Maria Balshaw, the head of Manchester’s Whitworth gallery since 2006 and Manchester city galleries since 2011, may soon be named the first female director of Tate, Mark Brown and Helen Pidd of The Guardian report.
There has been much speculation about who would succeed Nicholas Serota since he announced he would step down from his thirty-year term at the helm of the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives in September.
Tate’s board of trustees has submitted Balshaw as the candidate chosen to fill the appointment and is waiting for approval from prime minister Theresa May. A spokesperson of Tate told artforum.com that the search for the new director is still ongoing and that the organization has no announcements to make at this time.
As director of the Whitworth, Balshaw spearheaded a $14.5 million expansion project that led to a surge in attendance and helped it to secure the Museum of the Year award in 2015. Considered by many to be a favorite for the position, Balshaw has been credited as a leader in Manchester’s cultural revival.