Stephan Jost and Maria Balshaw in Conversation

Headshots of speakers Stephan Jost and Maria Balshaw

Jost image by the AGO, Balshaw image by Petr Krejci


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Stephan Jost and Maria Balshaw in Conversation

Thursday July 16, 4 pm

Stephan Jost, AGO Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO, welcomes Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate, for a conversation on the role of museums.

Maria Balshaw is Director of Tate, a role she has held since June 2017. She has overall responsibility for Tate’s strategic direction and day-to-day operations. She has worked to reframe the context and perspective of this long-established institution to engage with sensitive times, furthering the mission of inclusiveness and equality to connect with a wider audience. As Director, Maria is also the Accounting Officer appointed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Previously, Maria was Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester; Director of Manchester City Galleries; and Director of Culture for Manchester City Council.

Stephan Jost became the director of the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2016. Following his appointment, Stephan demonstrated immediate leadership by thoughtfully exploring the AGO’s visitorship, collection and key strengths in order to strategically focus on three mission-aligned areas: art, access and learning. He has overseen the revitalization of several key areas in the Gallery, helped clarify new audience target segments; and launched Look:Forward, a major reinstallation of the AGO’s remarkable Collection.

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Stephan Jost and Maria Balshaw in Conversation


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