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The Whitworth has a new director

On the 11th October, it was announced, by the University of Manchester’s Whitworth, that Alistair Hudson has been appointed and the new director for the Art Gallery. Taking up his role in the New Year, Hudson succeeds Maria Balshaw, as she moves to the position as Director of the Tate.

Alistair brings a vast history of experience with him, from being at the forefront of the culture sector and a strong background of championing art as a tool for social change and education. Hudson’s history as the director at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), for the past 3 years, successfully engaged local communities and placed the gallery as one of the most prestigious in the UK.

Beginning his career at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery in London in 1994 until 2000, Hudson moved onto the Government Art Collection until 2004 where he created a public art strategy for the new Home Office building. Moving on in 2004, he became deputy director of Grizedale Arts in the Lake District, where he aided the institution to reach critical acclaim for radical approaches to working with artists and communities.

When speaking about his new role, Alistair Hudson stated,

‘I am completely thrilled to be taking up this post in Manchester. The city’s cultural scene is one of the most dynamic and diverse in the country and Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth are at the heart of this. Maria Balshaw and her teams have established both institutions at the forefront of the democratisation of art, working for all of society. I look forward to driving this mission forward and working across the region in projects that have real impact in people’s lives.’

For more information on the Whitworth and Alistair’s appointment as Director, click HERE.

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