The Trust Deed that created the American Fund for the Tate Gallery was signed thirty years ago on November 30, 1987. The endowment was gifted by Sir Edwin and Lady Manton to help Tate acquire works of art from North and South America. As an independent charity increasing number of donors supported the work of Tate in the 1990s which led to us opening an office in New York in 1999. Today, the Tate Americas Foundation – as we are now known – raises on average $15 million a year. Over the past thirty years we have raised over $300 million towards a large variety of projects at Tate, particularly the creation of Tate Modern, as well as numerous art acquisitions. We are indebted to the Sir Edwin and Lady Manton’s foresight for their truly transformative gift.
It was with enormous sadness that we learnt last month of the passing of our Trustee, Henry Christensen III. Terry, as he was widely known, was legal counsel to the Manton’s and a founding Trustee. For thirty years, he guided our organization with great sensitivity and he was a much loved part of Tate’s family. His loss is very deeply felt and our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Constance and their four children, Alexander, Gus, Elizabeth and Katherine.
We are pleased to welcome Marta Regina Fernandez Holman (Key Biscayne) who is rejoining as a member of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee, and Mala Gaonkar (London) who is joining as a member of the North American Acquisitions Committee.