The Board of Trustees of Tate are delighted to announce that the Prime Minister has appointed Jeremy Deller as a Tate Trustee. The term of appointment will be for four years from 10 January 2007. By statute, three of Tate’s twelve Trustees are practising artists and Mr Deller will join artist Trustees Fiona Rae and Anish Kapoor on the Board.
Jeremy Deller (born 1966) is a widely exhibited artist who lives and works in London. He studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and now acts as a curator, producer or director of a broad range of projects, including orchestrated events, films and publications. Much of his work involves collaboration with individuals and groups, often taking folk culture as its raw material, with the aim of drawing attention to activity taking place outside what is conventionally thought of as the contemporary art world. He won the Turner Prize in 2004. He sits on the Advisory Council of Tate Liverpool, and has been a Board Member of Artangel, since 2005. He holds no other public appointments and has not carried out any political activity in the last five years.
Mr Deller’s involvement with Artangel, and any potential conflicts arising from this will be managed in accordance with Tate’s newly revised policies for handling Trustee conflicts of interest which have been drawn up in consultation with the Charity Commission. Similarly, involvement by Tate with works of art created by Mr Deller will be managed in accordance with these policies and prior authorisation will be sought as necessary from the Charity Commission from whom Tate has sought guidance. This applies, for example, to an existing merchandising arrangement that Tate has with a third party using a work by Mr Deller and to the artist’s involvement in the Centre of the Creative Universe exhibition which appears at Tate Liverpool from February 2007 and which was planned prior to his appointment.