Visitor passing by pillars at Tate Britain

© James Deavin

Director, Tate Britain

Dr Penelope Curtis


Conceive and execute the curatorial programme of collection displays and exhibitions at Tate Britain and to represent the gallery externally and internally.


In 1988 Penelope Curtis joined the new Tate Gallery in Liverpool as Exhibitions Curator. In 1994 she moved to the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, where as curator, she was responsible for a programme of historical and contemporary sculpture exhibitions, collections building in sculpture and archives, and research activity including events, fellowships and publications. She has written widely on 20th-century British sculpture, on European art and architecture of the inter-war years, and on many contemporary sculptors including Thomas Schütte, Gerard Byrne and Isa Genzken. She is author of Sculpture 1900-1945: After Rodin (OUP, 1999) and Patio and Pavilion: The place of sculpture in Modern Architecture (Ridinghouse, 2007).

Tate Britain Curatorial Department

The Curatorial Department at Tate Britain is responsible for the programme of exhibitions and collection displays of British art from around 1500 to the present day, and for researching and building, through purchase and gift, Tate’s Collection of British art.