Alistair Hudson

Director, Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries (United Kingdom)

Alistair Hudson became Director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries in February 2018, previous to that he was the Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima); his vision for mima was based on the concept of the Useful Museum, as an institution dedicated to the promotion of art as a tool for education and social change.

For the preceding ten years Alistair was Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts in Coniston in the Lake District, which gained critical acclaim for its radical approaches to working with artists and communities, based on the idea that art should be useful and not just an object of contemplation.
Key projects in this time include Romantic Detachment, PS1/MoMA, New York; Happystacking, China, Instituto Mechanicos, Sao Paulo Bienal, the development of the Coniston Mechanics Institute, Cumbria and Confessions of the Imperfect: 1848 – 1989 – Now at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven.

Alistair was educated at Goldsmiths’ College 1988 – 1991 and has previously worked at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery London (1994- 2000) and The Government Art Collection (2000-04) where, as Projects Curator, he devised a public art strategy for the new Home Office building with Liam Gillick and a series of commissions in diplomatic buildings around the world.

In 2015 he was a juror for the Turner Prize and instrumental in promoting Assemble for their work on the Granby Four Streets project in Toxteth, Liverpool.

Alistair is Co-director of the Asociación de Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera – an expansive international project and online archive that forms part of the Uses of Art programmes with the L’internationale confederation.

The Useful Museum