We’re delighted to announce Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate, and Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama as Clore Emerging Futures 2018’s Keynote Speakers.

Maria Balshaw CBE is the first female Director of the Tate, a role she has held since June 2017. Previously, she ran the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries and served as Director of Culture for Manchester City Council from 2013-2017. Maria played a leading role in establishing the city as a major cultural centre. She is a Clore Fellow and a Board Member of Clore Leadership and Manchester International Festival. Maria’s keynote will focus on the theme of Leadership in Changing Times and her hopes and ambitions for the leadership of cultural spaces. As the world around us continues to change rapidly, what are the responsibilities of cultural leaders to artists and audiences in an increasingly expanding and diverse global arts scene? How should museums function as artistic and civic spaces in the 21st century?

Ibrahim Mahama epitomizes the artist as leader. Born in 1987, he has become one of the most internationally visible artists working out of Africa today. His immersive installations draw attention to Ghana’s historic economic exploitation and the global transportation of goods across borders. In this talk he will share his ongoing inquiry into the evolution of objects and materials from one context to another, the impact of his international success, and how his training at the College of Art (KNUST) in Kumasi inspired him to self-fund studios/spaces for Ghanaian artists’ critical artistic exploration and practice.

We’re delighted to welcome Maria and Ibrahim at Clore Emerging Futures as our keynote speakers.