is a leading authority on twentieth century British art, especially the painters of the ”School of London”. His doctorate on the subject was published as The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in Britain during the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2001). He is a trustee of the Robin and Inge Hyman Charitable Trust and of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.

An interview with James about the collection

Dr. Claire Hyman and Dr James Hyman

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