Tate to name Balshaw as Serota successor

Maria Balshaw, the director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries, is expected to be named to succeed Sir Nicholas Serota at director of Tate.

Balshaw has been a clear favourite since it was announced that Serota was to leave to become chairman of Arts Council England, though some believed she would be reluctant to leave Manchester which she has been a key part of a cultural revival since she arrived at the Whitworth in 2006.

Two years ago she took on the strategic lead for culture for the city council, and was involved the development of the £110m venue The Factory for which a planning permission decision is expected soon.

In 2015 she completed a much praised £15m revamp of the Whitworth, opening it out to the park behind and using her close relationships with artists such as Cornelia Parker to stage eye-catching exhibitions in the new spaces. The Whitworth was the 2015 Art Fund Museum of the Year.

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