|After 11 years at the forefront of Manchester’s arts and cultural scene, The University of Manchester today announces that Dr. Maria Balshaw will step down as Director of the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries in early summer, to take up the role as the first female Director of Tate.
Maria has been an integral part of the city’s cultural reinvigoration, helping to secure Manchester’s place as an internationally significant home for the arts. Alongside her role as Director of two major Manchester institutions, she held the post of Director of Culture for Manchester City Council and in 2015 was awarded a CBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, said: 'Under Maria’s inspiring leadership the Whitworth, and the arts in Manchester, have been transformed. The numerous awards and accolades the Whitworth has received are a testament to the high esteem her work is held in by the culture sector. Though we are very sad to see her leave, it is in recognition of her achievements in Manchester that she has been selected for such a prestigious new position.'
Maria Balshaw commented: 'I am honoured that the Tate trustees have asked me to be Director and take forward the next exciting chapter of Tate’s life. I’m immensely proud to have played a part in making Manchester one of the leading cultural cities in the world and I look forward to seeing what my wonderful colleagues at the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery do next.'Continue reading >