Maria Balshaw tipped to be next Tate director

Alice Durrans, 11.01.2017
Manchester galleries director looks set to take on high profile role
Maria Balshaw is in line to be the next director of the Tate, according to reports.

Balshaw would replace Sir Nicholas Serota as he stands down after 29 years at the organisation, which consists of Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

The director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries, Balshaw made her mark in the arts sector when she led the £15m redevelopment of the Whitworth Gallery, which won the 2015 museum of the year prize.

Another highly regarded project steered by Balshaw is The Factory, the £110m arts venue planned on the former site of Granada’s TV studios.

The appointment has not been confirmed by official channels. A spokeswoman for Balshaw said the reports were speculative and she was unable to comment.  

Serota has been named as the new chairman of Arts Council England and will start his new role on February 1 2017 for a four-year term.

The Tate has not yet responded to a request for comment.