On Wednesday 1 September 2010 Tate is participating in Ask a Curator day and we’d like you to take part. Ask a Curator is a global, 24 hour Q&A session on Twitter and you can send questions about art, exhibitions and what goes on behind the scenes to Tate curators, as well as curators at museums and galleries worldwide. Two Tate Curators will be stationed at computers here, logged into the @tate Twitter stream, for an hour each on the day to answer your questions (be nice, they’re new to Twitter!). The curator of Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, Martin Myrone, will be on Twitter from 11.00–12.00, and Christine Riding, curator of the forthcoming Gauguin: Maker of Myth exhibition, from 15.00–16.00. See below for some information about each of them to give you ideas for what you might like to ask. Ask Martin and Christine your questions using the #askacurator hashtag with @tate in the tweet too, so they can pick it up.

Martin Myrone

Martin Myrone curator
Martin Myrone is Curator of 18th and 19th Century British Art at Tate Britain.

Martin Myrone is Curator of 18th and 19th Century British Art at Tate Britain. He’s worked at Tate since 1998. Recently, Martin’s worked on Gothic Nightmares (2006), Turner and the Masters (2009), and most recently Rude Britannia: British Comic Art (2010). Martin says Rude Britannia ‘was a lot of fun, and a very different sort of experience - working with comics and cartoonists like Gerald Scarfe and Harry Hill.’ His favourite ‘Tate moment’ was ‘probably the first day of Gothic Nightmares, and seeing two nuns heading straight for the erotic drawings that were being shown behind a discrete veil!’

Martin will be participating in Ask a Curator day 11.00–12.00 (London time!), Wednesday 1 September 2010.

Christine Riding

Christine Riding Gauguin wall
Curator Christine Riding adds another piece of the jigsaw to her wall of Gauguin images

Christine Riding is Curator of 18th and 19th Century British Art at Tate Britain, and she’s also co-curator of the upcoming Gauguin: Maker of Myth exhibition at Tate Modern. You can follow Christine’s experiences of this on her Douglas Gordon / Art and the Sublime (2010), Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting (2008) and Hogarth(2007).

Christine will be participating in Ask a Curator day 15.00–16.00 (London time!), Wednesday 1 September 2010.

You can find out more about the event on the Ask a Curator website and follow the hashtag #askacurator on Twitter.


John Stack

Hi Martha

Thanks for your message.

Yes, we are. We are considering live question-and-answer sessions on social media websites, new Twitter feeds for curatorial and other departments and the use of Twitter as a kind of discussion forum for several upcoming exhibitions.

In addition, we are working on rolling out blogging to other curators at Tate in the near future.


Martha Daniels

Dear Mr. Stack,

Are you planning on doing another AskACurator event or something similar?

I'd love to know. Thanks. Martha Daniels