Integrated within Tate Modern’s Curatorial team, the Centre’s core team work with the wider Curatorial team to lead or contribute to exhibitions, collection displays, acquisitions and public events. The Centre’s core team also work closely with the Learning & Research and Digital departments as well as other colleagues at Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, to connect Tate with a wide network of peers and academic partners.
The Centre is led by Dr Sook-Kyung Lee, Senior Curator, International Art (Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational). Lee has had responsibilities for the research and acquisition of art from the Asia-Pacific region for the Tate collection and previously headed Tate Research Centre: Asia (2012–16). As Exhibitions & Displays Curator at Tate Liverpool she curated several exhibitions and collection displays such as Doug Aitken: The Source and Thresholds. Lee also served as the Commissioner & Curator of the Korean Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale. She recently curated Nam June Paik, which opened at Tate Modern in October 2019 and will tour in Europe, USA and Asia, co-organised by Tate Modern and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Curators Nabila Abdel Nabi and Devika Singh are embedded in Tate Modern’s Curatorial team to carry out acquisition and programme related curatorial work, with a focus on the Centre’s aim of contributing to the development of the ‘transnational’ framework.
Nabila Abdel Nabi is an art historian and curator based in London. She is currently Curator, International Art at Tate. She was previously Associate Curator at The Power Plant, Toronto and prior to that she was Gallery Manager at The Third Line, Dubai. She has worked on solo exhibitions and facilitated new commissions by artists including Hajra Waheed, Vivian Suter, Omar Ba, Emeka Ogboh, Abbas Akhavan, Kapwani Kiwanga, Karla Black, Michael Landy, Kader Attia, Amalia Pica and Jonathas de Andrade, among others. She recently curated the exhibition Hold Everything Dear at The Power Plant, Toronto. She holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a BA from the University of Chicago.
Devika Singh is currently Curator, International Art at Tate. Her work focuses on modern and contemporary art and architecture in South Asia and the global history of modernism. Singh was Smuts Research Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies of the University of Cambridge and a fellow at the Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris. She holds a PhD from Cambridge and was a visiting fellow at the French Academy at Rome, the Freie Universität and the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. She has published widely in journals and exhibition catalogues. Recent exhibitions curated by Singh include Planetary Planning at Dhaka Art Summit (2018); Gedney in India at CSMVS, Mumbai (2017) and Duke University (2018); and Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2019).
The Centre’s activities are devised and managed by Emma Jones, Research Manager. Organisational and research support is provided by Odessa Warren, Research Coordinator.
The Centre is guided by Tate’s internal Steering Committee, which consists of Tate-wide directors and senior members of staff with expertise in Tate’s core activities including the collection, displays and exhibitions, research and national and international partnerships. The Steering Committee members input into and steer the Centre’s strategy and output and align our events with Tate’s programmes at all Tate sites: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.
Opportunities to get involved
The Centre offers a variety of short-term posts that are designed specifically to offer developmental opportunities to researchers and curators from around the world. These are tiered to support people at all stages of their careers. Opportunities, open calls and grant applications will be listed here when they arise.
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Visiting Fellowship Programme
This programme provides academics and curators with the opportunity to develop their independent research that aligns with Tate’s research interests.
Updates will be posted on this webpage when new Fellows are in place.
Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions & Programmes, Tate Modern
Anna Cutler, Director of Learning and Research
Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art (Europe and Americas)
Clara Kim, The Daskalopoulos Senior Curator, International Art (Africa, Asia & Middle East)
Sook-Kyung Lee, Senior Curator, International Art (Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational)
Neil McConnon, Director International Partnerships
Gregor Muir, Director of Collection, International Art, Tate Modern
Emily Pringle, Head of Research
Charlotte Reeves, Head of Corporate Partnerships
Clarrie Wallis, Senior Curator, Contemporary British Art
The Centre is also supported by an Advisory Board, which consists of external academics working in the field of transnational art history. The role of the Board is to advise and steer the Centre’s strategic direction and to help develop a wider network in academia and artistic communities across the world.
Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern
Professor Oriana Baddeley (University of the Arts London)
Professor Monica Juneja (Heidelberg University)
Professor Christian Kravagna (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University)
Professor Ming Tiampo (Carleton University)