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AICA Congratulates Barlow, Morris, Pomery


AICA congratulates three exceptional women: an artist, a curator and a gallery director for their outstanding contribution to the visual arts in the UK and internationally.


Phyllida Barlow, sculptor, on her CBE in the New Years Honours list. The artist’s fearlessly riotous work filled Tate Britain’s tomb like Duveen Galleries, awakening even the most passive of visitors to the possibilities of sculpture. Phyllida Barlow will be the 40th artist to join the Tate’s Artist Rooms collection.


Frances Morris, Tate Modern’s Director of Collections, for international art on her appointment as Director Tate Modern, succeeding Chris Dercon. Morris will be the fourth and the first woman Director of the museum as it enters a new chapter with the opening of the Herzog de Meuron £250m extension in June. The current exhibition, the eye opening The World Goes Pop, is the latest exhibition to show that under her direction the Tate has vastly broadened its international collection and exhibition programme beyond a Eurocentric focus.


Victoria Pomery, Director, on the phenomenal success of Turner Contemporary, Margate which has reached its annual visit target of over 350,000 for 2015-16, two months ahead of schedule. Rail travel to the seaside town is up 30%. This has been achieved through commissioning a signature building by David Chipperfield Architects and presenting a risk taking programme of contemporary art, an outstanding achievement in a tough environment.