Tate - Artist Trustee

Body: Tate
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Board meetings are generally held in Central London although may occasionally be held in Liverpool or St Ives
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: The likely total time commitment is the equivalent of two days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Prime Minister has appointed Farooq Chaudhry as Artist Trustee, at the Tate.

Date: 13/08/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    08/05/2019 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Tate holds the national Collection of British art and of international modern and contemporary art, currently comprising over 75,000 works (excluding library and archive items).  It comprises four galleries: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives and has a significant digital, national and international presence.

Tate is looking for its next Artist Trustee. The role is to replace Stephen Witherford who retires in June 2019. Tate has a policy on Trustee and Committee Member Conflict of Interest Management. Section 8 of this policy refers to how the Tate works with Artist Trustees.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • A practicing artist, maker or designer from across the cultural and creative industries including but not limited to art, architecture, performing arts, production, fashion, design or music, predominantly based in the United Kingdom;
  • A significant national or international standing supported by a successful track record and extensive experience of artistic processes;
  • An ability to contribute to the acquisitions process, based on knowledge and enthusiasm for Tate’s work in developing and sharing the Collection;
  • A willingness both to represent and act as an advocate for Tate in the public arena;
    Strong communication skills and the ability to contribute to Board-level discussion and wider policy and strategy development; and
  • A strong commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.

Desirable Criteria:

The ideal applicant will also fulfil one or both of the following criteria:

  • Strong networks and a presence in the British cultural world, preferably also with
    networks abroad, with a willingness to speak for the interests of the community of artists
    and makers whose work is presented to the public by Tate; and
  • Experience of art or design school teaching, public commissions, exchange or residencies.


Additional Information


Tate is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and an Exempt Charity.  It is governed by a Board of Trustees in accordance with the Museums and Galleries Act 1992. Its aim is to increase the public’s understanding and enjoyment of British art and of international modern and contemporary art by:

  • Making the Collection available to the public;
  • Adding to the Collection;
  • Extending the public knowledge and understanding of British, modern and contemporary art;
  • Caring for the Collection; and
  • Researching the Collection.

Tate receives Grant-in-Aid funding from Parliament, provided through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It raises the majority of its revenue through self-generated income from:

  • Admission to temporary exhibitions;
  • Tate’s relationship with sponsors and corporate members, donors, patrons and members; and
  • Tate Enterprises Limited which is Tate’s trading arm comprising catering, retail, publishing, product development, picture library and licensing;
  • National and global partnerships.

In 2017-18 70% of Tate’s income was self-generated.  This is a tremendous strength but means that Tate must be conscious of the economic climate and fluctuations in visitor numbers.

Total income for 2017-18 was £149,186,000. Of this amount, £116,894,000 was applied to ongoing operations, £8,488,000 to the ongoing capital programmes, and £22,807,000 to Collection acquisitions.

Further information on the 2017-18 activities can be found on Tate’s annual accounts and the annual report covering this period.

The Role of the Board

The role of the Board of Trustees is to:

  • Determine policy and establish the overall strategic direction of Tate within the policy and resource framework available;
  • Supervise the management of Tate by acting as guardians of the public interest;
  • Use the combined expertise of members to advise the Director;
  • Decide on major acquisitions and major resource commitments;
  • Represent Tate externally and assist in the fundraising of resources; and
  • Oversee the delivery of planned results by monitoring performance against objectives and targets.

A Trustee should have commitment to its objectives and values, and be willing to champion Tate.

A Trustee must participate in the Board’s decision-making processes, including preparation for, and attendance at, meetings of the Board, as well the Board’s Sub-Committees that they may be appointed to.

For further details please consult the Briefing Pack attached at the end of the advert. 


How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria (NB: make sure you refer to the contents of this document);
  • the Monitoring Form concerning your personal information and political activity, and the Declaration of Interests Form.

Completed applications should be emailed to: publicappointments@culture.gov.uk. Please put ‘Tate Trustee – Artist’ in the subject title.

Alternatively, if this is not possible, please post a hard copy to Christabel Austen, Public Appointments Team, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ.

Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications Wednesday 8th May at 10am.

Please note that applications received after this time will not be considered.


Ministerial Message - Tate artist trustee
Trustee and Committee Member Conflict of Interest Management
Code of Conduct for Board Members April 2011
COI Guidance - Charitable Museums and Galleries
Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
OCPA-July-2018-Monitoring-Form- FINAL
Privacy Notice- Public Appointments 2018 - applicants
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
Artist Trustee Briefing pack FINAL
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