The Clore Leadership Programme is delighted that Dr Maria Balshaw CBE is appointed as the next Director of Tate. As one of the first cohort of Clore Fellows in 2004, and a current Trustee of the Programme, her leadership talent has long been evident, and her outstanding leadership of culture in Manchester, particularly across the Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries, has demonstrated that she will be a worthy successor to Nicholas Serota.
The Clore Leadership Programme's Patron Dame Vivien Duffield has welcomed this appointment:
"I have known Maria since 2004 when she was one of the first Fellows appointed to our new Clore Leadership Programme. She has steadily emerged as a natural leader, with genuine vision and significant talents. Her transformation of Manchester’s public galleries has spanned bold contemporary interventions and revitalising the use of historic collections. The Whitworth, with its Clore Learning Studio, is a stand-out example of how university museums can connect to their communities, and become vibrant arts organisations for diverse and often new audiences. Under Maria’s leadership, the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery have both seen record visitor figures. By any measure, her achievements in Manchester have been extraordinary.
Having worked closely with Tate since my Foundation funded the Clore Gallery in the 1980s, I am now delighted that Maria will be the person taking this great institution forward, building on Nicholas Serota’s incredible legacy. I can think of no-one better equipped for the role."
You can access the full press release from Tate here.