Congratulations to Clore Fellow and Member of our Strategic Advisory Committee Dr Maria Balshaw who has been awarded a CBE in the recently announced Queen's Birthday Honours.
Maria said “I am delighted to have been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. It is really gratifying that my work at the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery has been recognised in this way, as an affirmation of the importance of arts and culture for people in Manchester today.”
Maria, who was part of our first cohort of Fellows in 2004 is Director of Manchester City Galleries and the Whitworth Gallery which reopened its doors last February to record audience numbers. The Whitworth was recently shortlisted as a finalist of the 2015 ArtFund Museum of the Year award. Maria has also been the Strategic Lead for Culture for Manchester City Council since 2013.