Tate Americas Foundation Board of Trustees today announced that from 5 May 2020 Paul Britton has been elected Chair and Bob Rennie will be President of the Board. Paul Britton succeeds Pamela Joyner who has been Chair of the Board since 2017.
Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Paul Britton and Bob Rennie to further our vision to be an artistically adventurous and culturally inclusive, global art institution. Their demonstrated interest in the arts combined with impressive records of business achievement, and a long-term commitment to Tate Americas Foundation, make them outstanding choices for these roles.
I would like to thank Pamela Joyner for her tireless leadership since 2017, not least for creating a new business model for Tate Americas Foundation, expanding its Board of Trustees and broadening the acquisition of works by North and Latin American artists for Tate’s collection.”
Paul Britton has been a supporter of Tate for years and became a Trustee of the Tate Americas Foundation in 2015. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee and Chairs the Investment Committee. “Throughout my involvement with Tate, I have found it to be intellectually exciting. Support from the Americas is critical to maintaining its position of prominence among global art museums.” said Paul Britton. “It is an honor to be provided this opportunity to work more closely with and for Tate, and it will undoubtedly present both a challenge and enormous opportunity at this unique moment and in the months and years to come.”
Bob Rennie was elected to the new position of President of the Board of Trustees. He has been a trustee since 2018, after chairing the North American Acquisitions Committee from 2009 to 2016. Bob Rennie said, “What a privilege, to work closely with the Tate Americas Foundation Board and Tate leadership and curators. I am really looking forward to expanding the Tate platform and turning up the volume of artists voices in our new world, which I see as an important mission for art institutions. Tate is a very special institution, with its already earned worldly voice steeped in art history, and now Tate has an opportunity to create new art history as we get to the other side of today’s challenges.”
Catherine Carver Dunn, Executive Director of the Tate Americas Foundation said: “There is no doubt that Paul Britton and Bob Rennie will be visionary leaders for the Foundation.”
Tate Americas Foundation
Tate Americas Foundation is a 501 © 3 independent charity which has raised over $300 million since its foundation in 1999, acquires works of art from the Americas for presentation to Tate and raises money to grant to Tate for the support of capital programmes, scholarship, exhibitions and education. It is custodian of a $25 million acquisitions endowment which was gifted by Sir Edwin and Lady Manton in 1988. The foundation launched the North American Acquisitions Committee in 2001 and the Latin American Acquisitions Committee in 2002, together they provide Tate with over $1 million annually for acquisitions of contemporary art in the Americas. Notably these were Tate’s first acquisitions committees, a model that has since been expanded by Tate to other geographical regions. Tate Americas Foundation offices are in New York at 520 West 27 Street #404, New York, NY 10001.
Paul Britton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Investment Advisors responsible for running the overall strategy and direction of the firm. Capstone is a volatility based hedge fund which oversees nearly $7 billion based in New York with 5 offices around the world with 160 staff. Mr. Britton grew up in London, England and moved to New York in 2000 and started Capstone in 2004. He currently serves on the Boards of the US Soccer Foundation, Friends Seminary and the Tate Americas Foundation. Paul and Laurel Britton started the Britton Family foundation in 2015 to support a variety of global causes.
Bob Rennie founded the Rennie Group in 1975. The Rennie Group advises and offers data based risk management to the development industry. In 2009, Rennie opened the Rennie Museum in the oldest structure in Vancouver’s Chinatown to display works drawn from a collection with strong focus on issues of identity, social injustice, and commentary, and the nature of painting, photography, and appropriation. Rotating monographic and thematic exhibitions accompanied by catalogues are open free to the public, as are speaker series and innovative education and internship programs. Bob’s deep commitment to supporting both emerging and established artists has created a collection of over 2,000 artworks by more than 400 artists, with approximately 50 artists collected in depth spanning their career.
A recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award (2004), an Honorary Doctorate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2008), and the Order of British Columbia (2014), Bob was Chair of Tate’s North American Acquisition Committee and a member of Tate’s International Council Executive Committee. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017, Mr. Rennie made one of the largest donations of contemporary art received by the National Gallery of Canada in recognition of the nation’s 150th birthday.