Bettie Morton studied the history of art at Brikbeck College before going on to work as Indemnity Officer at the Museums & Galleries Commission for 9 years. Previous to joining Birkbeck College Bettie worked for 3 years at the Association of University Teachers.
In 2001 Bettie left the Commission to open her unique exhibition space in the heart of Brixton . The Bettie Morton Gallery on Atlantic Road. For the next 6 years the Gallery promoted new art - and sustained new artists and audiences - through a challenging monthly programme of exhibitions and events.
Bettie is the founder of the Brixton Open Art Prize. Inaugurated 2002, the Open has built a reputation as one of London's most dynamic art competitions.
Alongside the Open and in collaboration with Lambeth schools, Bettie runs the Young & Creative Art Prize for the borough's 3-19 year olds - an event she also founded. This annual competition inspires, encourages and supports young people in some of the most deprived areas of London, stimulating them to express themselves through creativity , and helping to lay some foundations for our artists of the future. Bettie is director of Young & Creative.
Bettie in her Atlantic Road gallery
In 2007 Bettie closed her Atlantic Road gallery in order to concentrate her energies on the development of Yound & Creative, the Brixton Open alongside her expanding portfolio of consultancy and curatorial work with corporate and public bodies across London.
In 2008 Bettie announced her most ambitious project ever: The Brixton Biennale whichis the true successor of the Brixton Open.
Bettie was born in Kenya, has lived in London since 1985.
Bettie giving a speech at "The London Living Room", City Hall.
In 2003 Bettie was invited by London Business Link to give a speech at the House of Commons as one of the successful local enterprises chosen from the 3000-plus small business they advise each year.
In 2004 Bettie was chosen to represent Brixton's creative industries for a bid at City Hall - part of a London Development Agency initiative to institute 'creative hubs' in London.
In 2004 Bettie received the Lambeth Community Award for her contribution in the arts in relation to work on the Brixton Open which brought communities together.
Bettie with Geoffrey Chambers, winner of the 1st Brixton Open, 2002.
In 2007 Bettie was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Contemporary Art Scociety.
In 2008 Bettie was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.