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Maria Balshaw

Whitworth Art Gallery

Maria Balshaw is Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery, part of the University of Manchester, and the Manchester City Galleries. As Director of these 2 major institutions, holding internationally important collections of fine and decorative art of more than 80,000 objects, she is responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery.

An academic by training she has worked as a Director within the cultural sector for the past 10 years. Alongside her role as Director of Manchester City Galleries and the Whitworth Art Gallery Maria has recently taken on the role of Strategic Lead for Culture for Manchester City Council.

In April 2014 the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport appointed Maria Balshaw as a board member of Arts Council England. The appointment is for a term of 4 years, from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2018

Maria was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015.

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