Tate announces appointment of new director Maria Balshaw

Maria Balshaw’s appointment as the new director of Tate was confirmed today after receiving the Prime Minister’s approval. Announcing the appointment, Chairman of the Trustees of Tate, Lord Browne, said Balshaw has “the vision, drive and stature to lead Tate into its next phase of development”.

A champion of Manchester’s cultural renaissance, Balshaw has been the director of the University of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery since 2006, director of Manchester City Galleries since 2011, a board member of Arts Council England since 2014 and has recently assumed the role of Director of Culture for Manchester City Council.  Continue reading

Think you know Britain well? Become an art detective for Tate

The Tate has put out a plea for help. Can you help their archivists identify the locations in artist John Piper’s photographs?

Piper, born in 1903, was a leading artist of the mid-20th century. Over his lifetime he took thousands of photographs across the British Isles. He originally began taking the photographs when he worked with John Betjeman on the Shell County Guides, capturing shots of ruined abbeys, churches, old shop fronts and country inns, often fascinated by remote or forgotten places. Later in his life he would paint these sights too, capturing a world on the cusp of change. Continue reading