August 16, 2017

Tate Director Maria Balshaw Appointed Honorary Professor at University of Manchester

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND—Maria Balshaw, director of Tate since June 1, has been appointed honorary professor at the Univeristy of Manchester School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures. From 2006 to 2017, Balshaw was director of the University of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery and the Manchester Art Gallery, during which time she also served as director of culture for the Manchester City Council. Balshaw has been widely credited with reinvigorating the Manchester cultural sector.

Prior to her time in Manchester, Balshaw was lecturer in cultural studies at University College Northampton, research fellow and lecturer in visual culture at the University of Birmingham, a director of creative partnerships for Arts Council England.

The Whitworth Art Gallery’s interim director Nick Merriman, also director of Manchester Museum, has been made an honorary professor as well.

In a statement, professor Alessandro Schiesaro, head of the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, said, “We are delighted to welcome Maria and Nick as Honorary Professors. They have a passion for the arts, and will both unquestionably be inspirational to our students and staff. We are looking forward to working with and learning from both of them in the years to come.”

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