We are glad to welcome Clarrie Wallis to CIMAM!

1 June 2023

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"As someone who recognises the important role arts organisations can play in regeneration, raising aspirations, and health and well-being, I am eager to learn from others about how cultural organisations can address these challenges and embrace transformational change through new ways of thinking and behaving. In the UK, we are facing particularly complex challenges with the cost of living crisis and greater constraints on funding across the arts, already heavily impacted by the pandemic. The need for galleries and museums to champion the value of art and creative learning has never been more important."

Clarrie Wallis, Director, Turner Contemporary, Margate, United Kingdom

In 2022, I assumed the role of Director at Turner Contemporary, a contemporary art gallery located on Margate seafront and housed in a building designed by Sir David Chipperfield. In this position, I am responsible for shaping the gallery's vision and mission, as well as overseeing a dynamic program of free exhibitions, events, and learning opportunities. Our work extends beyond the boundaries of the gallery, driving social and economic regeneration in East Kent and transforming the lives of individuals in one of the UK's most deprived areas.

During my tenure at Tate, I had the opportunity to commission and curate numerous ground breaking exhibitions and collections displays, including 'Hew Locke: The Procession' (2022), 'Chila Kumari Singh Burman' (2020), 'Steve McQueen: Year 3' (2019), 'Mark Leckey O’ Magic Power of Bleakness' (2019), 'Mike Nelson: The Asset Strippers' (2019), 'Cerith Wyn Evans: Forms in Line and Space' (2017), 'Mona Hatoum' (2016), 'Patrick Caulfield' (2013), 'Richard Long: Heaven & Earth' (2009), 'Mark Wallinger: State Britain' (2007), and 'Tacita Dean: Recent Films and Other Works' (2001). Furthermore, I played a key role in acquiring significant works for the Tate collection and served as a member of the Tate Frieze Fund.


CIMAM – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art – is an Affiliated Organization of ICOM.* Founded in 1962, CIMAM’s vision is a world where the contribution of museums, collections, and archives of modern and contemporary art to the cultural, social, and economic well-being of society is recognized and respected.

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Thank you Clarrie Wallis, for becoming a member of CIMAM!