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 (remotely at present)
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Not remunerated. Reasonable and fully documented expenses are reimbursed
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.

This campaign has been discontinued and will relaunch at a later date.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 5th October

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 2nd November

  • Announcement

    Campaign discontinued


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Tate holds the national collection of British art and of international modern and contemporary art, currently comprising over 77,000 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 John Akomfrah, who retired in June 2020.

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.


Person Specification

Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they possess the following skills and attributes:

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;
  • A strong desire to reinvigorate cultural life through and after the COVID crisis;
  • 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

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.

The executive leadership of Tate rests with the Director and Accounting Officer Dr Maria Balshaw and members of the Executive Group who are responsible for carrying out the day to day running of the galleries within the strategic direction set by the Board of Trustees.  A Trustee should be prepared to work with the Director and Tate staff to facilitate a free exchange of advice.


How to Apply

To apply, please send the following four documents:

  • 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.


If you would like a confidential discussion regarding any reasonable adjustments during the process, please also indicate this in the covering email or letter.

Completed applications should be emailed to: publicappointments@dcms.gov.uk. Please put ‘Tate Trustee – Artist’ in the subject title. The closing date for applications is Monday 14th September at 23:00.

For queries in relation to Tate or further information on the role please contact Samuel Jones, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, on 0207 887 8888 or email trustee.appointments@tate.org.uk.  For questions regarding the Public Appointments application process, please contact the Campaign Manager, Rhianna Bridgewater at rhianna.bridgewater@dcms.gov.uk.


Diversity Monitoring Form
Declaration of Conflicts of Interest Form
Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies
Public Appointments - Privacy Notice 2020
Tate - Artist Trustee Briefing Pack (1)
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