So Sir Nicholas Andrew Serota is quitting as director of the Tate, to become the new Chair of Arts Council England in September.
This will leave a vacancy that has to be filled and that can start the transfer carousel rolling. As the person filling that post will most likely leave another Art institution with an open vacancy that has to be filled and so on.
Who are the women that could possibly fill these posts.
Dr. Maria Jane Balshaw is the director of Manchester city galleries and the Whitworth. Balshaw is also on the National Council of the Arts Council England and Director of Culture for Manchester City Council. Balshaw has also worked as a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at University College Northampton and at the University of Birmingham as Research Fellow and Lecturer in Visual Culture.
Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern she is the gallery’s first British and first woman director appointment as director was announced in January 2016. She first joined the gallery as a curator in 1987, became the head of displays at Tate Modern when it opened in 2000, and became the director of the international art collection in 2006. Before that she worked at the Arnolfini is an international arts center and gallery in Bristol.
Sheena Wagstaff, head of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She too has worked at Tate Modern from 2001 till 2012 she was Chief Curator there. She studied at the University of East Anglia and worked at the Frick in Pittsburgh.
Sarah Munro joined the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead as the new director in November 2015. Before this, she was Artistic Director of Tramway in Glasgow, as well as being instrumental in the GI (Glasgow International) Festival.
Prior to that, she was the Director at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh.
Iwona Blazwick, director of Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Blazwick was Director of AIR Gallery, London from 1984 to 1986. She was Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and as an independent curator in Europe and Japan for museums and major public art projects.
Ann Demeester, director of the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem.
before that, she was the director of De Appel and was director of W139 centers for contemporary art in Amsterdam. Her teacher was the Belgian museum director and curator Jan Hoet with whom she worked at SMAK in Ghent, Belgium and the Herford museum Marta Germany.
Ellen Blumenstein is a notable independent curator. From 2013 to 2016 she was Chief Curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. She has worked at Documenta X in Kassel and at MoMA PS1 in New York and the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.