Press Release

Tate St Ives New Artistic Director Announcement

 Tate St Ives is delighted to announce that the new Artistic Director will be Anne Barlow

Anne is currently Director of Art in General, New York. In a wide ranging career, she has worked for the New Museum, New York, and Glasgow Museums as well as curating a number of independent projects, and participating in numerous panels and arts juries in the US and internationally. 

Her interest in current developments within institutional, curatorial, critical and artistic practice has led to commissioning major projects from artists including: Donna Huanca, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Jill Magid, Basim Magdy, Shezad Dawood and Surasi Kusolwong. Anne was responsible for launching Art in General’s award-winning annual symposium What Now? and developing numerous collaborations and exchanges with museums and non-profit spaces across the world. Alongside, she has curated and contributed to a number of biennials including Tactics for the Here and Now, 5th Bucharest Biennale 2012 and co-curated North by Northeast, Latvian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013. 

Mark Osterfield, Executive Director, Tate St Ives commented: ‘Anne’s passion for contemporary arts practice coupled with her interest in the histories of modernism, ideally suit her to lead the artistic vision for our work in Cornwall. Anne brings to the position an in-depth knowledge of the work of Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth and modernism in Britain alongside extensive professional experience in international contemporary art.’ 

Anne Barlow said: ‘This position uniquely combines my professional experience in contemporary art with a deep and long-standing interest in St Ives and its modernist legacy. Tate St Ives is positioned to be at the heart of international exhibitions practice and to be a centre within Cornwall for artistic research and debate. Given the vibrant and very active artistic community, Tate St Ives team and the support of Tate as a whole, the gallery can offer an extraordinary experience to people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to taking Tate St Ives forward and developing its role as a focus for modern and contemporary art.’ 

Starting in spring 2017, Anne joins Tate St Ives at an exciting time, as the gallery reopens after an 18 month closure. The project, when completed in autumn 2017, will create more space to show art and new spaces for events and activities, transforming how Tate St Ives operates as a gallery. 

For press information please contact Arwen Fitch, Press and Communications Manager, Tate St Ives. Tel (+) 44 791124, email