Starting at Tate Exchange

I am delighted to announce that I am joining Tate as Head of Tate Exchange. I'll be based at Tate Modern, and working across the Tate's sites.

Tate Exchange is both an experimental space and a programme that looks at the role of and the value that art can play in society. It is a space for dialogue and a platform to test new ideas that directly address issues of society; explores artistic practices/processes with the public; and works to create a closer relationship between Tate as an institution, creative collaborators and its many audiences.

I start on 5th February and am incredibly excited to be joining an amazing team and an institution (and that have made me feel so welcome already) I have admired and enjoyed all of my life, and to be playing a part in the story of Tate Exchange. It is a space that I have admired since its inception and this role is everything that my sector and academic career has been leading me towards and I can’t wait to get started.

All the info on Tate Exchange can be found here:

I’m sad to leave Futurecity - my colleagues there are the most dedicated, professional, creative and inspiring that I have ever worked with. I’m sure its not a final goodbye and I urge anyone involved in placemaking to beat a path to Futurecity’s door.

Tate Switch House

Last week I had the joy of going to see the Tate Modern's new extension, the Switch House. I saw it in full action of performances and so mobbed by the art crowd attending that I saw the circulation areas being put to the test (and largely, succeeding). 

I wrote a short review of the building for Guardian Opinion, focusing not just on the architecture but the ambition for the arts of the space, to include live and performance art and a socially-leaning art programme too. 

Unsurprisingly, I gave it 5 out of 5. 

The review can be found here and click through the images below.