Honorary Fellow; Director of Tate
History of Art
Maria Balshaw is Director of Tate, a role she has held since June 2017. She has overall responsibility for Tate's strategic direction and day-to-day operations. As Director, Maria is also the Accounting Officer appointed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Previously, Maria was Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester; Director of Manchester City Galleries; and Director of Culture for Manchester City Council. Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Critical Studies from the University of Liverpool and a Master of Arts degree in Critical Theory and a DPhil in African American Visual and Literary Culture from the University of Sussex. In 2015, she was awarded a CBE for services to the arts.