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of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery held on Thursday 14
July 2005 at 9.30 am in the Board Room at Tate Britain
Paul Myners (Chair), Helen Alexander, Victoria Barnsley,
Patricia Lankester, Chris Ofili, Julian Opie, Fiona Rae, Jon Snow, John Studzinksi
Sir Nicholas Serota (Director), Alex Beard (Deputy Director),
Jan Debbaut (Director, Tate Collection), Dr Stephen Deuchar (Director, Tate Britain),
Will Gompertz (Director, Communications), Richard Fairbrother (minutes) (Head
of Policy and Planning and Secretary to the Board of Trustees), Andrea Nixon (Head
of Development), Vicente Todoli (Director, Tate Modern), Sian Williams (Director
of Finance and Operations)
Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Melanie Clore, Sir Howard Davies and Jennifer Latto.
2 Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tate
Gallery held on Wednesday 18 May 2005
The minutes were approved
as a true record and signed by Paul Myners.
3 Conflict of Interest Declarations
4 Matters Arising
There were none.
5 Director's Report
Tate Modern Sponsorship Trustees noted the report on the negotiation of the
Tate Modern sponsorship agreement. The proposed agreement was now acceptable to
Tate and could be signed shortly. The Trustees approved and commended Andrea Nixon
and her team for their efforts.
5.2 Event for Major Benefactors: June 2006
Trustees noted the report on this issue, and that the proposal must now be postponed
at least until 2008. Trustees agreed that planning should proceed. There would
be further opportunities to review the proposal at subsequent meetings.
Update on Planning Round 2006 Trustees noted the report.
Extranet Trustees noted the report.
5.5 Trustee Appointment Trustees
noted the report.
5.6 Annual Dinner with National Gallery Trustees
Trustees noted the report.
5.7 2006/2007 Board Dates Trustees noted
the dates of 2006 and 2007 Board meetings.
5.8 Tate Finance Report
Trustees noted the report.
5.9 Security Update - Tabled Item
noted the tabled report, including that security measures would be carefully and
regularly reviewed in light of advice from Government in coming weeks.
Tate Publishing The Trustees noted with pleasure the Director's report on
the success of the book published to accompany A Picture of Britain.
6 Main Business Items
6.1 Update on Completing
Tate Modern and Presentation of Completing Tate Modern Plans by Herzog & de Meuron
Harry Gugger and Michael Casey joined the meeting and explained the latest developments
in the Completing Tate Modern design process. The plan would be presented to the
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment on 27 July 2005. The design
freeze was scheduled for mid September 2005. This design would be the basis of
the Environmental Impact Assessment. The planning application would now seek planning
permission for possible building works not covered under the current budget but
which may be affordable in the future. The architects would continue to work with
Tate curators and consult with Artist Trustees on the design of the display areas.
The Chairman led a general discussion about the impact of the 2012 Olympics. Trustees
noted that the Director had met with representatives of around 20 cultural groups
on the South Bank and discussed ideas for contributions to the Olympics year.
Discussions would continue.
7 Request to Waive Requirement for In-situ Terrorism Cover
The report was noted and the Trustees agreed to the waiver, subject to further
discussion with the National Gallery in London and the National Gallery of Art
in Washington. The Chairman brought forward Agenda Items 10-17.
Annual Financial Statements
(agenda item 10) The contents of the
statement were noted.
9 Acquisitions for Noting
(agenda item 11) Trustees
noted the acquisitions.
10 Acquisitions for Decision
(agenda item 12)
The Trustees approved the proposed acquisition.
11 Two Minutes Silence
At 12 noon, the Trustees
observed a period of two minutes silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist
bombings in London on 7 July 2005.
12 Designation of Turner Insurance Proceeds
item 13) The meeting noted the report.
Appointment to the Tate Modern Council
(agenda item 14)
The meeting approved the appointment of Dakis Joannou to the Tate Modern Council
for a term of three years.
14 Register of Interests 1 April 2004 - 31 March 2005
(agenda item 16) The meeting noted John Studzinski's register of interests.
Approval of Statutory Accounts
The Director of Finance and Operations
advised that the Statutory Accounts were complete and awaited final approval from
HM Treasury. Trustees authorised the Chairman to sign the accounts once the Treasury
approval was received.
16 Investment Report and Policy
The meeting noted
the report and approved the revised investment policy. The meeting then considered
the remaining agenda items.
17 Tate Liverpool Business Plan
of Tate Liverpool, Christoph Grunenberg, joined the meeting and explained the
key points of the Tate Liverpool business plan. Trustees noted the gallery's goal
of maximising the longer term impact of Liverpool's year as European Capital of
Culture in 2008. Trustees agreed that the plan was coherent and commended Mr Grunenberg
and his team for their work.
18 Collecting Contemporary Art in East Asia and South East Asia
Trustees noted the report on developing a Tate strategy to collect contemporary
art from China and South East Asia. Changes since the drafting of the report were
noted. Trustees agreed the recommendations in the report.
19 Forward Business Agenda - September/November
noted the forward business agenda.
20 Any Other Business
Trustees noted the list
of forthcoming business. 21 Date of Next Meeting Trustees noted that the next
meeting would be held on 21 September 2005.