Tate Modern Course

Tate Intensive: Art Matters

A group of participants sitting in a circle looking at a presentation

Tate Intensive workshop with curator Zoe Whitley and mima director Alistair Hudson

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A dynamic programme that focuses on key questions facing art galleries and museums in the twenty-first century

Tate Intensive: Art Matters took place 9-14 July 2017.  A diverse group of 28 museum professionals – from Armenia, Australia, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland,  South Africa, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the US, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the UK – came together for a series of activities and workshops led by contributors including Tate staff and other culture professionals.

Discussions held in the Tate Exchange spaces at Tate Modern were complemented by visits to exhibitions and collection displays at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the South London Gallery.

The group tackled challenging and pertinent questions facing art institutions in the twenty-first century, including their social role, choices around content and canons, ethical issues and how to enact change.

Download the 2017 programme for Tate Intensive: Art Matters.

Keynote speakers

Maria Balshaw, Tate Director

Alex Farquharson, Tate Britain Director

Isaac Julien, artist

Karen MacKinnon, Director of Artes Mundi

Frances Morris, Tate Modern Director

Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, London


Browse the slideshow below to see who took part in Tate Intensive: Art Matters 2017

Photograph of Alice Teng

Alice Teng, Associate Curator in Visual Art, M+, Hong Kong

Photograph of Agnieszka Kilian

Agnieszka Kilian, Independent Curator and Researcher, Poland

Photograph of Andrew Mulenga

Andrew Mulenga, Freelance Arts Journalist, Zambia

Photograph of Ann Mulrooney

Ann Mulrooney, CEO of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Ireland

Photograph of Annie Bedford

Annie Bedford, Information Manager, Tate

Photograph of Antonio Cataldo

Antonio Cataldo, PhD Researcher and currently employed at the OCA, Office for Contemporary Art, Norway

Photograph of Armen Yesayants

Armen Yesayants, Director of Exhibitions, Cafesjian Center for the Arts (CCA), Armenia

Photography of Candice Allison

Candice Allison, Independent Curator, South Africa

Photograph of Cliford Zulu

Cliford Zulu, Assistant Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Photograph of Dunja Rmandić

Dunja Rmandić, Associate Curator Projects, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australia

Photograph of Emily Butler

Emily Butler, Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, UK

Photograph of Fatma Hendawy

Fatma Hendawy, Independent Curator, Egypt

Photograph of Hoe Sue Fern

Hoe Su Fern, Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Lead of Arts and Culture Management, Singapore Management University Singapore

Photograph of Jennifer Foley

Jennifer Foley, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, U.S

Photograph of Justė Jonutytė

Justė Jonutytė, Director and Curator, Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania & Founder and Curator, Tema gallery

Photograph of Kathleen Reinhardt

Kathleen Reinhardt, Curator of Contemporary Art, Albertinum, Germany

Photograph of Koven J. Smith

Koven J. Smith, Director of Digital Adaptation at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, U.S

Photograph of Kyung An

Kyung An, Assistant Curator, Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S

Photograph of Lijie Wang

Lijie Wang, Art Historian and Cultural Entrepreneur, Beijing, China

Photograph of Michael Forero

Michael Forero, Museum Project Manager at Colombia's National Museum and co-founder of Museo Q, Colombia

Photograph of Michael Wellen

Michael Wellen, Curator, International Art,Tate Modern

Photograph of Mifta Zeleke

Mifta Zeleke, Curator and founder of Guramayne Art Center, Ethopia

Photograph of Nahla Al Tabbaa

Nahla Al Tabbaa, Community Programme Coordinator at Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

Photograph of Naz Cuguoğl

Naz Cuguoğl, Programs Manager of Zilberman Gallery and co-founder of Collective Çukurcuma, Turkey

Photograph of Rachell Morillo

Rachell Morillo, Community Engagement Associate, Studio Museum Harlem, U.S

Photograph of Renée Mboya

Renée Mboya, Writer, Curator and Filmmaker, Nairobi, Kenya

Photograph of Zara Stanhope

Zara Stanhope, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and previously Principal Curator and Head of Programmes at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand

Photograph of Sun A Moon

Sun A Moon, Independent Curator, Seoul, South Korea

Interested in taking part in the 2018 Tate Intensive? Find out more and apply

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9–14 July 2017