at home: Paul Mellon Lectures
Established in 1994, this lecture series was named in honor of Paul Mellon (Yale College Class of 1929), the philanthropist, art collector, and founder of both the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) in New Haven and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art Studies (PMC) in London. Coorganized by the two institutions, the biennial lectures were traditionally delivered in person by a specialist in British art at the both the National Gallery in London and the Yale Center for British Art.
This year’s series, entitled The Museum and Gallery Today, is exclusively online and features individual talks from some of the world’s most distinguished museum and gallery directors. The lectures are presented as free live webinars.
About Maria Balshaw
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, Balshaw is also the Accounting Officer appointed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.
Previously, Balshaw was Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester; Director of Manchester City Galleries; and Director of Culture for Manchester City Council.
Balshaw holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and cultural studies from the University of Liverpool, and a Master of Arts degree in critical theory and a DPhil in African American visual and literary culture from the University of Sussex. She is Chair of the National Museum Directors’ Council and is a Trustee of the Boards of the Clore Leadership Programme and Manchester International Festival. In 2015, she was awarded a CBE for services to the arts.