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Tate Intensive: Making Tomorrow’s Art Museum

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Diverse perspectives on current and future museum practices around the world

The first edition of Tate Intensive: Making Tomorrow’s Art Museum, took place 4-8 July 2016.  A group of 30 museum professionals - from Brazil, China, South Korea, Russia, Greece, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, India and the UK - came together for a series of activities and workshops led by contributors including Tate staff, artists and many other culture professionals.  

Daily visits to exhibitions and collection displays at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and other London art organisations, including Chisenhale Gallery and Delfina Foundation, complemented discussions held in the new Tate Exchange spaces at Tate Modern.  The group shared knowledge and experience of current practices and emerging trends that are shaping museums, exploring areas such as collecting, public engagement, accountability and international collaboration. It was a diverse, dynamic and highly engaged group who brought great breadth of experience: curators working both independently and in institutions of various sizes and contexts, as well as professionals with a focus on arts education, digital and marketing.  

Their interactions with Tate Curators also opened up opportunities for frank peer-to-peer discussions about not just common challenges and how these are tackled, but also around differences, and how these are determined by the specific contexts in which each individual is operating.

Download the full programme for Tate Intensive: Making Tomorrow’s Art Museum.

Colour photograph of crowd

Tate Intensive 2016 participants, © Tate

Keynote speakers

Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries

Frances Morris, Tate Modern Director

Farshid Moussavi, Architect

Cornelia Parker, Artist

Nicholas Serota, Tate Director

2016 participants

Browse the slideshow below to find out who participated in Tate Intensive in 2016:


Miguel Amado

Senior Curator, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK


Natasha Barzaghi Geenen

International Relations Advisor, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil


Ben Borthwick

Artistic Director, Plymouth Arts Centre, UK


Kate Brindley

Director, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK


Ilaria Conti 

Assistant Curator, 2016 Marrakech Biennale


Katherine Dennis

Independent curator and Adult Public Programs Coordinator, Vancouver Art Gallery


Sandra Dyck

Direct, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada


Yael Filipovic

Public Engagement Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney, Australia


Katherine Finerty

Independent Curator, UK


Aurore Fournier

Programme Director at People’s Liberty, Cincinnati, US


Latika Gupta

Curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art and at KHOJ International Artists’ Association, Delhi, and Independent Curator


Ekatarina Karavaeva

Head of the International and Exhibitions Department, Moscow Kremlin Museums, Russia


Yoonseo Kim 

Curator, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (GMoMA), South Korea


Essie Lash 

Marketing manager, Guggenheim Museum, New York


Li Qi

Senior Curator, Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), Shanghai, China


Jade Keunhye Lim

Head of Exhibitions at the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), South Korea


Esther Lu

Director, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taiwan


Yung Ma

Curator, Service création contemporaine et prospective, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


Ashley Mask

Macy Gallery Fellow and doctoral student in Art and Art Education at Columbia University, Teachers College, New York City


Chelsea Nichols

Curator of Modern Art at Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa)


Tina Pandi

Art Historian and Curator, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens, Greece 


Anne Reeve

Assistant Curator, Glenstone Foundation, US


Luisa Santos

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences of Universidade Católica, Lisbon


Kamini Sawhney

Curator of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai, India


Lisa Slade 

Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide


Isabella Tam 

Assistant Curator at M+, Hong Kong


Adele Tan

Curator, National Gallery Singapore


Nandini Thilak

Assistant Curator, Mehrangarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur, India

Workshop contributors

Rob Baker, Tim Batchelor, Achim Borchardt-Hume, Caroline Collier, Elena Crippa, Anna Cutler, Marko Daniel, Clare Doherty, Alex Farquharson, Inga Fraser, Mark Godfrey, Emma Green, Alistair Hudson, Victoria Ivanova, Pete Jones, Samuel Jones, Clara Kim, Hilary Knight, Emma Lewis, Sam McGuire, Richard Martin, Emma Moore, Anna Murray, Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Judith Nesbitt, Shwetal Patel, Emily Pringle, Valentina Ravaglia, Rebecca Sinker, Nada Raza, Emily Vigliar, Katy Wan, Zoe Whitley and Linsey Young.

Tate Intensive 2017

Interested in taking part in Tate Intensive: Art Matters in 2017? Find out more and apply here

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4–8 July 2016