After 11 years at the forefront of Manchester’s arts and cultural scene, The University of Manchester today announced 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.
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Excerpt from Report in The Guardian 11th Jan 2017....
Maria Balshaw, the hugely respected leader of Manchester’s galleries and a driving force in the city’s cultural renaissance, is expected to replace Sir Nicholas Serota as director of Tate.
The hunt for Serota’s successor, to one of the most powerful jobs in the arts, has been ongoing since it was announced in September he was standing down after almost 30 years.
Balshaw has been talked about as a favourite ever since. It is understood she has now been chosen by Tate trustees. Her name has been put forward to the government and it still needs to be formally agreed by the prime minister. A decision is not expected until at least next week.
Balshaw has been director of the Whitworth Art Gallery since 2006. She became joint director of the Whitworth and the Manchester Art Gallery in 2011. In 2014, she in effect became Manchester’s cultural attache when she took on the role of strategic lead for culture at the city council.