Tessa Jackson


Iniva CEO Tessa Jackson

Tessa Jackson was the Chief Executive Officer of Iniva from 2009 to 2015. She has over 25 years experience within the visual arts as a gallery director, curator, and consultant on cultural policy and strategic planning in Britain and internationally. 

Tessa Jackson was the founding Artistic Director of Artes Mundi, Wales' International Visual Art Exhibition and Prize, a role she held from 2002 -10, combining this with running her own consultancy - International Cultural Development. She was appointed as Interim Chief Executive to Iniva in November 2008 and recently has curated exhibitions by NS Harsha and Chen Chieh-jen as well as Zineb Sedira.

Tessa Jackson was co-author of the Review of the Presentation of the Contemporary Visual Arts which led to Arts Council England's 10 year strategy Turning Point (2006). As Director of the Scottish Arts Council (1999-2001) she contributed to Scotland's first National Cultural Strategy, and as Director at Arnolfini, Bristol (1991 - 1999) she curated a range of significant exhibitions and prepared the way for its building re-development by appointing its design team and gaining an Arts Council capital lottery grant of £5.3m.

Tessa Jackson has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to art.

Summary biography: Chief Executive & Artistic Director Artes Mundi, Wales' International Visual Art Prize (2002-2010); Consultant for International Cultural Development (since 2002); Director, The Scottish Arts Council Edinburgh (1999-2001); Director, Arnolfini, Bristol (1991-1999); Head of Visual Arts, Festival Office, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow (1988-1991); Curator, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (1982-1988).Selected publications written by Tessa Jackson: Signs of the Times - Art and Industry in Scotland 1750-1985, William Hare, John R Hume & Tessa Jackson, University of Strathclyde (1987); Telling Tales: Annette Messager, Arnolfini in association with Cornerhouse (1992); Dorothy Cross - Even, Tessa Jackson & Paul Bonaventura, Arnolfini (1996); John Virtue, Tessa Jackson, Michael Hue Williams (1999); Fiona Tan: Correction, Reading the Visible and the Invisible, Tessa Jackson, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago / New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York & Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004); Artes Mundi, Wales International Visual Art Prize, series of commissioned essays, edited by Tessa Jackson, Artes Mundi / Seren (2004, 2006, 2008).

Selected Board responsibilities include: Advisory Board, Tate Gallery St Ives (1994-1999); Panel Member, International Initiatives Fund, Arts Council of England (1995-1999); Member of Scotland Committee, British Council (2000-2002); Member of New Moves International, Scotland (2003-2007); Chair, Edinburgh Art Festival (since 2005).

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