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Dr Maria Balshaw CBE, Tate

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© Hugo Glendinning, 2017
© Hugo Glendinning, 2017

Ugo Rondinone, Liverpool Mountain, 2018.
Ugo Rondinone, Liverpool Mountain, 2018
Installation view at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool   
© Photography by Rob Battersby    

Tate St Ives
Tate St Ives  © Photography by Dennis Gilbert

Cerith Wyn Evans, Forms in Space…by Light (in Time), Late at Tate - Stance

Cerith Wyn Evans, Forms in Space…by Light (in Time),
Late at Tate - Stance  

© Photography by Dan Weill

Cultural Leadership in Changing Times; Gender, Power and Uncertainty

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE
Director of Tate

28 March 2019 (Thu) | 6:45PM
Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall
Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

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Language: English

Free Admission. Registration required.

This talk will reflect on Dr Maria Balshaw’s life and career in academia, the arts and museums as a series of unusual lessons about the challenges of leading beyond disciplinary training and the joys of embracing creative failure.  She will reflect on the positive changes and remaining challenges for women leaders, in the rapidly shifting political and cultural environment arts leaders are required to work in today.

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE is Director of Tate, a role she has held since June 2017. She has overall responsibility for Tate’s strategic direction and day to day operations.  As Director, Maria is also the Accounting Officer appointed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Previously, as Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries, Maria was responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery.  As Director of Culture for Manchester City Council from 2013-2017, Maria played a leading role in establishing the city as a major cultural centre. 

Maria is a Board Member of The Clore Leadership Programme and Manchester International Festival, she was a Board Member of Arts Council England until March 2018.  Maria was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015. 

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