Dr Maria Balshaw

Director - Tate

Maria Balshaw joined Tate on 1 June 2017 from the Whitworth Art Gallery where she became Director in June 2006. She coordinated a challenging programme of historic, modern and contemporary exhibitions that capitalised on the Whitworth’s university location as well as having a strong international profile. She led a successful £12M capital campaign to expand the gallery and reconnect it to the surrounding park, as well as modernise and revitalise the whole gallery. In 2011 she took on the role of Director of Manchester City Galleries alongside her duties at the Whitworth. This dual Directorship represented a unique partnership between the University of Manchester and Manchester City Council, bringing the two institutions and Manchester’s historic and modern art collections into complementary alliance for the first time in their history.

Early career experience included working at Arts Council England: West Midlands. In 2004, Maria was selected as one of the inaugural Fellows for the Clore Cultural Leadership programme. Before moving into the cultural sector Maria worked as an academic, publishing a number of books and essays on African-American urban culture, gender and visuality.


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