Iwona Blazwick has been Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London, since 2001 and is a critic, broadcaster and lecturer. She was formerly at Tate Modern and London’s ICA as well as working as an independent curator in Europe and Japan. Blazwick was a Commissioning Editor for Phaidon Press, is series editor of Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Documents of Contemporary Art and publishes extensively on art and arts institutions.
Blazwick has served on numerous juries and is chair of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and serves on Film London’s Jarman Award. She is on the advisory board of the Government Art Collection, the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and the Paul Mellon Foundation. She is a Trustee of Harewood House, Yorkshire. Blazwick has honorary degrees from Goldsmiths College, University of London; London Metropolitan University; Plymouth University; University of the Arts, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Art. She was awarded an OBE for services to art in 2007.