Department for Culture Media and Sport

tate artist trustee

Tate holds the national collection of British art and of international modern and contemporary art, currently comprising over 63,000 works. Tate is a family of galleries and operates on six sites in the United Kingdom, with a significant digital presence.  Its mission is to promote public understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art. It does this by facilitating extraordinary experiences through the collection and an inspiring programme of exhibitions and events in and beyond its galleries.

Tate is an Exempt Charity. It is required by the Museums and Galleries Act 1992 to increase the public’s understanding and enjoyment of British art and international modern and contemporary art.  Board meetings are held in Central London, though may occasionally be held in Liverpool or St Ives.

Vacancy description:

The role will involve attending six half-day Board meetings per annum.  It may also include serving on a number of Sub-Committees of the Board, the meetings of which are likely to amount to between five and eight a year.  More information on the sub-committees can be found on the Tate website. It will be expected that this Trustee also servies on Tate’s Collections Committee, supporting the Board in matters relating to Tate’s Collections.  He or  she will also be required on the Council of Tate Liverpool. The role will also involve attending and on occasion hosting Tate events and other engagements such as openings and dinners and the annual conference for Tate non-executives.  Some additional time to study papers and give ad hoc advice will be required as necessary.  The likely total time commitment is the equivalent of two days per month.  Trustees are not remunerated, but reasonable and properly documented expenses are paid.

Skills/experience required:

The ideal applicant will have strong networks in the British art world, and preferably also abroad, and have experience of art school teaching, public commissions or residencies. Applicants should be willing to speak for the interests of the community of artists whose work is presented to the public by Tate. Candidates should therefore be able to demonstrate that they possess the following skills and attributes:

  • A practising artist in the field of painting, sculpture, installation, digital, performance art or photography, who is predominantly based in the United Kingdom;
  • Significant national or international standing recognised by exhibitions of work or inclusion in major international or national survey exhibitions;
  • A knowledge of the history of art, and the role of Tate and its importance to the nation.
  • An ability to contribute to the acquisitions process through enthusiasm to provide advice and opinions on the development of the Collection;
  • A willingness both to represent and act as an advocate for Tate in the public arena;
  • The ability to contribute to Board-level discussion and wider policy and strategy development; and
  • Strong communication skills.

Closing date:

Monday 4 March 2013 at 5.00pm.

Interviews start:

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place in mid-April 2013.

How to apply:

If you would like to see the further information and obtain the application form electronically, please go to the Tate website. 

Alternatively you can email or contact the Governance and Policy Manager at:
Tel: 020 7887 8011

Appointments are made on merit, and the process is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.


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