Sir Nicholas Serota appointed the new Chair of Arts Council England

 Sir Nicholas Serota. Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning 2016.

Sir Nicholas Serota. Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning 2016.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced that Sir Nicholas Serota has been appointed the Chair of the Arts Council. He joins the Arts Council after serving 28 years as the Director at Tate, and will take over the role when Sir Peter Bazalgette ends his term in January 2017.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said:

Nicholas Serota has transformed the Tate during his time there, making it one of the leading art institutions in the world, and I am delighted he is taking up the position as Chair of Arts Council England.

He brings unparallelled experience, creativity and wisdom and will continue to be an enthusiastic champion of the arts in his new role. I would like to thank Sir Peter Bazalgette for his fantastic energy and hard work in the role as he passes the baton to Nicholas.

Sir Nicholas Serota said:

I am delighted to have been appointed to succeed Sir Peter Bazalgette as Chair of the Arts Council from 1 February 2017. This is an enormous honour, given the seventy year history of the Council, its success in recent years and the crucial role that it plays in promoting art and culture in this country.

The appointment was made by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, with the approval of the Prime Minister.