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Will Gompertz

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BBC Arts Editor (2009-present)

Former Director at the Tate

Renowned arts critic and commentator

“Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had.” – The Guardian

Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and a highly respected commentator on The Arts.

Voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine, Will was a Director of the Tate Gallery for 7 years before taking on his BBC role. Here, he was responsible for Tate Online – the UK’s most popular art website which has won numerous awards including a Bafta and a Webby. He also set up a TV production unit, making arts programmes for Channel 4 and ITV and finalising a movie deal with Aardman Animation shortly before leaving. He was also responsible for the Tate Etc magazine.

As a writer, Will has penned numerous articles for, among others, The Times and the Guardian and his book “What are you Looking At? 50 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye” was published by Penguin in Autumn 2012.

In 2009, he wrote and performed a sell-out one-man comedy show about modern art at the Edinburgh Festival.

Our Comment

"Already an influential figure in the art world, Will has been catapulted into the public eye since joining the BBC. He has become one of the country's best-loved art critics and commentators, renowned for his chatty and witty style."

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