Director of Tate Modern Visits QE

Frances Morris Inspires Students with Powerful Presentation on Art

QE 6th formers and year 11 art students were treated to a visit by Frances Morris, Director of the Tate Modern, recently.

Frances, a passionate promoter of female artists, delivered a wide-ranging and fascinating talk to over 40 students in the Western Road, school library.

Frances spoke to the students about her career, first as a curator at the Tate and now as Director and went on to explore the barriers faced by women in the past, in relation to becoming professional artists.

Year 13 student Mia Fulford said; “It was really inspirational to see someone like Frances Morris talk about her job, particularly as she is the first woman in her role! I learnt a lot in a very short space of time, and I thought her focus on both women's and other art that has been culturally overlooked was really refreshing. I really feel like going back to the Tate now soon!”

Frances also shared her views on the importance of creative arts in education. In an effort to mitigate creative arts losses across UK state school curriculums, the Tate closed its’ doors to the public for a day, inviting its local schools to enjoy a full day in the museum attending workshops and looking at the art. The Tate also opens its doors to young artists and performers on the last Friday of every month.

This event was organised and arranged by Speakers for Schools. Founded in 2011 by ITV’s Political Editor, Robert Peston, Speakers for Schools’ aim is to end educational inequality by giving all young people access to the same prestigious networks available to the top fee-paying schools in the UK. Find out more here: https://www.speakers4schools.org/