Clarrie Wallis is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. Since joining Tate in 2000, Clarrie has been responsible for contributing to the planning, development and implementation of the Exhibitions & Displays programme at Tate with specific reference to British Art from 1960 to the present. She is currently working on projects with Mike Nelson, Steve McQueen and Mark Leckey and researching a publication on Rose Wylie.
Clarrie has curated a number of major exhibitions for Tate including Mona Hatoum (2016), Patrick Caulfield (2013), Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists (2013), Barry Flanagan (2011), Richard Long: Heaven and Earth (2009) and Tacita Dean: Recent Films and other Works (2001). She curated the Duveens Commission in 2001 and 2007 & 2016 working with artists Mona Hatoum, Mark Wallinger and Cerith Wyn Evans.
Clarrie is responsible for the Art Now programme at Tate Britain which show cases the work of emerging artists including Marguerite Humeau and Lisa Brice. She also focuses on acquisitions of contemporary and emerging art and since 2012 has been a member of the Selection Committee for Tate Frieze Fund (previously Tate Outset Frieze Fund). She is a Member of the Fine Art Faculty of The British School at Rome. Prior to joining Tate Clarrie was a Curator in the Visual Arts Department of the British Council. In 1999 she was the curator of Gary Hume’s exhibition in the British Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale.
Areas of research include contemporary painting and British sculpture after 1965 with particular reference to artists associated with the Sculpture department at Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design, London, who are part of an international generation of artists that extended the possibilities of sculpture beyond traditional materials and methods. She has published and lectured extensively on contemporary art including a Richard Long Reader, Ridinghouse (2015) and monographs on Patrick Caulfield, Tate (2013) and Richard Deacon, Tate (2014). She holds an MA in Curating from the Royal College of Art, London and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London.