Lisa Milroy portrait
Lisa Milroy


Lisa Milroy is a British-Canadian painter originally from Vancouver. Since 2005, she has been a Royal Academician and is currently Head of Graduate Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. After a period as a student at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (1977–8), she settled in London and studied art at St Martin’s School of Art (1978–9) and Goldsmiths College, University of London (1979–82). Her first solo exhibition, in 1984, was of small still-life paintings depicting common objects, either singly or in sets. These were technically remarkable works. Her subsequent series of paintings of objects in groups (rows, clusters, layers or grids) borrowed the language of hardware catalogues, shop display windows and formal arrangements in art and photography, while nonetheless creating autonomous visual statements. Sometimes her arrangement of objects was influenced by their functional identity, so that, for example, stamps become islands for the eyes to travel between or wheels speed forward at an unstoppable visual pace. Later works have continued to emphasise the arrangement of objects in relation to the picture plane. She has recently painted more humorous pictures, including cartoon-like images of Japanese geishas in incongruous situations, first exhibited in 2003.

Why I wanted to become a Tate Trustee

Information to come

Appointment information

Appointed by: Prime Minister
Appointment: 20 July 2013
Term expires: 19 July 2017

Other Membership:

  • Tate Britain Advisory Council
  • Collection Committee

Declaration of Members’ Interests between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015


Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Directorships of companies2


Membership of non-profit making organisations3

Royal Academician



Connections between Trustees and others connected with Tate5


Any other interests6

Mark Godfrey, connection with Slade (professional)

Signed by Lisa Milroy on 8 April 2014


  • 1. Employment, remunerated trade, profession, public office or consultancy
  • 2. Directorships of companies, both public and private, both remunerated and unremunerated
  • 3. Membership of non-profit making organisations, clubs or associations and professional bodies which have significant dealings with Tate or whose activities could relate to Tate’s work
  • 4. Names of companies and organisations in which the member or his/her family or associates has a controlling interest or shares or securities and which could be involved in the supply of goods or have business dealings with Tate
  • 5. This includes commercial interests with other Trustees, Tate’s lawyers (Withers; Linklaters; Farrers; Finers Stephens Innocent) and Tate’s auditors (National Audit Office, RSM Tenon and Grant Thornton).
  • 6. Trustees are advised to declare anything which a member of the public, knowing the facts, might reasonably think is significant and relevant.